15th Annual Conference

News Release - May 25, 2017
New Developments in Communications Law and Policy

The Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC Canada) will host its first Communications Law and Policy conference at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on November 14 and 15, 2017.

The conference will bring together leading communications sector players to discuss developments in Canadian and international communications law and policy. A preliminary list of topics is set out below:

  • Private International Law in the Internet Era – Including a consideration of the reach of Canadian and foreign courts over the provision of multi-jurisdictional Internet services;
  • Surveillance and Cyberattacks – Including the Government of Canada's cyber security consultations, reconsideration of Bill C-51, and the evolution of cyber security issues in the era of ransomware and the Internet of Things;
  • Copyright Law Review – This year marks the fifth year following the amendments of the Copyright Act, triggering a mandatory five-year review. The key outstanding issues will be assessed and debated;
  • Privacy Law Developments – Including the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's consultation on the meaning of "consent" in digital services, legislative changes and diverging policies in the U.S. and Europe;
  • Piracy of Digital Products and Services – Including developments involving virtual private networks, set-top boxes and other means of circumventing previously agreed geographic and temporal rights;
  • Fake News and the Regulation of Internet Content – A discussion of how lawyers, the courts, Internet service providers, web site managers and others should deal with defamation, hate speech and intentionally circulated false news;
  • Impact of New Technologies on Lawyers and Others – Including the rapid evolution of Artificial Intelligence software and mobile technologies; and
  • The CRTC's Enforcement Regime – An assessment of the CRTC's expanding enforcement regimes, authorized by the Telecommunications Act and the Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), with a comparison to other enforcement models.

The conference continues the 30-year tradition of staging a national conference on New Developments in Communications Law and Policy. The conference was previously run under the auspices of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Media and Communications Section of the Canadian Bar Association. IIC Canada is proud to host this important event for the first time this year.

The conference will be of interest to lawyers, regulators and policy makers, as well as business executives, consultants and academics who need to stay up-to-date on developments affecting the Canadian communications industries. As in previous years, participants at the conference will receive:

  • Research papers on key legal and policy issues;
  • Regulatory Handbooks on Canadian telecommunications and broadcasting law prepared biennially by McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
  • Subject to finalization of the program, we anticipate that the Law Society of Upper Canada will grant participating Ontario lawyers all required 2017 continuing professional development (CPD) credits, including professionalism credits.

We hope you will join us in Ottawa this November – and pass on the word!

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