Dr. Michael Geist

Dr. Michael Geist

Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa

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.  Dr. Geist is a syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Globe and Mail.  He has received numerous awards for his work including the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008, CANARIE’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada and he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2003.  In 2010, Managing Intellectual Property named him on the 50 most influential people on intellectual property in the world and Canadian Lawyer named him one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including the Canadian Legal Information Institute Board of Directors, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Board of Directors, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Advisory Board. He served on the CANARIE Board of Directors from 2010 – 2016.


The Dynamic Environment for Digital Privacy in Canada | Tuesday, November 14 at 3:45 PM

{Please note that all Summit sessions with be presented in English)

The law has long struggled to keep pace with the rapid change that comes with the Internet and new technologies. From the privacy implications of big data cross-border transfers to the jurisdictional challenges posed by a global network, law and policy frequently struggle to move at “Internet speed.” Yet despite the difficulties, politicians and policy makers increasingly find themselves at the heart of emerging policy issues, as they are asked to address the balance between privacy and surveillance, the benefits and risks of innovation and market disruption, and the place for Canadian priorities in digital policy. Michael will explore the emerging law and policy challenges, highlighting how all Internet users have the opportunity to help shape the digital privacy policy landscape.