Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau, director of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof. Marina Pavlović and Dr. Valerie Steeves as interim co-directors of the Centre, effective July 1st, 2022.
The new co-directors are two long standing Faculty members of the Centre who have been involved in the design and leadership of several of the Centre’s flagship educational and research programs.
Prof. Marina Pavlović is an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on consumer rights in the contemporary cross-border digital society and technology policy and regulation. She notably led a paradigm shift of Canadian’s consumer protection and contract law through her scholarship and as the lead counsel for our clinic, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, as an intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada, in Uber v Heller and Wellman v Telus, and was a co-counsel in Douez v Facebook and Haaretz.com v Goldhar. Professor Pavlović was appointed to the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel by the Ministers of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Canadian Heritage in 2018, and to an Expert Panel on High-Throughput Networks for Rural and Remote Communities by the Council of Canadian Academies in August 2020.
Dr. Valerie Steeves is a Full Professor in the Department of Criminology of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Her main area of research focuses on the impact of new technologies on human rights, and a reknowned expert on privacy and surveillance studies. She is the principal investigator of The eQuality Project, a SSHRC-funded partnership of researchers, educators, advocates, civil society groups, and policymakers who are interested in examining the impact of online commercial profiling on children’s identities and social relationships. As the lead researcher for MediaSmart’s Young Canadians in a Wired World research project, she has been tracking young people’s use of new media from 2004 to 2020.
Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau, whose mandate was renewed on September 1, 2021, will be on academic leave from July 1st, 2022 and is anticipated to return as Director of the Centre on July 1st, 2023