On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada issued alandmark decision in Douez v. Facebook, ruling that non-negotiated take-it-or-leave it contracts should not always be enforced by the courts, particularly where important rights, as privacy rights, might be lost by doing so. The decision – a victory for all Canadians – was made possible through contributions from the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa including Marina Pavlović, Jeremy de Beer and Michael Geist, CIPPIC’s David Fewer and Tamir Israel, and several students who contributed to each step of the process.
Amy Salyzyn, Suzanne Bouclin, Jena McGill and Teresa Scassa have been awarded a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for a research project seeking to protect the privacy interests of users and developers of mobile and web-based legal apps.
Dr. Wolfgang Alschner, Dr. Suzanne Bouclin, Prof. Thomas Burelli, Dr. Mary Cavanagh, Prof. Jena McGill and Prof. Amy Salyzyn have been appointed Faculty Member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa.
Professor Florian Martin-Bariteau, Director of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, has earned a Knowledge Synthesis Grant (KSG) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a project entitled “L'état de la protection des lanceurs d'alerte au Canada et dans le monde global et numérique” (The State of Whistleblowers Protection in Canada and the Global, Digital World).
On June 1st, Prof. Michael Geist appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology that is currently conducting hearings on intellectual property and technology transfers.
The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, has been awarded a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for a research project examining the state of the Canadian data broker industry and its evolution over the past 10 years.
Amìr Korhani (lead researcher) and Laura Garcia (contributor), Ph.D. candidates, are finalists of the International Policy Ideas Challenge 2017 organized by Global Affairs Canada for their project “Optimizing Canada’s International Assistance Efforts with Blockchain Technology: An Assessment of Regulatory Challenges at Home and Abroad”.
On April 13, Prof. Jeremy de Beer appeared before the Senate of Canada Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (AEFA). The Committee is currently conducting hearings related to the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.
Professors Mistrale Goudreau (with Professor Margaret Ann Wilkinson) and Florian Martin-Bariteau have received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grants Program for the organisation of the workshop of industrial property policy and a Canada 150 symposium on digital citizenship.