Register now for our next Canadian IGF Talks: Safety first? Approaching internet regulation in Canada on November 24th at 2 p.m. EST

From hate speech to malicious software, Canadians’ online safety has been top of mind across the country. However, the legislative files on harmful content and cybersecurity have been slow to move forward. Their early phases, however, provide opportunities for stakeholder and public input about the best paths forward to approach these issues in Canada while maintaining the freedom and openness of the internet. A year ago, the Canadian IGF discussed the Government of Canada’s online harms proposal. This year, join Dr. Emily Laidlaw and Michael Lee-Murphy in a fireside chat on November 24th at 2:00 p.m. EST to discuss the Online Safety Expert Group’s work, bill C-26, and the future of safety on the Canadian internet. 


Michael Lee-Murphy (moderator), The Wire Report
Dr. Emily Laidlaw, University of Calgary

Michael Lee-Murphy, Reporter and Editor, The Wire Report

Michael Lee-Murphy is a reporter and editor at The Wire Report, The Hill Times Publishing’s site for daily coverage of breaking news and longer-form features about the wireless, wireline, broadcast and streaming sectors, as well as digital advertising, privacy, copyright and other Internet-related issues.

Dr. Emily Laidlaw, Canada Research Chair, Cybersecurity Law and Associate Professor, University of Calgary in the Faculty of Law

Emily Laidlaw is a Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law and Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Law. She researches in the areas of technology regulation and human rights, with a focus on platform regulation, privacy and freedom of expression. She is the author of the book Regulating Speech in Cyberspace: Gatekeepers, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2015). 

As a scholar Dr. Laidlaw actively contributes to law reform and other advisory work, with recent projects for the Federal Government, Law Commission of Ontario, the Uniform Law Conference of Canada and the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development. She co-chaired the expert advisory panel on online safety appointed by the Government of Canada to advise on next steps for the development of legislation to address online harms.

Dr. Laidlaw is a network director of the Canadian Network on Information Security and a member of the Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance.