A new book looks at recent developments in Canadian public policy when it comes to information and communications technologies. Here's a promotional blurb being circulated by one of the book's editors:
Seeking Convergence in Policy and Practice: Communications in the Public Interest, Volume 2
Edited by Marita Moll and Leslie Regan Shade. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2004.
It's a post 9-11 communications world. E-mail is polluted with obnoxious spam and data-eating viruses. Governments are nervously trying to bring order to the chaos through regulation — the very instrument that was labelled during the '90's as offensive to progress. The “information wants to be free” rally cry of early Internet libertarians has been replaced by the “information needs to be monitored” cry of the new surveillance society.
In this new collection, noted Canadian academics and activists explore critical communications issues, from meaningful citizen engagement in public policy debate to privacy protection in the emerging health infostructure.
Order form, Table of Contents, Preface, and Introduction