Course Outline

Professor Michael A. Geist

Room 362

Telephone - 562-5800, x3319

Email - mgeist@uottawa.ca

 

OFFICE HOURS

METHODS OF EVALUATION

  1. Major Paper or Web Site Project
  2. Class and Online Participation
  3. Class Presentation

COURSE MATERIALS

 

OFFICE HOURS

Tuesdays - 12 - 1:30

Wednesdays - 1 - 2:30

Or any time by email

 

METHODS OF EVALUATION

1. MAJOR PAPER OR WEB SITE PROJECT - 70%

Paper may focus on any aspect of Internet speech and privacy law. Students should submit a short proposal indicating their desired topic prior to commencing significant work on the project no later than January 28th. The paper or Web site project must be submitted no later than April 10th (the first day of the exam period). Late papers will be penalized at a rate of 2% per day.

Potential topics include:

  • CRTC Internet regulation
  • Spam
  • The right of anonymity online
  • Privacy expectations and email
  • The regulation of hate speech, Zundel hearings, etc.
  • The regulation of political speech, election polls, anonymous political speech, etc.
  • The use of AUPs
  • Enforcement and jurisdictional problems with the Internet
  • Bill C-6
  • Self-regulation of privacy rights
  • Cookies
  • Online defamation
  • Comparative speech regulation
  • Obscenity regulation
  • Comparative privacy approaches
  • Filtering
  • Labelling
  • Domain name administration and dispute resolution
  • ISP liability for copyright or criminal violations

The web site project option allows students to create a web site devoted to their research topic. Although much of the writing will be the same, it will enable students to insert hyperlinks, images, and take advantage of other features of the Web. For a good example of such a project, check out this student web project on Internet libel.

 

2. CLASS AND ONLINE PARTICIPATION - 20%

Attendance and participation at all classes is mandatory. Students will be expected to have read the required materials and to have completed the "stuff to do" for each week.

The class will also feature an online discussion forum. Students are expected to participate in the online forum in the same manner as in class. To join the list, send an email to netspeech-subscribe@egroups.com or click on the Discussion Forum page.

Please note that students that regularly miss class or do not contribute to the in-class and online discussions, will face a lower participation grade that may adversely impact their overall grade.

 

3. CLASS PRESENTATION - 10%

Students will be asked to conduct a presentation on their area of research. This may take the form of a short in-class presentation (the final four weeks of the course are blocked off for this purpose) or by conducting a week-long online moderated discussion supported by regular postings designed to increase online discussion. Students interested in the online moderation option should discuss their plans with me as soon as possible.

 

COURSE MATERIALS

Course materials will be found in Volume One of Internet Law in Canada. The casebook will be available the first week of January. Additional materials may be posted on the course Web site from time to time.