Serve Chilled

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Canadian newspaper publishers have banded together to ask Ottawa for a $350-million fund to prop up legacy media, and a majority on the Commons heritage committee has agreed that this is a great idea. One argument in favour is that Canadian culture is already awash in subsidies. Another is that "news aggregators" like Google are sucking down all the ad revenue. Meanwhile over at Google, "50 expert NGOs" have been enlisted not only to fight terrorism online but to take "a tougher stance on videos that do not clearly violate our policies." If you like the sound of bureaucrats and NGOs filtering your information flow, this all comes as excellent news.