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Michael Geist

Michael Geist holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

Misplaced priorities: why has the government lost interest in privacy?

Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 5, 2021
The Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development once identified privacy, innovation, and net neutrality as top priorities, yet in the months since his appointment, Minister François-Philippe Champagne has turned away from those issues, writes Michael Geist. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 5, 2021
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 5, 2021
The Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development once identified privacy, innovation, and net neutrality as top priorities, yet in the months since his appointment, Minister François-Philippe Champagne has turned away from those issues, writes Michael Geist. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | November 19, 2020
With the introduction of the government’s plan to regulate internet streaming services, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has touted new rules that will require companies such as Netflix and Spotify to make mandatory payments in support of Canadian content. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | November 19, 2020
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | November 19, 2020
With the introduction of the government’s plan to regulate internet streaming services, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has touted new rules that will require companies such as Netflix and Spotify to make mandatory payments in support of Canadian content. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 4, 2020
In releasing the panel's report, chair Janet Yale says the recommended measures are needed so Canada can 'continue to assert its cultural sovereignty and Canadians can continue to express their identity and culture through content.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 4, 2020
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 4, 2020
In releasing the panel's report, chair Janet Yale says the recommended measures are needed so Canada can 'continue to assert its cultural sovereignty and Canadians can continue to express their identity and culture through content.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 11, 2019
CBC President Catherine Tait recently sparked a firestorm with comments to an industry conference that likened Netflix, the popular online video service, to the British Raj in India and French in Africa, warning about 'imperialism and the damage that it can do to local communities,' writes Michael Geist. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 11, 2019
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 11, 2019
CBC President Catherine Tait recently sparked a firestorm with comments to an industry conference that likened Netflix, the popular online video service, to the British Raj in India and French in Africa, warning about 'imperialism and the damage that it can do to local communities,' writes Michael Geist. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | June 4, 2018
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, pictured, and Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced the substantive policy questions would be left to the copyright review, but that the government would move quickly to address the administration of copyright by introducing long-overdue reforms to the Copyright Board of Canada. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | June 4, 2018
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | June 4, 2018
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, pictured, and Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced the substantive policy questions would be left to the copyright review, but that the government would move quickly to address the administration of copyright by introducing long-overdue reforms to the Copyright Board of Canada. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | October 25, 2017
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains's department asked for public submissions on Canada's new intellectual property strategy in the summer, but only received 18. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | October 25, 2017
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | October 25, 2017
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains's department asked for public submissions on Canada's new intellectual property strategy in the summer, but only received 18. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | December 5, 2016
Music Canada President Graham Henderson told the Economic Club of Canada last month about 'the gross mismatch between the volume of music being enjoyed by consumers and the revenues being returned to the music community.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | December 5, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | December 5, 2016
Music Canada President Graham Henderson told the Economic Club of Canada last month about 'the gross mismatch between the volume of music being enjoyed by consumers and the revenues being returned to the music community.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | August 22, 2016
Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien should resist calls from the business community for rules that take the onus off of companies to protect the privacy of individuals, writes MIchael Geist. Photograph by Dave Chan/Office of the Privacy Commissioner
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | August 22, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | August 22, 2016
Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien should resist calls from the business community for rules that take the onus off of companies to protect the privacy of individuals, writes MIchael Geist. Photograph by Dave Chan/Office of the Privacy Commissioner
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | August 15, 2016
As Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains considers potential policy reforms, a world-leading anti-IP abuse law would send a much-needed message that Canadian law will not support misuse of intellectual property rights. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | August 15, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | August 15, 2016
As Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains considers potential policy reforms, a world-leading anti-IP abuse law would send a much-needed message that Canadian law will not support misuse of intellectual property rights. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | August 8, 2016
The message for the two ministers responsible for copyright—Canadian Heritage minister Mélanie Joly and Innovation, Science and Economic Development minister Navdeep Bains—is that with so much choice and competition, success is unlikely to come from yet another package of anti-piracy legal reforms, writes Michael Geist. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | August 8, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | August 8, 2016
The message for the two ministers responsible for copyright—Canadian Heritage minister Mélanie Joly and Innovation, Science and Economic Development minister Navdeep Bains—is that with so much choice and competition, success is unlikely to come from yet another package of anti-piracy legal reforms, writes Michael Geist. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | July 25, 2016
Led by Library and Archives Canada and endorsed by Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, pictured, the strategy acknowledges that digital technologies make it possible 'for memory institutions to provide immediate access to their holdings to an almost limitless audience' yet it stops strangely short of trying to do just that. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | July 25, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | July 25, 2016
Led by Library and Archives Canada and endorsed by Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, pictured, the strategy acknowledges that digital technologies make it possible 'for memory institutions to provide immediate access to their holdings to an almost limitless audience' yet it stops strangely short of trying to do just that. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | July 18, 2016
