Taylor Owen: The Online News Act keeps journalism alive while it adapts to a new world | The Hub
November 8, 2022 | Taylor Owen writes about why C-18 is, on balance, the right policy for the moment.
Professor Owen mentions how governments around the world struggled to develop policies that support the business of journalism as it has gone through a substantial decline over the last decade. The most polarizing idea to date has been the idea of forcing platforms and publishers into forced arbitration. When taken into combination with other government policies in place to support journalism, Professor Owen says C-18 will provide meaningful resources to the journalism sector and ensure that funding from platforms to publishers is equitably distributed and under terms that serve the public interest, while noting that he wishes it wasn't necessary and hopes that is isn't permanent.