Course Calendar

Listed below you will find a quick reference to the reading and other requirements for each class during the term. Please note that materials should generally be accessed through the Web casebook since it contains additional commentary and materials.

Class #1 - January 5 - Introduction to the Course

Class #2 - January 11 - What is the Internet?

Class #3 - January 12 - Competing Visions of Law on the Internet

January 18th - CLASS CANCELLED

Class #4 - January 19 - Jurisdiction on the Internet

Class #5 - January 25 - ISP Liability

Class #6 - January 26 - Online ADR - Guest Lecturer Prof. Ethan Katsch

Class #7 - February 1 - ISP Liability

Class #8 - February 2 - Online Speech Regulation - Comparative Analysis

Class #9 - February 8 - Online Speech Regulation - Obscenity & Hate Speech

Class #10 - February 9 - Online Speech Regulation - Defamation

Class #11 - February 15 - Online Speech Regulation - Spam

Class #12 - February 16 - Online Speech Regulation - Private Regulation of Speech

Class #13 - February 29 - Online Privacy - How Big A Problem?

Class #14 - March 1 - Privacy - The Canadian Approach

Class #15 - March 7 - George Takach, McCarthy Tetrault

Class #16 - March 8 - Privacy - International Approaches

Class #17 - 24 - Student Presentations

 

CLASS #

 

1

 

DATE

 

January 5

 

TOPIC

 

Introduction to the course

 

READINGS

 

None

 

STUFF TO DO

 

None

 

CLASS #

 

2

 

DATE

 

January 11

 

TOPIC

 

What is the Internet?

 

READINGS

 

January 11th readings

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. Make sure you are now online and a member of the course discussion list. Post a submission discussing your favourite Web site(s).

 

CLASS #

 

3

 

DATE

 

January 12

 

TOPIC

 

Competing Visions of Law on the Internet

 

READINGS

 

January 12 readings

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. Much of our discussion this class will focus on whether cyberspace is, in fact, a place. Search the Web for the spot you think is the most like its own place and come to class prepared to discuss.

 

 

CLASS #

 

4

 

DATE

 

January 19

 

TOPIC

 

Regulation and Jurisdiction on the Internet

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapter 3

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. Identify two commercial web sites - one that you feel is passive and one that is active. What are the differences?

 

CLASS #

 

5

 

DATE

 

January 25

 

TOPIC

 

ISP Liability

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapter 4

 

STUFF TO DO

 

CLASS #

 

6

 

DATE

 

January 26 - 11:30 - 1:30 - VNR 131

 

TOPIC

 

Online Dispute Resolution - Guest Lecturer - Professor Ethan Katsch, University of Massachusetts

 

READINGS

 

To be determined

 

STUFF TO DO

 

CLASS #

 

7

 

DATE

 

February 1

 

TOPIC

 

Online Speech Regulation - Comparative Speech Regulation

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapter 5

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. Have a look at the Teale/Holmolka Information Site . Consider the difficulty of regulating speech in view of sites such as this.

 

CLASS #

 

8

 

DATE

 

February 2

 

TOPIC

 

Online Speech Regulation - Obscenity & Hate Speech

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapters 6 & 7

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. Consider the RU486 page . Does this page violate the criminal code? Why or why not? Might I be liable for providing a link to the site?
  2. Take a look at some of the sites linked-to from Hatewatch . Please note that many are extremely offensive. Would they violate the law in Canada? Is Canada powerless against this content on the Net?

 

CLASS #

 

9

 

DATE

 

February 8

 

TOPIC

 

Online Speech Regulation - Defamation

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapter 8

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. Explore Bill Sheehan's site and consider the legal implications of the information he includes and the language he uses.

 

 

CLASS #

 

10

 

DATE

 

February 9

 

TOPIC

 

Online Speech Regulation - Spam

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapter 9

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. How do you typically access your email? Do you use dial-up with time limits? Do you filter your email? Do you receive any spam? Is it a problem for you? A large enough problem to warrant legislation?

 

CLASS #

 

11

 

DATE

 

February 15

 

TOPIC

 

Online Speech Regulation - Private Regulation of Speech

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapter 10

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. Check out the Cybersitter program - review the claims and how it works. Now review the page of Prof. Peter Junger who lists what sites the program blocks . Note that though there are considerable objectionable material, when you run " now.org " National Org of Women" or lesbian, see what pops up.
  2. Check out Whitehouse.gov , Whitehouse.net , Whitehouse.org , & Whitehouse.com . Does this demonstrate the how easy it is to access unintended content?!

