Michael A. Geist

Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
University of Ottawa
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

613-562-5800, ext. 3319

Research involves

Exploring outstanding legal, policy and governance questions about the Internet and e-commerce jurisdiction, with an emphasis on copyright, privacy, communications and the digital economy.

Research relevance

This research will lead to a more informed and effective Canadian digital economy policy, in which there is increased public participation in policy and governance.

Challenges of Canada’s Digital Economy Strategy

The emergence of the Internet as a mainstream tool for communication and commerce in the 1990s resulted in a national effort to facilitate broadband access, enhance e-commerce adoption, and foster the affordable availability of communication technologies. At the turn of the century, Canada was widely viewed as a global digital economy leader, but there have been few policy initiatives since to build on prior success stories.

Although there has been recent renewed interest in a Canadian digital economy, it has largely failed to address crucial governance issues. The digital economy governance challenge should not be underestimated, as the ability to deliver on new policies, determine benchmarks and policy success, and address international developments depends on developing a governance model that can respond to emerging technological and jurisdictional challenges.

Dr. Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, is exploring myriad legal, policy and governance questions surrounding the Internet and e-commerce, with an emphasis on copyright, privacy, communications and the digital economy. He is also analyzing whether Canada’s current digital economy legal frameworks can adequately foster public confidence by addressing next-generation Internet and technology issues.

Geist’s research will lead to the development of recommendations for Canada’s digital economy strategy and its governance based on the emerging technological and legal landscape. It will also result in increased public participation regarding digital economy policy.