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Sat, 26 Aug 2017

Free Speech

There is some good commentary on free speech and protest rights lately in the gopher-verse [0][1][2][3][4][5]. I thought I'd add some comments on the matter.

While I broadly support the right of a private company to refuse to host hate speech, I would be careful. In some cases, these companies are so large, there are few alternatives. At what point does such a company become an essential public service? Cloudflare handles 10% of global internet traffic, and they recently terminated the Daily Stormer's account. The Cloudflare CEO was conflicted about the decision and raised some good points in a blog post [6].

read more after the break...

posted at: 08:36 | path: / | permalink | 1st-ammendment, free-speech, usa

Sat, 25 Feb 2017

Canada, USA and Healthcare

I moved last April to Quebec as a returning Candian, in the process sponsoring my wife and kids for permanent residency. It took 16 months in total, but after much paperwork and stress, it is done. On January 23rd, 2017, my family became landed Canadian immigrants. Now begins the process of settling in - my wife has to trade in her US driver's license, we had to sign everyone up for provincial healthcare.

read more after the break...

posted at: 19:40 | path: / | permalink | canada, expat, healthcare, quebec, usa