2020 “Smartphone with open Covid contact tracking app” by Marco Verch Professional Photographer. (CC BY 2.0). 

CIFAR: Governance, Tech and the Pandemic – Carly Kind, Michael Geist & Rebecca Finlay – CIFAR Virtual Talk

At CIFAR’s Virtual Talk, I talked with Carly Kind and Rebecca Finlay to talk about contact tracing apps and broader questions about governance and AI.  

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August 4, 2020 Comments are Disabled Video
2010 “’Copyrighted materials sold here’” by Matt Blaze. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Australian Digital Alliance: Copyright 20/20 – Dr Michael Geist 

At this talk, I reviewed the copyright law reforms in Canada where exceptions to copyright infringement were recognized, and what impact this had on the use of copyright materials in Canada today. Looking at the outcome, I outline some of the lessons that can be learned.   

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April 2, 2019 Comments are Disabled Video
2014 “Net Neutrality Threatened” by Mike Licht. (CC BY 2.0).

CTV News: Canada and US moving apart on net neutrality

On December 14, 2017, I briefly discussed the impact that the Unites States repealing their net neutrality rules which govern Internet Service Providers could have on Canadian businesses.  

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December 14, 2017 Comments are Disabled Video
Foreign Minister Freeland, U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and Mexican Ministry of Economy Guajardo Participate in the Fourth Round of NAFTA Negotiations by U.S. Department of State, United States government work

NAFTA and the Digital Environment: My CIGI Global Forum Lecture

Last week I delivered the CIGI Global Forum lecture in Ottawa on NAFTA and the Digital Environment. The lecture draws on some of my work for CIGI (NAFTA, Innovation) and makes the case that NAFTA negotiations are a problematic place for digital copyright reform, noting the lack of transparency, lost flexibility, and inability to strike a critical policy balance. Given that the issues are seemingly unavoidable in NAFTA, the lecture then highlights the preferred approach (relying on international treaty standards) and identifies many of the most important issues up for discussion including copyright term, fair dealing, intermediary liability and digital issues such as net neutrality and data localization. A video of the talk is embedded below.

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November 29, 2017 1 comment Keynote Speaking, News, Video
Protect Net Neutrality rally, San Francisco by Credo Action (CC BY 2.0)

Why Abandoning Net Neutrality in the U.S. Matters in Canada

Earlier this week I appeared on CBC’s On the Money to discuss the U.S. decision to abandon net neutrality and its implications for Canada. I’ve written about these issues in columns and posts, but this interview provided the opportunity to highlight the implications for Canadian business and consumers, the prospect of including net neutrality in future Telecommunications Act reforms, the connection to NAFTA, and the ongoing concerns with telecom competitiveness in Canada. The interview is embedded below.

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November 25, 2017 7 comments News, News Interviews, Tv / Radio, Video