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“If we accept that news is a public good, not something we can treat as a product to be traded like soap, then we have to develop economic models that somehow get the public to pay for it.”
“Bill C-18 is a test case of the power of platforms like Google and Meta to run and control Canada’s communications infrastructures. While the agreement allows all sides to claim victory, it is clear that Google successfully extracted key concessions over how it is regulated in Canada.”
“Our interviews showed that platforms were able to push for individual deals that aligned with their own business priorities.”
The potential here is for democratic governments to evolve their digital policy models based on each other’s experiences.
No solution is ideal. The worst thing that journalists can do, however, is to step aside and let media owners and platforms decide among themselves.
The U.K. and Canada look ready to copy Australia’s idea to force Google and Facebook to give publishers money. But it’s a warped system that rewards the wrong things and lies about where the real value in news lies.
“Readers want to be contributing to something that is successful. So you have to be careful about crisis messaging, saying, ‘Oh gosh, we’re going to go under if we don’t get support.'”
Is a defamatory comment left on your Facebook page more like graffiti on a wall, a streaker on live TV, or a hand-delivered telegram? Whatever your metaphor, Australian courts now say publishers are legally liable for words they neither wrote nor published.
The federal government should follow Australia’s lead in forcing arbitration between platforms and publishers when needed.
“One cannot be betrayed if one has no people.”