2023 Winter - CML3395B - Regulation of Internet Communication (Class Number: 1076)

Professor(s): David Fewer
Language: English
Units: 3
Level: Upper year

Class Schedule

2023 Winter
(January 30 - April 12)
SEMMon 15:00 - 16:50FTX315
2023 Winter
(January 30 - April 12)
SEMWed 15:00 - 16:50FTX315


This seminar course is intended to function as an interdisciplinary “think-tank” on challenges regulating communicative behaviours arising from new technologies. Students will discuss the regulation of Internet communication as a vehicle for exploring the complementary functions to be played by technological and legal experts in addressing the impact of emerging technologies on pressing issues of social justice.

Key themes to be explored will include:

- the roles and professional responsibilities of engineers and lawyers in crafting “solutions” to address issues arising from Internet communication;
- creation of a common dialogue between engineers and lawyers that will assist participants in working toward technically and legally sound approaches;
- the comparative advantages/disadvantages of legal vs. technological modes of regulating Internet communications; and
- the intersections between legal doctrine and the layers of Internet technology.

Topics covered vary from year to year. Past years have addressed issues such as network neutrality, online state surveillance, the future of the book, hate speech, the right to be forgotten, and revenge porn.

Teaching Method:


Materials Used:

Materials vary.

Method of Evaluation


Other Type of Evaluation:

Each student will be expected to:
- prepare for and attend every class, and participate in blogging discussions on class website (25%);
- write a peer review: review and provide feedback on the draft of another student’s paper or project (10%);
- present a seminar on a course topic (25%); and
- write a paper or project relating to their seminar topic (40%).


Final Exams:

Exam type: None

Exam duration:


Method of evaluation for graduate students:

Graduate law students' papers should be at least 20 pages.