 

CLASS #

 

12

 

DATE

 

February 16

 

TOPIC

 

Online Privacy - Is There a Problem?

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapter 11

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. Go to your favorite site from the beginning of the course - does it have a privacy policy? Is it adequate? If not, is that a problem for you?
  2. Take a look at this http://www.ece.jhu.edu/class/213/grades . Is this a problem? This comes from Johns Hopkins - what other info could you find out?
  3. Go to http://www.anonymizer.com/snoop.cgi - what do you think?
  4. Go to http://www.digicrime.com - what do you think?
  5. Go to this site which provides reverse phone lookup - what do you think?

 

CLASS #

 

13

 

DATE

 

February 29

 

TOPIC

 

Privacy - The Canadian Approach

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapter 12

 

STUFF TO DO

 

 

 

CLASS #

 

14

 

DATE

 

March 1

 

TOPIC

 

Privacy - The Canadian Approach, Part II

 

READINGS

 

None

 

STUFF TO DO

 

None

 

CLASS #

 

15

 

DATE

 

March 7

 

TOPIC

 

Privacy - International Approaches

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapter 13

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. Take the CDT privacy quiz
  2. Go to Disney's free toy giveaway and try to register for a free toy. What are your views of these precautions?

 

CLASS #

 

16

 

DATE

 

March 8

 

TOPIC

 

Privacy - Anonymity & Technology

 

READINGS

 

Volume One, Chapter 14

 

STUFF TO DO

 

  1. Set the browser you are using to get your permission before it accepts any cookies.

-- Visit Disney.com and try to check out Blast at the site. Do not permit Disney to deposit even one cookie on your hard disk. Find and read Disney's cookie policy.

-- Now visit Dogpile (a meta-search engine). Perform a simple search without collecting any cookies. Reload the search page, and perform another search, this time accepting all cookies. Does it seem to make any difference? What information do you figure the search engine is including in the cookies it saves on your hard disk? Can you find the answer to that question at the web site?

-- Exit the web and find the cookies on the computer that you have been using. Figure out how to get rid of them. If you're using your own computer, do so. If you are using someone else's computer, try to put everything back the way you found it.

 

 

CLASS #

 

17

 

DATE

 

March 14

 

TOPIC

 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Sandra Rosier &endash; pornography and the internet

Lisa De Long &endash; comparative Child pornography

Rafal Mankoo &endash; Internet obscenity

 

 

CLASS #

 

18

 

DATE

 

March 15

 

TOPIC

 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Marianne Kroes &endash; Comparative Hate Speech

Allyson O'Shea &endash; Comparative Obscenity Regulation

Betty Lobo &endash; Comparative Defamation

 

 

CLASS #

 

19

 

DATE

 

March 21

 

TOPIC

 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Keir Turner &endash; Jurisdiction and enforcement

Michelle McLean &endash; ISP Liability

Deanna Stea &endash; ISP liability and copyright

 

 

CLASS #

 

20

 

DATE

 

March 22

 

TOPIC

 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Andrea Lutzeier &endash; Spam

David Arellano &endash; Defamation and Corporations

M. Colleen Currie &endash; Employee privacy

 

 

CLASS #

 

21

 

DATE

 

March 28

 

TOPIC

 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Natasha Egan &endash; Anonymity

Andrew Fleming &endash; Anonymity

Ron McKenna &endash; Filters

 

 

CLASS #

 

22

 

DATE

 

March 29

 

TOPIC

 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Vincent Cassiers &endash; Databases and Privacy

Bill Abbott &endash; Consumer Profiling

Gabe Van Loon &endash; Comparative Privacy

 

 

CLASS #

 

23

 

DATE

 

April 4

 

TOPIC

 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Monika Surma &endash; privacy

Santiago Moreno - privacy

Ed Forsyth - comparative privacy

 

CLASS #

 

24

 

DATE

 

April 5

 

TOPIC

 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Henrik Akerlund &endash; Government Censorship

MaryLou Ambrosi &endash; Electronic Elections

Grant Poulsen - Filters