Episode 193: The Online Harms Act is Nearly Here - A Backgrounder and Preview

February 26, 2024 00:34:01
Episode 193: The Online Harms Act is Nearly Here - A Backgrounder and Preview
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Episode 193: The Online Harms Act is Nearly Here - A Backgrounder and Preview

Feb 26 2024 | 00:34:01

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Show Notes

The government plans to introduce the Online Harms Act later today, bringing forward long-delayed legislation that will include new responsibilities and liabilities for Internet platforms alongside an extensive complaints and enforcement governance structure. What is likely to be Bill C-63 will focus on protecting children online and will be the most contentious of the government’s Internet regulation bills given the challenge of balancing safeguards with freedom of expression. This week’s Law Bytes podcast features a combined backgrounder and preview of the bill as I walk through the years of failed consultations, expert panels, changing ministers, and challenges in bringing it forward, highlight the key issues at stake, and contrast the online harms bill with Bill S-210, which seems destined to share the spotlight.

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