Online & Digital Media News – ISED unveils Digital Charter

Navdeep Bains

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Min. Navdeep Bains unveiled a new Digital Charter Tuesday – a roadmap to safely manage Canadians’ data amidst the challenges of an increasingly data-driven innovation economy. Aimed at building “a foundation of trust for Canadians in the digital sphere,” it includes proposals to modernize the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which governs the use of data and personal information by private entities. It’s unlikely the proposed digital reforms will become law before this fall’s federal election. Read more here.

Postmedia is set to buy a minority stake in online startup The Logic. The subscription outlet, which soft-launched last June, is helmed by David Skok – former head of Digital Strategy for the Toronto Star – and is focused on the innovation economy and its impact on business, policy and culture. Postmedia’s minority investment will include an undefined distribution relationship for The Logic content. In an editorial post, Skok says the publication will continue to operate independently.

“Journal de Mourréal” – an online parody site – will have to change its name and pay out $23,500 in damages to Le Journal de Montreal parent company MédiaQMI for appropriating its trademark for profit. A Quebec judge ruled Tuesday that the fake news site was designed to mimic the general appearance of the publication and violates the Trademarks Act. The site has been active since 2013, founded by Montreal’s Janick Murray-Hall, who is also behind the World Daily News Report. Among those who testified at the trial was RDI host Anne-Marie Dussault, who was the subject of a story falsely claiming she had been in a relationship with former health minister Gaétan Barrette.

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