We are pleased to release our background papers for our Defamation Law in the Internet Age project. The papers were written by experts from across Canada and address a broad range of subjects important to this project, including:

  1. Defamation Law in the Age of the Internet: Young People’s Perspectives, Jane Bailey and Valerie Steeves, Co-Leaders of the eQuality Project, University of Ottawa
  2. Is “Truthtelling” Decontextualized Online Still Reasonable? Restoring Context to Defamation Analysis in the Digital Age, Karen Eltis, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa
  3. Internet Intermediary Liability in Defamation: Proposals for Statutory Reform, Emily Laidlaw, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, and Hilary Young, University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law
  4. The Relationship Between Defamation, Breach of Privacy and Other Legal Claims Involving Offensive Internet Content, David Mangan, City University London
  5. Are we asking too much from defamation law? Reputation systems, ADR, Industry Regulation and other Extra-Judicial Possibilities for Protecting Reputation in the Internet Age, Emily Laidlaw, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law

We invite policy-makers, stakeholders, and the general public to review and comment upon these papers. We also invite everyone to participate in our upcoming province-wide consultations on defamation. Our Defamation Law in the Internet Age Discussion Paper will be released in the fall.