Research projects

The L. R. Wilson Chair’s work is part of the CRDP’s research program; in particular, the Chair is a partner in the CRDP’s research projects on information and communications technology law.

Web 2.0 law

While there is not yet broad consensus on the exact definition of Web 2.0 applications, it is generally accepted that Web 2.0 sites have the following characteristics:

  • The site should not be a secret garden, in other words, it should be easy to get information into and out of the system;
  • Users should retain ownership of their own data;
  • The site should be entirely useable through a standard navigator;
  • The site should have features of social networks.

In Web 2.0 Internet environments, a number of choices and paths of action are under individuals’ control. It is thus more crucial than ever to identify each of the main stakeholders’ responsibilities. Each stakeholder has to have the tools to decide what measures to take to manage the risks associated with activities.

The work identifies the characteristics of the primary Web 2.0 tools and situates the associated responsibilities with respect to participants’ roles. It also describes the features of anticipated and possible events and activities so that policies and instruments can be designed to manage risks appropriately.

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Annotated Act to establish a Legal Framework for Information Technology

The Act to establish a Legal Framework for Information Technology provides rules covering a wide range of legal situations in e-commerce environments, as well as in other interaction environments.

An annotated version of the legislation will be produced based on decisions and doctrine published with respect to the Act since it came into effect.

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Basic information rights

The goal of this project is to analyse the legal regime for basic rights that are affected by circulation of information. The analysis will focus on structural factors involved in limitations on such rights and freedoms because it is when determining the respective limits of such rights that the most problems arise. In addition to describing the legal regime of these basic rights and freedoms, the work will identify structural aspects, theories and arguments used in judicial and quasi-judicial arenas to solve conflicts between the basic rights and freedoms concerned by circulation of information. The findings will appear in a publication designed to facilitate the work of members of the Québec legal community when faced with these issues.

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Methodology for assessing the legal risk associated with cyberjustice systems

Successful deployment of cyberjustice environments depends on the ability to develop analyses that articulate generally shared values and collective requirements, with a view to respect for human rights. In order to identify a secure legal framework, we have to assess the legal risk entailed by deployment of cyberjustice systems.

The purpose of this research project is to produce a grid for assessing the legal risk entailed by various cyberjustice projects. What legal dangers are we facing when we use cyberjustice? Once the scope of cyberjustice has been delimited and the various legal risks entailed by computer modeling and networking have been identified, we will establish an analytical framework to (1) assess and measure the legal risks of cyberjustice systems before they are deployed, and (2) facilitate the modeling of online dispute resolution procedures to meet effectiveness, constitutional and statutory requirements.

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Regulation of media in the new economy

The purpose of this research project is to increase knowledge about regulatory phenomena (in the broad sense) with respect to information technology and cultural undertakings. It will facilitate the establishment of regulatory strategies that ensure respect for the values inherent to the objectives of Canadian legislation.

Cyberspace, the virtual world and networks have redefined the way production and broadcasting standards are developed and enforced. In such environments, governments have limited ability to intervene. It is important to gain a better understanding of the conditions for the emergence and enforcement of norms in the digitalized communication environments that are now the point of convergence for media that used to be separate.

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