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Friday, July 02, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

How lawyers can can capitalize on smart contract revolution Bitcoin eroding away

The cumulative market cap of cryptocurrencies as an asset class grew around 300 per cent in 2020 to somewhere around $1.5 trillion, with bitcoin (BTC) leading the pack with a market cap of over $1 trillion. However, whilst it is true that BTC dictates and dominates the cryptocurrency market, it is crucial to distinguish BTC and cryptocurrencies themselves from blockchain as an underlying technology. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 3:33 PM

Decision whether to make ransomware payment an individual one, lawyers say Patrick McCann, Fasken

To pay or not to pay? That is the question asked by many companies and governments who have been the victims of a ransomware attack. And legal experts say that question does not have a clear “yes or no” answer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

‘Unprecedented’ Bill C-10 raises freedom of expression, net neutrality concerns: legal scholars Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa

Despite assurances that a bill aimed at updating Canada’s broadcasting regulations to cover the Internet passes constitutional muster, legal scholars are raising concerns about the effect on freedom of expression and net neutrality after MPs voted to modify some of its language on user-generated content. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 9:57 AM

B.C. seeking public input in developing provincial response to ‘revenge porn’ Emily Laidlaw, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law, University of Calgary

B.C.’s government is reaching out to the public in its attempts to develop a civil response to the scourge of non-consensual distribution of intimate images (NCDII) online, which is commonly known as “revenge porn” and has led to incidents both serious and tragic. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:30 PM

Feds promise to create data commissioner, more funding for IP as part of fiscal plan Pina D’Agostino, IP Osgoode

Although the Trudeau government focused much of its attention in the recent federal budget with the continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, buried deep in the document were promises to tackle data and intellectual property (IP) issues which it says will be key as a digital economy becomes the norm for many. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 8:53 AM

Report calls for proactive regulation to address government AI accountability gap Nye Thomas, Executive Director, Law Commission of Ontario

The warning is loud and clear: if governments at all levels in Canada don’t act now to regulate their own use of artificial intelligence, it could end up hurting vulnerable citizens, damaging public services and undermining public trust, according to a recent report by the Law Commission of Ontario. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

LSO approves technological legal services pilot; Alberta law society adopts new hearing guideline Law Society of Ontario bencher Jacqueline Horvat

With the rise of apps and online services upending the legal profession, benchers of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) have given the nod to launching a pilot project aimed at more closely regulating innovative technological legal services (ITLS) in the province. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 8:08 AM

CRTC hands out largest anti-spam fine to an individual

Privacy experts are encouraged by a landmark fine handed to a Canadian for unlawfully sending out more than half a million spam e-mails, saying greater enforcement and tougher penalties are needed to punish genuine bad actors. These comments come following the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) fining an Atlantic Canada man for allegedly delivering at least 671,342 commercial e-mails without prior consent from the recipients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 1:27 PM

Future of commercial real estate Row of various business buildings

Across the commercial property sector, retail, among many others, continues to evolve through the Internet as it increasingly favours e-commerce as an alternative trading medium to brick and mortar shops. With a few notable exceptions, COVID-19 has catalyzed this process by extinguishing footfall and dragging the profits of non-essential retailers to all-time lows. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 1:12 PM

New technology partner for Davies in Toronto

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP welcomed Laila Paszti as a partner in the technology practice of its Toronto office. ... [read more]