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Jul 3, 2023Liked by David Moscrop

Will I miss Meta not referencing Canadian news, nope, not on Facebook.

Google, while I use it I seldom use to find news and there are many other search engines. So I won't miss them either

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Other digital-era victims have just died quietly (travel agents, video stores) or reached some accommodation in lessened straits (hotels, taxis).

It's a mind-bender; if every journal had really effective paywalls, you'd think they'd have to deal: pay for a link that lets you through the paywall. Maybe they'll gradually be driven down to only emailing stories to those with the right individualized crypto token when they click to request it.

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"it also makes sense to fund media to keep it from dying"...It seldom--if ever--makes sense to subsidize anyone/thing. It's habit forming, productivity-reducing and poor financial use for those already going out of business.

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Will Canada extend this to TikTok? They just introduced text posts. What about links from Google's Bard or a ChatGPT with references that they're building? The issue with this legislation is that it's narrowly tailored at a few companies that the Canadian legislative bodies don't like.

As you said, it's a drop in the bucket for Facebook and Google as well. Subsidies and grants these companies get in Ads, and esp Google w/r/t data centers, far outstrips the amount they'd be forced to give to news agencies. If taxpayers are funding it already by way of subsidies, it makes more sense for Canada (& AUS) to actually fund local news if it's a true national value/goal. Attempts like this smack of punishing innovation because it disrupts a comfortable model, rather than dealing with the problem itself.

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There'll never be sufficient policy to regulate tech giants given the plethora of ways AI can be harnessed for exploitation and predation. We have to stop catering to them and be more proactive to satisfy people's needs and desires. If ever there was a time for economic transformation, it's now. Starting with nationalized telecoms.

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