Canada

Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

When I drove past a billboard earlier this week that promised me a new universe of streaming media, I nearly pulled over to the side of the road so that I could try it. Right. Now. Was this the day I’d been waiting for? The day when I’d finally experience...
Updating Canada’s Election Act so you can tweet the results

Updating Canada’s Election Act so you can tweet the results

Today the Canadian government announced its intention to table legislation that will bring Canada’s Elections Act into the 21st century. Tim Uppal, the junior minister for democratic reform, tweeted today to share the news. That’s right: next election...
Creative disobedience online, from DeCSS to tweettheresults

Creative disobedience online, from DeCSS to tweettheresults

Jon, a young Internet geek has information to share — interest that could be of interest to his friends across the country, or even around the world. He posts it online, where it comes to the attention of government authorities. These authorities inform him that...
Honoring the debt Canada’s connectivity owes to Chinese workers

Honoring the debt Canada’s connectivity owes to Chinese workers

When you choose a historical metaphor, you make claims on conscience as well as imagination. Canada chose to complete its national network of connectivity in November 1985, on the 100th anniversary of completing a national railway built on the hard work of ill-treated Chinese workers. The Canadian – and global — Internet is in danger of repeating that sad history.

Why I’m happy to pay for the New York Times

Why I’m happy to pay for the New York Times

My latest blog post for the Harvard Business Review is a celebration of the New York Times’ new paywall. OK, maybe not a celebration of the paywall itself, but a celebration of the decision to alpha test the paywall on Canadian readers. This news gave me the...
10 action recommendations based on Industry Canada’s Digital Economy conference

10 action recommendations based on Industry Canada’s Digital Economy conference

Today’s Digital Economy conference has surfaced the hunger for a serious effort at moving Canada back into a leadership position in the global digital economy. As the day has unfolded, many people have noted that we need to meet that hunger with a concrete action plan. Here’s my first crack at a set of recommendations, guided by our experience in the emergent field of social media, for both action and further dialogue.

Rob’s Northern Voice keynote

If you’ve ever wondered whether social media is funny, check out the reaction to Rob’s Teh Funny Northern Voice keynote. The Twitter backchannel is reprinted in text below. These tweets are in chronological order, so you can follow the thread of the...