Internet users won the policy battle and years later net neutrality rules can be found worldwide. Indeed, the importance of an 'open Internet' was recently affirmed by Canada's Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains, who told an international conference that the economy depends upon it. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | July 18, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | July 18, 2016
Internet users won the policy battle and years later net neutrality rules can be found worldwide. Indeed, the importance of an 'open Internet' was recently affirmed by Canada's Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains, who told an international conference that the economy depends upon it. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | July 11, 2016
International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, left, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Steve Gerecke
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | July 11, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | July 11, 2016
International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, left, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Steve Gerecke
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | June 27, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | June 27, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | June 27, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | June 6, 2016
In recent months Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has repeatedly called for bold policies focused on addressing Canada’s dismal innovation record. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | June 6, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | June 6, 2016
In recent months Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has repeatedly called for bold policies focused on addressing Canada’s dismal innovation record. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 30, 2016
A restored CNCP counter on display at the Saskatchewan Railway Museum. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 30, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 30, 2016
A restored CNCP counter on display at the Saskatchewan Railway Museum. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 23, 2016
Canada's International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has been placed in a tough position, inheriting an increasingly unpopular agreement her government did not negotiate. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 23, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 23, 2016
Canada's International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has been placed in a tough position, inheriting an increasingly unpopular agreement her government did not negotiate. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 16, 2016
Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says the government believes in net neutrality, an affirmation that Canadians should have the right to access content and applications of their choice online. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 16, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 16, 2016
Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says the government believes in net neutrality, an affirmation that Canadians should have the right to access content and applications of their choice online. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 9, 2016
With the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearing focused on the state of internet access in Canada, the process has taken a surprising turn that ultimately cries out for leadership from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 9, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 9, 2016
With the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearing focused on the state of internet access in Canada, the process has taken a surprising turn that ultimately cries out for leadership from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 2, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 2, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | May 2, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | April 25, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | April 25, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | April 25, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | April 18, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | April 18, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | April 18, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | April 11, 2016
The internet has dramatically changed our world, touching on virtually every aspect of society. Changing our rules on essential services to account for the digital world is long overdue, writes Michael Geist. Photo NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center Photo Collection, 1949
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | April 11, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | April 11, 2016
The internet has dramatically changed our world, touching on virtually every aspect of society. Changing our rules on essential services to account for the digital world is long overdue, writes Michael Geist. Photo NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center Photo Collection, 1949
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 28, 2016
Navdeep Bains’ innovation agenda may be a centrepiece of the government’s economic strategy, but success will ultimately be defined by the ability to create business, legal, and finance policies that entice the next generation of billion-dollar companies to stay at home. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 28, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 28, 2016
Navdeep Bains’ innovation agenda may be a centrepiece of the government’s economic strategy, but success will ultimately be defined by the ability to create business, legal, and finance policies that entice the next generation of billion-dollar companies to stay at home. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 21, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 21, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 21, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 14, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 14, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 14, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 7, 2016
New regulations on TV-service pricing from the CRTC are good for competition, writes Michael Geist. Photograph from Wikipedia
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 7, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | March 7, 2016
New regulations on TV-service pricing from the CRTC are good for competition, writes Michael Geist. Photograph from Wikipedia
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 29, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 29, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 29, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 15, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 15, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 15, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 8, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 8, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 8, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 1, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 1, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | February 1, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | January 25, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | January 25, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | January 25, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | January 18, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | January 18, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | January 18, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | January 11, 2016
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | January 11, 2016
Opinion | BY MICHAEL GEIST | January 11, 2016
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright