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News | 03/21/2003 5:00 am EST

Geist wins Canada Research Chair in Internet law
Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP technology lawyer, has won $250,000 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to establish a research chair in Internet and ecommerce law, as well as an ecommerce law lab. The lab, according to a media release, has already attracted the support of technology powerhouses IBM and Entrust Technologies. "Internet governance may sound arcane," Geist is quoted as saying, "but as the Internet has become a fact of life for individuals, organizations and businesses, issues of intellectual property rights, freedom of expression, privacy and business practice have become more and more important. There is a lot of work to be done to resolve these issues."
Research chair funding follows hot on the heels of an earlier announcement by Geist that he’d won $500,000 in funding from Amazon.com and the Ontario Research Network for E-commerce to establish a new Internet law clinic with the universities of Ottawa, Carleton, Queen’s and McMaster (CNM, Jan. 23/03).

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