Influencing the Internet: Lobbyists and Interest Groups’ Impact on Digital Rights in Canada
in Dubois, E. and Martin-Bariteau, F. (eds.), Citizenship in a Connected Canada: A Research and Policy Agenda, Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press, 2020
23 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020 Last revised: 6 Nov 2020
Date Written: June 7, 2020
This chapter provides a summary of empirical research investigating the relationships and perceptions of Members of Parliament, public policy professionals, and lobbyists engaged with technology files in Canada, and their understanding of digital rights. Findings from 16 qualitative elite interviews with professionals indicate various levels of trust between these actors, and various levels of understanding of technological business models, and technology issues. The chapter examines the potential impacts of the political communication dynamics between actors on the digital rights agenda in Canada. This chapter examines the future of digital rights in Canada and the impacts of the public policy environment on the digital rights agenda by drawing on more recent public policy announcements in Canada, such as the release of the Digital Charter in 2019 and the subsequent federal election.
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