CNIE championing copyright reform issues

AMTEC, and now CNIE-RCIE, are very engaged in copyright reform — and have been for as long as I can remember. It will come as no surprise to readers that copyright, and by extension copyleft, is an issue that has legal, social, pragmatic and philosophical importance. If you’re interested in copyright, and you should be, consider this request from Maureen Baron and Ray Whitley. I just picked this up from the CNIE-RCIE listserve and pass it along to you.
Ross Mutton, retired from Carleton University, was the AMTEC copyright point person for many years and is currently acting as an advisor to the CNIE Board of Directors on the copyright dossier.
Maureen Baron, CNIE President, will represent CNIE at the government sponsored copyright consultation Town Hall scheduled for Montreal on July 30, 2009. She and several CNIE Board members will then write an electronic submission for the federal consultation website, . CNIE’s position will reflect their members’ interests, concerns and realities in the education sector. It will be important for both K-12 and post-secondary communities to present a united front to counterbalance corporate interests and priorities regarding the economics of copyright law and its enforcement.

A key outstanding copyright issue for Canadian educators is the extension of fair dealing provisions in the current Copyright Act to all media, and not just print, and the broadening of the definition of “classroom” to include registered virtual spaces, as well as conventional physical ones. Distance education students and traditional on site students must have equal access to legal and affordable learning resources. Distance education and traditional on site teachers must have equal access to legal and affordable learning resources without having to recreate them every term. Provisions to make circumvention of Digital Rights Management illegal must not impinge on fair dealing, for the sake of archiving, research, and accessibility to learning and teaching resources.

If you have any comments, concerns, ideas or suggestions for the CNIE Copyright submission please forward them to either CNIE President Maureen Baron at or to CNIE Past President Ray Whitley at

If you have already submitted an electronic submission to the government on the Copyright consultation and would like to share this with the CNIE membership, please post it to the listserv or send it to either Maureen or Ray. If you have, or plan to attend any of the Town Hall meetings, please send any comments on the experience or the content to Maureen or Ray.


Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany
15-17 January 2010

Berlin, today, has great influence within the realms of science, technology, commerce, architecture and the arts. No other region in Europe has such a rich concentration of scientific, academic and research facilities, as does Berlin. Adlershof, a district of Berlin, has become one of the world’s 15 largest science and technology parks and is named the ‘City for Science, Technology and Media’. The focal points of Berlin’s research span the depths of medical technology, biotechnology, information and communications technology, optical technology, material sciences and transportation and environmental technologies. Showing testament to the quality of this very research, one of the products of Berlin’s research, a digital film recorder, received an Oscar for technical innovation at the 2002 Academy Awards in Hollywood. At the heart of the recorder, a new frequency-stabilized laser diode, was the creation of the Ferdinand Braun Institute for Highest Frequency Technology. Of addit
ional significance, the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy generated the world’s shortest light pulse (used to examine ultra-fast chemical processes and primary biological procedures), with a duration of only 3.8 femto seconds – another tribute to Berlin’s thriving technological research.

This Conference will address a range of critically important themes in the various fields that address the complex and subtle relationships between technology, knowledge and society. The Conference is cross-disciplinary in scope, meeting points for technologists with a concern for the social and social scientists with a concern for the technological. The focus is primarily, but not exclusively, on information and communications technologies.

The Conference includes plenary presentations by accomplished researchers, scholars and practitioners, as well as numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this Conference, we also encourage you to present on the Conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the Conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 13 August 2009. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website –

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Berlin in January 2010.

Yours Sincerely,

Karim Gherab Martin
Visiting Research Scholar
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
For the Advisory Board, International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society and The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society

ID position at Thompson Rivers University

Open Learning Division

The Open Learning Division of Thompson Rivers University (TRU-OL) ( is one of Canada’s leading distance education providers. Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) delivers over 400 individual courses and 57 programs to more than 10,000 students studying at a distance on an annual basis, from across Canada and around the world.
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