The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology has released its final report on e-commerce in Canada (I appeared before the committee last October). The report has sixteen recommendations, but none are particularly innovative or surprising. They include emphasizing e-commerce in the forthcoming digital economy strategy, increasing affordability of Internet […]
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Appearance before the Standing Committee on Industry
October 17, 2011
Good afternoon. My name is Michael Geist. I am a law professor at the University of Ottawa where I hold the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.
I appear before this committee today in a personal capacity representing only my own views.
I want to congratulate the committee for launching this study of e-commerce in Canada. It is a critically important issue deserving of greater attention. While the committee has identified some excellent questions, I’d boil the issue down to a single one:
Why have Canadian consumers embraced e-commerce, but Canada has failed to produce many significant global e-commerce success stories?
The B.C. government has passed legislation that deregulates the sales of eyeglasses and contacts. The move comes in response to court battle between the College of Opticians of BC and Coastal Contacts, an online eyeglass seller.
The NY Times reports that Microsoft has filed its first click fraud lawsuit, targeting three Vancouver residents. The company is seeking $750,000 in damages in an attempt to make the fraud more expensive for perpetrators.