Global Technology Law

Global Technology Law and Policy: Spring 2016

Global Technology Law and Policy is an intensive three-week seminar that examines the development of global technology and intellectual property policy. The course is a joint initiative of the University of Ottawa and the University of Haifa with ten students from each university participating. The first week of the course will be held in Ottawa with five classes focused on global technology law institutions including the World Intellectual Property Organization, ICANN, the ITU, and the OECD. Classes will also feature several guest lectures and academic site visits. Students will transfer after the first week to the University of Haifa, where classes will continue during weeks two and three on the global institutions and the development on policies on intellectual property, Internet governance, and privacy.  Students will form project groups to focus on a single specific policy issue and present their findings to the class in the final week of classes.

Student Presentation Groups

DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance: Rafiquddin, Desaulniers, Lazar, Marom

Wu, The Master Switch: Milne, Henrie, Cohen, Kenzi

Deibert, Black Code: Arseniuk, Eyben, Edery, Leyfer

Bamberger and Mulligan, Privacy on the Ground: Kiva, Silver, Toledano, Sadovnick

Drahos, Information Feudalism: Gaffen, Seagal, Azogi, Avram


Course Schedule (Draft Subject to Change – as of May 22, 2016):


May 2, 2016

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

Introduction to course and participants.  Overview of global technology law and policy making.

17:00 – 19:00

Dean’s Reception, 534 Besserer St.


Geist PPT

Zarsky PPT

May 3, 2016

9:30 - 10:30: Tour of Parliament Buildings.  Meet at Centre Block

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

Internet Governance

Guest lecturer (15:00 – 16:00): Colin McKay, Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Canada, Google


Geist PPT

May 4, 2016

9:45 - 11:30: Visit to the Supreme Court of Canada and meeting with Justice Richard Wagner

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

Privacy Introduction: Global Challenges and Canadian Rules

Guest lecturer (15:00 – 16:00): Chantal Bernier, Dentons LLP, Former Acting Privacy Commissioner of Canada


Geist PPT

Bernier PPT

Zarsky PPT

May 5, 2016

8:45 – 9:45: Geist appearance before Standing Committee on International Trade re: TPP (optional)

Room 306, The Valour Building, 151 Sparks St.

12:30 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

Guest Lecturer: Professor Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa

Student presentation on DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance

Student presentation on Wu, The Master Switch


For the Kerr lecture:

Evitable Conflicts, Inevitable Technologies?

In this one hour session, we will explore perceptions around whether a technology (or its regulation) is “inevitable” and its potential repercussions for the development of  global technology policy. Although we saw a similar debate in the early days of the internet, our focus will be on current debates at the UN about whether to invoke a preemptive ban on autonomous weapon systems (so-called “Killer Robots”) — weapons that can select, target and kill without human intervention or oversight.

You are asked to read three short news items and one killer piece of science fiction:

1.  “The Inevitable Militarization of Artificial Intelligence” The Cyber Defense Review online at

2.   Eric Sofige, “A Ban on Killer Robots is Inevitable” Popular Science online at 

3. Ian Kerr, “A Ban on Killer Robots is the Ethical Choice” Ottawa Citizen online at 

4. Isaac Asimov, “The Evitable Conflict”

Here is a longer article that you do not need to read for class but you may like to have in your back pocket:

Ian Kerr, “Evitable Conflicts, Inevitable Technologies? The Science and Fiction of Robotic Warfare and IHL


May 6, 2016

8:30 – 11:45 (FTX 102)

Guest lecturers: Israeli Ambassador to Canada Rafael Barak (8:30, breakfast will be served)

Rob Hall, CEO, Momentous Corp.


May 7 – 8, 2016 - Travel to Israel


May 9, 2016

TBD - Campus Tour for Ottawa students

18:00 – 20:00 (Room 3021)

European Data Regulation and Global Privacy Challenges

Guest Lecturer (19:00): Yoram Hacohen, CEO, ISOC-IL


May 10, 2016

15:00 – 18:00 (Room 3021)

Student presentation on Deibert, Black Code

Surveillance, Security and Snowden


May 11 – 12, 2016 – Free Days – Holidays

May 13, 2016

9:00 – 12:00 (Room 3021)

Student presentation on Bamberger and Mulligan, Privacy on the Ground

Intellectual Property Pressures: TPP, SOPA, ACTA, bi-lateral trade


Geist slides

May 14, 2016 – Free Day – Sabbath

May 15, 2016

7:45: Meet at the hotel for departure to Israel

10:00: Arrive at Israel Museum, Jerusalem

13:15: Visit Israeli Supreme Court, meet with Supreme Court justice

16:30: Departure to Haifa

18:30: Arrive in Haifa



May 16, 2016

11:00 – 13:00 (Room 3021)

Student presentation on Drahos, Information Feudalism

Future of Intellectual property policy making

13:00 – 15:30 – Visit to Elbit Systems

Geist Slides


May 17, 2016

Tel Aviv.  Intellectual property and privacy/security discussions.

10:30 – Meeting at Meitar

Guest lecturer:

Eyal Balicer, Former Head of Research and Analysis at the Israeli National Cyber Bureau (Prime Minister’s Office)