Internet Law: What You Can and Cannot Do

The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is hosting a presentation on April 3rd in Vancouver titled The Law and the Internet: What you can and cannot do.

According to the event description, this seminar should apply to pretty much everyone. Attendees should come armed with questions as they’ll have access to Dr. Michael Geist – one of the world’s leading experts on the Internet and Law.

Anyone who blogs, comments, sends e-mail or otherwise publishes electronically is subject to the laws of defamation and libel, according to University of Ottawa Law School professor and internationally renowned expert on law and the Internet, Dr. Michael Geist. The Internet and new technologies have ushered in a seemingly unlimited array of possibilities for access to knowledge, creativity, and public participation. Dr. Geist will highlight the role that the Internet is playing for new creativity and knowledge sharing, while identifying the business and policy challenges that this creates for journalists and journalism.

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.

Dr. Geist has written numerous academic articles and government reports on the Internet and law and was a member of Canada’s National Task Force on Spam. He is an internationally syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and the BBC.

The presentation gets underway at 6:00pm at St. John’s College at the University of British Columbia. There is no cost to attend the event, but attendees must register online.