Law Commission of Ontario to host one-day conference on May 3 examining “Defamation Law in the Internet Age: Where Do We Go From Here?” Registration is now open

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It has been said that almost every concept and rule in the field of defamation law has to be reconsidered in light of the Internet. The Law Commission of Ontario’s “Defamation Law and the Internet: Where Do We Go From Here?” conference, held on May 3, 2018, considered whether or how defamation law should be reformed in light of fast-moving and far-reaching developments in law, technology and social values.

Topics discussed included defamation, online speech and reputation, the relationship between freedom of expression and privacy, whether or how internet intermediaries (such as Facebook or Google) should be responsible for online defamation, internet “content moderation”, dispute resolution, and access to justice.

The conference was incredibly successful, with over 140 participants in person and on the live webcast, contributing to the discussion.

We invite you to continue the dialogue on the issues raised at the conference.