VIDEO – Bill C-18: What’s at Stake for Journalism and Canadian Democracy?

ISOC LIVEOn September 20, 2023 the Canadian Journalism Foundation hosted a panel discussion ‘Bill C-18: What’s at Stake for Journalism and Canadian Democracy?‘ The Canadian government passed Bill C-18, the Online News Act, on June 22, 2023. This bill “aims to enhance fairness in the economic relationship between news businesses and online platforms by enhancing the bargaining position of news businesses relative to that of large and dominant digital news intermediaries.” The legislation, which comes into effect in December 2023, will require tech giants Meta and Google to make agreements with news publishers to compensate them for revenue-generating news content that appears on their sites. In response, both tech companies have removed links from Canadian news sites from their platforms. This panel discussed the potential implications of this legislation for journalists, news outlets, news consumers and Canadian democracy.

Natalie Campbell, Internet Society
Dr. Michael Geist, University of Ottawa
Tai Huynh, The Local
Brian Myles, Le Devoir
Paul Samyn, Winnipeg Free Press

Dr. Mary-Lynn Young, University of British Columbia



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