PROTECTING AGAINST ONLINE ABUSE

Join researcher Emily Laidlaw as she examines the current laws that apply to the problem of online abuse and explores legal reforms that could better tackle the harm involved.

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The concept of online abuse is broad and includes bullying, shaming, hate speech, defamation, harassment and causing offence. Regulating such abuse is complicated by the fact that Internet communications are transnational, viral and instantaneous, but the harm they cause is usually local. In law, this abuse has the unusual characteristic of being both an international and local issue.

In this webinar, Laidlaw explores the line between free speech and other rights such as privacy and reputation, the ways that social media platforms have sought to regulate through their terms and conditions and how you can protect yourself or assert your rights under the law.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Emily Laidlaw is an assistant professor with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law. She researches in the areas of information technology, copyright and media law, human rights and corporate social responsibility. She has a particular interest in the regulation of intermediaries and the human rights impact of new technologies.


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Protecting against online abuse

June 21, 2016

12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST


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