Live Chat: Decoding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Dr. Michael Geist
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What: An online discussion to break down what the TPP is and how it could impact free expression
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Hashtag: #CJFElive

There has been a great deal of talk over the past few years about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But how much do you really know about it? What is it? What threats does it pose to free expression in Canada and abroad? Join CJFE on September 10 for an online conversation to decode the TPP, and find out how it impacts you.

CJFE will be joined by Dr. Michael Geist, who will answer questions about the TPP and its impact on free expression.

Background reading

What does the Trans-Pacific Partnership mean for free expression in Canada? by Adam Kingsmith

Q&A with Dr. Michael Geist by CJFE

Expert Panelist: Dr. Michael Geist

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.

Dr. Geist is a syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen. Dr. Geist is the editor of several copyright books including The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, University of Ottawa Press), From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010, Irwin Law) and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law). He is also the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues.

Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including the CANARIE Board of Directors, the Canadian Legal Information Institute Board of Directors, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Expert Advisory Board, the Electronic Frontier Foundation Advisory Board, and on the Information Program Sub-Board of the Open Society Institute. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008, Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada and he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2003. In 2010, Managing Intellectual Property named him on the 50 most influential people on intellectual property in the world and Canadian Lawyer named him one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada in 2011 and 2012.

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Moderator: Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown is a technology affairs critic, & Toronto Life magazine, and member of CJFE's Digital Issues Committee.