Vivek Krishnamurthy appointed to the Government of Canada’s expert advisory group on online safety

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2022

The Centre for Law, Technology and Society is delighted to announce that Faculty member Vivek Krishnamurthy has been appointed by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Justice to the expert advisory group on online safety to develop legislation to address harmful online content.

With Canadians spending more time on social media to connect and share information, it has become easier for us to be exposed to harmful content online. While online platforms play a central role in the lives of Canadians, bringing many benefits to society, they can also be used as tools to cause real and significant harm to individuals, communities and our country.  

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, David Lametti, announced a new expert advisory group on online safety as the next step in developing legislation to address harmful online content. The expert advisory group will be mandated to provide advice on a legislative and regulatory framework that best addresses harmful content online. The group is composed of diverse experts and specialists from across Canada who will contribute their knowledge and experience from a variety of fields. 


The new expert group will include Prof. Vivek Krishnamurthy, a Faculty Member at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, and the Samuelson-Glushko Professor of Law within the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, at the University of Ottawa, where he is the Director of the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC). 

Prof. Krishnamurthy's teaching, scholarship, and clinical legal practice focus on the complex regulatory and human rights-related challenges that arise in cyberspace. He advises governments, activists, and companies on the human rights impacts of new technologies and is a frequent public commentator on emerging technology and public policy issues. 


Beyond congratulating Prof. Krishnamurthy, the Centre also wish to extend their congratulations to Prof. Emily Laidlaw, Prof. Heidi Tworek and Prof. Taylor Owen, close research collaborators of our community, who have also been named on the expert advisory group. 

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