Law Bytes Michael Geist

In recent years the intersection between law, technology, and policy has exploded as digital policy has become a mainstream concern in Canada and around the world. This podcast explores digital policies in conversations with people studying the legal and policy challenges, set the rules, or are experts in the field. It provides a Canadian perspective, but since the internet is global, examining international developments and Canada’s role in shaping global digital policy is be an important part of the story. Lawbytes is hosted by Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and where he is a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society.
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Latest Episodes…

  1. Episode 29: Partisan Posts, Social Media, and Misinformation - Taylor Owen on What Actually Happened Online in the 2019 Election

    Coming into the 2019 federal election, there were widespread concerns regarding disinformation campaigns, foreign interference, social media advertising and manipulation, and fake news. The federal government enacted legislation designed to foster greater transparency on political advertising, but on the heels of elections elsewhere, the prospect of online harms to the ...

    2019-10-28

  2. Episode 28: The Past, Present and Future of Open Access - A Conversation with Leslie Chan

    This week is open access week, an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the emergence and continued growth of open access. Countries have been taking increasingly strong steps toward making their research openly available, with mandates that require researchers who accept public grants to make their published research results ...

    2019-10-21

  3. Episode 27: Digital Policy and Election 2019: Laura Tribe of OpenMedia on Where the Parties Stand

    Digital issues were expected to garner attention in the 2019 Canadian federal election campaign. Over the course of the past few weeks, all the main political parties have had something to say about the high cost of cellphone prices in Canada and the prospect of implementing new taxes on tech ...

    2019-10-15

  4. Episode 26: There Is No Crisis - Dwayne Winseck on the State of Canadian Communications, Media and Cultural Policy

    The future of Canadian communications law has emerged as political hot potato in recent weeks with political parties engaged in finger pointing over who is acting – or failing to act – on issues closely aligned to cultural policy. Just prior to the election call, Dwayne Winseck, a professor at ...

    2019-10-07

  5. Ep. 25: The CRTC Decision on Competitive Internet Pricing: A Conversation with George Burger

    Last month the CRTC issued its final decision in a lengthy battle over the rates that independent internet providers pay for wholesale access to the broadband networks run by big incumbents such as Rogers and Bell. The Commission slashed prices rates and made its decision retroactive, an approach that ...

    2019-09-23