The seven key elements of a digital policy to protect Canadians
- Protect the privacy of social media users.
- Change anti-trust and competition laws, especially to curb the duopoly of Facebook and Google.
- Start taxing data/platform companies and make them levy sales taxes on their transactions.
- Explore ways to make these high-tech giants pay users for the use of their information.
- Make Netflix play by the same rules as other broadcasters. Have the CRTC regulate it.
- Get guarantees against fake news, on pain of huge fines.
- Control hate, as does Germany.
There's more discussion at the link; I just listed the seven elements. I'm not sure they're so much a "digital bill of rights" as just "some ideas that could raise money and take big scary companies down a notch or two".
I'd love to know, though, how we're supposed to "fix" the "duopoly" of Facebook and Google. Perhaps we can tell Canadians that if their SIN ends in an odd number, they can continue to use FB and Google, but if it ends in an even number they must switch to Diaspora and Duck Duck Go. As I've already suggested, the popularity of those two sites has everything to do with the fact that they have the most users (i.e. people's friends and such) or the most search records, respectively. We literally don't WANT either of them to stop growing, or their value to us diminishes.
#4 is also kind of funny. babble may not be a "tech giant", but if, on principle, people should be monetarily rewarded for providing the content for a site, then I'm going to ask babble to please make my cheque out to "cash". Surely if posting that "I'm feeling verklempt" on FB is worth a penny, so is this post, right?
I guess I would be willing to accept FB if it was possible for a user to delete all the data collected about them when they chose to leave FB. The problem isn't just that it hoovers up data, but that deleting that data from the system is difficult, if not impossible. That should change.
Well, I'm one of those people who doesn't believe that if you flounce from babble, you have some specific right to have every contribution you've ever made here deleted.
There is, of course, one super-easy way to control what data FB has about you...