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Exploring Freedom of Expression in Canada with Law Professor Michael Geist
Michael Geist Discusses Online News Act & Online Streaming Act
I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, on the Bigger Than Me Podcast. We had an insightful conversation about his experiences in law school, his journey into teaching, Bill C-11 the Online Streaming Act, Bill C-18 the Online News Act and his podcast Law Bytes.
As someone who is deeply passionate about internet, e-commerce, and tech law, Michael shared his perspectives on the potential impacts of two proposed Canadian legislation bills, Bill C-11 the Online Streaming Act and Bill C-18 The Online News Act. Given his extensive background in the field, Michael offered valuable expertise on the complex legal issues surrounding the digital landscape, including the importance of balancing innovation, freedom of expression and privacy concerns.
During our discussion, Michael highlighted the significance of ensuring that these proposed bills do not infringe on the rights of Canadians, especially in terms of freedom of expression and access to information. He emphasized the need to strike a balance between protecting individual rights and promoting healthy spaces for communication.
As a recognized leader in his field, Michael has received numerous awards for his work, including the Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression Vox Libera Award in 2018 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award in 2008. His contributions to the development of internet law in Canada cannot be understated.
Overall, it was a fascinating conversation, and I am grateful to Michael for sharing his expertise on these critical issues. He maintained a balanced approach while holding the Canadian government accountable. It is clear that his passion for internet, e-commerce, and tech law is unmatched, and his contributions to the field are truly outstanding. Our conversation is available on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
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