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 ...

British Columbia’s LGBTQ+ Youth Forum

British Columbia’s LGBTQ+ Youth Forum
By Grace Foran On October 19, 2018, I attended an LGBTQ2+ youth GSA forum hosted by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), in partnership with the Burnaby School District 41. Both youth and educators were invited to participate in a day of workshops, which culminated in a post-forum reception where the youth had the opportunity to network and meet other students from different GSAs. The workshops covered a variety of topics incl...

R v Jarvis: Students’ Right to Privacy

R v Jarvis: Students’ Right to Privacy
By Suzie Dunn Do girls have a reasonable expectation of privacy not to have unwanted pictures of their breasts taken while they are in school? This was the question that was being asked at the recent Supreme Court of Canada case R v Jarvis. The eQuality Project believes that they do. This case involves a high school teacher who surreptitiously recorded multiple video clips of the chest and cleavage area several high school girls and one female teacher ...

Toxic Twitter

Toxic Twitter
By Suzie Dunn New research by Amnesty International demonstrates the egregious level of abuse and harassment women face on social media, particularly women leaders and women of colour, women from ethnic or religious minorities, lesbian, bisexual or transgender women, non-binary individuals, and women with disabilities. Dillon Black and Suzie Dunn of The eQuality Project had the opportunity to meet with Amnesty International’s Azmina Dhrodia while she wa...