Thursday, November 21, 2013

Readings for December 2 class

Readings for the December 2 class (themes: preservation & privacy) have now been posted.

Canadian Government Information Private LOCKSS Network

OCUL Trusted Digital Repository. Browse some of the links to get a sense of the work involved in becoming a trusted digital repository.

Privacy & Surveillance

BC Civil Liberties Association. 2013.  More than 30 organizations uniting to protect Canadians' privacy rights. Read one or more of the articles linked under "more information" and be prepared to discuss.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. 2013. Human rights groups to the UN: reject mass surveillance. Attempt by the "5-eyes" nations (Canada is one) to dilute anti-surveillance language fails.

Geist, M. 2013. The privacy threats in Bill C-13, Part One: partial immunity for personal information disclosures without a warrant

Freedom of Information uncovers Canadian government support for corporate espionage

The Guardian used Freedom of Information requests to uncover this:

Lukacs, M. and Groves, T. (2013). Canadian spies met with energy firms, documents reveal. The Guardian, October 9, 2013.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Readings for Nov. 11 - copyright & licensing

This is a long list of readings, but most are quite short and a number are websites to skim...

Geist, M. (2013) Introduction. The copyright pentalogy. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press. Free download here:
(10 pages - brief introduction to one of the major currents in Canadian copyright law)

Government of Canada (2013). Crown copyright and licensing. Website. Retrieved Nov. 2013 from

Government of Canada (2013). Open government license consultation report. Website. Retrieved Nov. 2013 from
-  see also Scassa, T. (2012). Canada's new draft open government license. Retrieved Nov. 2013 from

U.S. Government (n.d.). Copyright and other rights pertaining to U.S. government works. Website. Retrieved Nov. 2013 from

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (n.d.). What is intellectual property? Website. Retrieved Nov. 2013 from

McLaren, C. (n.d.). Copyrights and copywrongs: interview with Siva Vaidhyanathan. Stay free! 20. Retrieved Nov. 2013 from
(Recommended: Vaidhyanathan's books Copyrights and Copywrongs, or The Anarchist in the Library.

Simeone, T. (2004). Indigeneous traditional knowledge and intellectual property rights. Ottawa: Parliament of Canada. Retrieved Nov. 2013 from