On November 30, 2015 experts in trade and technology – Burcu Kilic, Carolina Rossini, Jeremy de Beer, Michael Geist and Tamir Israel – met at University of Ottawa to discuss the impact of technology provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 6000 page agreement between 12 countries negotiated with the goal of developing a 21st century trade regime.
It was a packed room with people either interested to hear what Canada’s role in banning killer robots could be, or curious about what the heck killer robots are. 2L Student Chelsey Colbert-Pollard reports on the panel discussion held by the CLTS on November 5.
One of the joys of copyright law is its tendency to produce unexpected and controversial decisions. Blacklock’s Reporter v. Canadian Vintners Association, an October 16, 2015, judgement from Ontario Small Claims Court, qualifies on both counts. The decision might originate with Small Claims but is nonetheless making big waves. What’s the fuss about?
On November 5, 2015, The Centre for Law, Technology and Society held a panel that provided an overview of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, its principle concerns, and recent developments at the UN, including Canada’s role and possible implications of the recent federal election in Canada.
The official release of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a global trade agreement between 12 countries including Canada, the United States, and Japan, has generated considerable confusion over where the Trudeau government stands on the deal. The TPP was concluded several weeks before the October election and the Liberals were careful to express general support for free trade, but refrain from embracing an agreement that was still secret.
On Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., Professor Teresa Scassa will be the featured guest on CBC Radio’s Spark with Nora Young, discussing Smart Cities. Tune in to learn more about the implications for intellectual property, privacy, and transparency of Smart Cities in what promises to be a fascinating program.
Psychosurgery has a bad name for a good reason. It is often associated with the mid-20th century prefrontal leucotomy (or lobotomy). This procedure garnered its inventor, Egon Moniz, the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1949, and it went on to be applied to thousands of people around the world. In its heyday, the best known promotor of the procedure, Dr. Walter Freeman, travelled widely in his “lobotomobile” performing transorbital lobotomies across the US.
The negotiating phase of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is over. Trade ministers from a dozen countries, representing nearly 40 percent of the global economy, announced the deal in Atlanta in early October. Negotiations took over 5 years, required concessions from everyone and fuelled public controversy. During negotiations, only select industry insiders were privy to secretive information about negotiations, while the rest of us relied on leaks. With the text finally released, the public has only just begun to grapple with the agreement’s complexities. And now comes the hard part: implementation.