Professor Ian Kerr, along with Jacquelyn A. Burkell (Western University) and Sherry Turkle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), has been awarded $187,990 for their initiative: In machines we trust – developing frameworks for the governance of machines with artificial intelligence.
The Centre for Law, Technology and Society is proud to announce that Professor Karen Eltis, one of its faculty members, has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor at the Civil Law Section, Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.
Professors Mistrale Goudreau and Margaret Ann Wilkinson (University of Western Ontario) are receiving $109,374 from SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) to support four years of research into “The Prism of Corporate Culture and the Protection of Inventions and Data.”
Professors Jane Bailey and Chidi Oguamanam, faculty members of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, have all been selected as new members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
CIPPIC, the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic, and Citizen Lab are releasing a report, "Gone Opaque? An Analysis of Hypothetical IMSI Catcher Overuse in Canada", which examines the use of devices that are commonly referred to as ‘cell site simulators’, ‘IMSI Catchers’, ‘Digital Analyzers’, or ‘Mobile Device Identifiers’, and under brand names such as ‘Stingray’, DRTBOX, and ‘Hailstorm’. IMSI Catchers are a class of of surveillance devices used by Canadian state agencies. They enable state agencies to intercept communications from movie devices and are principally used to identify otherwise anonymous individuals associated with a mobile device and track them.
Traditional knowledge (TK) often helps researchers to locate, understand, and usefully apply genetic resources extracted from plants and animals. In some cases, TK provides the basis for cartographic insights and data on a wide range of otherwise inaccessible information. However, one of the sources of disquiet about TK is the perception that it is sometimes taken without permission, or when permission is given, TK may be used in a manner inconsistent with the expectations or wishes of the community. Even when researchers are working with Indigenous communities in good faith, there remains the risk of a misunderstanding or unintended misuse of the knowledge that can damage trust, build suspicion, and even cause economic, environmental, or other harm to the community.
The global South is full of significant, diverse biological and genetic resources. It’s also home to most of the world’s indigenous communities. This is why developing countries are sensitive about protecting their genetic resources and traditional knowledge.
University of Ottawa wins the Oxford International IP Moot again
For the 2nd time in 5 years, students from the University of Ottawa have won the prestigious top prize at the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot. Fred Wu was the competition’s 1st best speaker, Tracey Doyle placed 2nd and Laura MacDonald 6th, giving the team 3 of the top 6 speaker prizes. uOttawa also took honours as the top-ranked team after all preliminary rounds.