In August 2016, the Law Commission of Ontario released a call for research papers describing the LCO’s intention to fund several research papers for the Defamation Law in the Internet Age project, as well as the criteria and terms for funding. Paper proposals were due September 16, 2016.

As a result of this call, the LCO has extended offers to fund five research papers on the topics indicated below. This research will be taken into account in the LCO’s analysis and recommendations, along with other research, consultations and feedback on our other published documents. The views expressed in the ultimate research papers will not necessarily reflect the views of the LCO, nor does the LCO take responsibility for their eventual content.

Dr. Emily B. Laidlaw:
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.

Dr. David Mangan:

The Relationship between Defamation, Breach of Privacy and Other Legal Claims Involving Offensive Internet Content.

Professor Karen Eltis of the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa:

Anonymity and Cyber Defamation: Next Steps following A.B. v. Bragg Communications Inc. in a Comparative Perspective

Dr. Emily B. Laidlaw and Dr. Hilary Young:
Internet Intermediary Liability for Online Defamation.

The eQuality Project, co-led by Professor Jane Bailey and Dr. Valerie Steeves, of the University of Ottawa:

A Qualitative Research Study of Defamation and Youth in the Digital Age.