TikTok: a ticking (tocking) time bomb for social media

TikTok: a ticking (tocking) time bomb for social media
By Vanessa Ford No stranger to controversy, TikTok has made headlines for being banned in India and for hosting content published by underage users in the UK. This time, US senators have labelled the app, and its parent company, a national security concern and an investigation is underway. Oddly enough, TikTok follows the same business model as so many of its social media predecessors … so why all the hype? What is TikTok? While I consider myself plugg...

What’s Watching You From Under the Tree?

What’s Watching You From Under the Tree?
By Robert Porter It may well be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the time of year where you may be gifted – or planning to gift – an internet connected device that connects to the “Internet of Things.” The explosion of the IoT marketplace has led to the creation of the “smarthome,” which can contain everything from smart speakers, smart TVs, smart mattresses and smart kitchen appliances: all promising to turn everyday life into a tech...

Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Cyber Abuse Conference

Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Cyber Abuse Conference
By Suzie Dunn As a member of The eQuality Project research team I attended a conference on the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Cyber Abuse organized by the New York Cyber Sexual Abuse Task Force. It was hosted at the Brooklyn Law school on October 24th, 2019. The event was co-sponsored by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Legal Momentum, and the New York Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. The conference p...

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Concealing Inequality

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Concealing Inequality
By: Tanya Krupiy Currently, organisations are exploring the opportunities and setbacks associated with using artificial intelligence technologies. Developers argue that individuals can make better and faster decisions if they employ artificial intelligence systems to analyse large quantities of data. They point out that artificial intelligence systems have the capacity to make accurate predictions about the future performance of individuals. Developer...

WeRobot comes to the University of Ottawa

WeRobot comes to the University of Ottawa
By Suzie Dunn WeRobot is an annual interdisciplinary conference focused on legal and policy issues related to robotics and artificial intelligence. The inaugural WeRobot conference was hosted at the University of Miami School of Law in April 2012 and the newest iteration of the conference will be hosted at the University of Ottawa in 2020. In the past, the conference has rotated between universities in the east and west side of the United States and has...

Its not me, its you. What happens when we break up with Facebook?

Its not me, its you. What happens when we break up with Facebook?
By Vanessa Ford Would you quit Facebook? For a week? For a month? Stanford University and New York University researchers recently asked this question when they enlisted nearly 3000 people over age 18 for a study, the most comprehensive one to date, on the influence of Facebook. After my recent attempt to spend less time online and more time offline I was comforted by a New York Times article by Benedict Carey outlining this study–and the similar effect...

R v Jarvis: A Contextual Approach to Privacy

R v Jarvis: A Contextual Approach to Privacy
By Jane Bailey, David Fewer, and Suzie Dunn The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on R v Jarvis on February 14, 2019. Ryan Jarvis was a high school teacher in London Ontario who was charged with voyeurism after being caught using a camera pen to secretly take multiple videos of several female students’ breast and chest areas while talking with them in the school and on the school grounds. The section of the offence Jarvis was charged with ...

Securing your Digital Self

Securing your Digital Self
By Vanessa Ford I am sure I am not the first person to be shoe shopping, only to have those shoes follow me, step by step, as I traverse across social media platforms. I would even go a step further and say that there is a growing movement of people that seem to think their thoughts are being translated into ads on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. While I cannot vouch for the infiltration of mind to media, I can say that my digital...

Trimming the fat: A lesson in social media withdrawal

Trimming the fat: A lesson in social media withdrawal
By Vanessa Ford As a first year law student I have quickly learned that much like my money, my time is a scarce resource. Faced with a large amount of class time, and an even larger to do list, I knew I had to sacrifice something in favour of increased productivity. It was time to trim the proverbial fat. The fat I was consuming daily. In the library, in bed, in the bathtub, on the way to class, and sometimes even in class. Social media. I am not sayin...

Upcoming Decision on R vs. Jarvis

Upcoming Decision on R vs. Jarvis
By Suzie Dunn The Supreme Court of Canada is set to release its decision on a much anticipated case addressing privacy, equality and sexual violence this Thursday, February 14, 2019. On the day of its release, the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law will host a discussion on the decision at 4:00 pm in Room 570, Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis-Pasteur Private. All are welcome to attend. On April 20, 2018 the Supreme Court heard R v Jarvis, (SCC file number ...