Global Technology Law and Policy

Global Technology Law and Policy: Spring 2019

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 part of the course will be held in Ottawa with five classes focused on Internet governance and privacy. Classes will also feature several guest lectures and academic site visits. Students will then transfer to the University of Haifa, where classes will continue on the development on policies on intellectual property, Internet governance, cyber-security and privacy.

Student Presentation Groups – Book Reports

Yochai Benkler and others, Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics (2018): Goudge, Mascisch-Cohen, Assis

Bruce Schneier, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World (2018): Korajlija, Oded, Hofman

Woodrow Hartzog, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies (2018): Coutu, Park, Focshaner

Joseph Turow, The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power (2017): Silverberg, Dagenais, Bar, Loewenstein

Cyber-Research Groups

Internet of Things: Laboy, Zamir, Abadessa

Blockchain: Tabatchenko, Biton, Pelletier

International treaties: Lee, Halperin, Valeriani

Cyber-security and dating websites: Uliel, Spatola, Abramowicz Marafon


Course Schedule (Draft Subject to Change – as of May 24, 2019):


April 29, 2019

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

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

Introduction to Internet governance



Slides (Zarsky)

April 30, 2019

11:00 – 12:30 (FTX 102)

Internet Governance

Group exercise on application of Internet governance principles


13:30 – 15:00: David Graham, Member of Parliament, Laurentides – Labelle

197 Sparks Street, Room 310

15:30 – 17:00: Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms

197 Sparks Street, Room 415


BBC, The Nations of the Amazon Want the Name Back

ICANN Resolution on Dot-Amazon

18:30:  Reception at Michael Geist’s house


May 1, 2019

9:45 – 12:00: Visit to the Supreme Court of Canada, Meet with Justice Russell Brown

13:30 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

Privacy Introduction: theory, Canadian experience

Data security


EU AI Ethics Guidelines P.6 – 8, 10-18, 20-22, 33-35


May 2, 2019

12:30 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

12:30 – 13:45 – Lunch talk with Dylan Hanley on Canada – Israel relationship

14:00 – 15:00 – Privacy: data transfers

15:00 – 16:00: Chantal Bernier, Dentons & former Interim Privacy Commissioner of Canada


Schwartz, Paul M., Global Data Privacy: The EU Way (February 20, 2019). New York University Law Review, Vol. 94, 2019. P. 7-10, 13-15, 20-25, 28-30.

Hanley Recommended Book: Dowdy: Israel/Palestine


May 3, 2019

9:00 – 11:45 (FTX 102)

Orientation on Israel

Book Presentation, Benkler

10:30 – 11:30: Professor Marina Pavlovic


Responding to the New Environment: A Call for Comments

 May 4 – 6, 2019 – Travel to Israel


May 7, 2019

15:00 – 18:00: Class at University of Haifa (Cyber-Center)

Book Presentation: Hartzog

Book Presentation: Schneier

Group exercise: Privacy across borders

May 8, 2019 – Yom Hazikaron

May 9, 2019 – Yom Haatzmaut


May 10, 2019

9:30 – 12:30: Class at University of Haifa (Cyber-Center)

Guest: Amit Ashkenazi, Legal Advisor of the Israeli Cyber Directorate

Cyber-research presentations: International treaties, Cyber-security and dating websites

Data Transfers: Canadian and Israeli perspectives


May 11, 2019 – Shabbat

May 12, 2019 – Jerusalem

10:00: Tour of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

13:30 – 15:30: Visit Israeli Supreme Court, meet with Supreme Court justice Ofer Grosskopf


May 13, 2019 

14:00 – 17:00: Class at University of Haifa (Cyber-Center)

Geist: Intellectual Property Pressures: TPP, bi-lateral trade

Laurent Manderieux lecture, European Copyright and Digital Single Market Directive


European Commission, Copyright reform: the Commission welcomes European Parliament’s vote in favour of modernised rules fit for digital age

Europe’s controversial overhaul of online copyright receives final approval

Julia Reda, Tomorrow’s copyright vote explained

Recommended additional reading:

Aleksandra Kuczerawy (KU Leuven, Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)), EU Proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market: Compatibility of Article 13 with the EU Intermediary Liability Regime,in Bilyana Petkova, Tuomas Ojanen (eds.), Fundamental Rights Protection Online: The Future Regulation of Intermediaries (Forthcoming: 2019)

Himanshu Arora (Georg August Universität), Article 13 of EU Copyright Directive – A Step Forward or Rearward?


May 14, 2019 – Tel Aviv

10:00 – 12:00: Meeting at Heseg House, 46 Rothschild Blvd., Tel Aviv

13:30-15:00: Adler Chomski Group/Grey Israel
Menachem Begin 50, Tel Aviv

16:00 – 17:30: Pearl Cohen Law Firm

Azrieli Sarona Tower, Menachem Begin 121, Tel Aviv


May 15, 2019

14:00 – 17:00 – Class at University of Haifa (Room 3021)

Book Presentation: Turow

Cyber-research presentations: IoT, Blockchain

Future of digital policy making

18:00 – 20:00: (Room 3021)

Cyber-Forum lecture, reception to follow