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Dear Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada,
My name is Dione Leung and I am currently a student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. I am writing in on the Paper for the Consultation on a Modern Copyright Framework for Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things to express both my appreciation and concerns.
First and foremost, I would like to express my appreciation that the government of Canada is considering the rapidly evolving technology in the Canadian economy and society. This shows forward thinking and brings me hope that we as Canadians will not be left behind as technology continues to innovate and develop.
While reading the consultation as a student concerned about sustainability and accessibility of technology, I was particularly concerned about technological protection measures (TPM) in Section 3.2 Repair. I recognize the difficulties in balancing the protection of intellectual property while encouraging competition and growth. However, there appears to be a disconnect between the effect of policies on companies that seek to protect their intellectual property, and the average Canadian citizen, who simply wants a working product.
The paper identifies the ongoing movement for the Right to Repair and acknowledges e-waste. I would also like to bring to attention the Digital Divide. There are those who cannot afford to use official, expensive channels of repair nor purchase a replacement from those same companies. I would argue that without access to the internet via smartphone or computer, any Canadian looking for work, education or social connection during and after the pandemic would be extremely disadvantaged.
Thank you for your consideration and time in reading this letter. I would be interested in a follow-up particularly on TPMs and the Right to Repair.