This is the first in a series of articles about how Canada should navigate regulating technology companies.
By Jessica Bay
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Canada is on the edge of a precipice. We have the opportunity to stand up for ourselves on the global stage and protect our virtual rights or we can allow “Big Tech” to determine our future. In Australia, Google and Facebook are fighting the government’s attempts to level the playing field for their own news media outlets and the battle is very likely coming to Canada next as we debate new mandatory fees for these corporations.
The Canadian government needs to stand firm in the face of this corporate bullying and pass strong legislation that protects Canadian industry and interests to ensure that, unlike Australia, we aren’t?threatened by Google with the loss of our go-to search engine?and some of our favourite social media platforms.
The?negotiations in Australia centre around new regulations that would see technology giants like Google and Facebook pay media outlets for news that is shared on their platforms. The Australian government wants to address the power imbalance between companies like Google and the much smaller news organizations.