The online sphere is still a relatively new medium for expression. New rules and regulations continue to be formulated, and the impact of expression online is still being assessed. There is added complexity because the Internet blurs national boundaries. While some countries have erected massive firewalls, most democracies are grappling with the impact of this global and free-flowing medium.
In Canada, legislation has been proposed that would threaten the right to privacy online through warrantless access to IP addresses and other information about Internet subscribers. Laws such as the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act could have profound ramifications on daily Internet use here in Canada, as a significant amount of online activities in Canada involve companies and organizations based in the U.S.