Michael A. Geist

Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law

Tier 1 - 2015-04-01
Renewed: 2020-07-01
University of Ottawa
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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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.

Research summary

The liability of internet intermediaries for the conduct of their users has long been one of the internet’s most challenging policy issues. While governments once granted internet platforms legal immunity from liability, the risks associated with disinformation, cyberbullying, online defamation, privacy breaches, copyright infringement, democratic manipulation and other harms has fueled a rethinking of long-held policies. Dr. Michael Geist’s research program will develop solutions that address risks of harm, while also safeguarding freedom of expression, filling the current policy and data void with an ambitious program that includes theoretical and legal analysis, original field research, and the development of Canadian-specific policy reforms.