Oct. 11, 2022

Professors publish papers for Public Order Emergency Commission

The Commission was established to hold an independent public inquiry after the declaration of a public order emergency by the Government of Canada.

Professors Emily Laidlaw and Ryan Clements have published papers with the Public Order Emergency Commission

Emily's paper, "Mis- Dis- and Mal-Information and the Convoy: An Examination of the Role and Responsibilities of Social Media," supports the Public Order Emergency Commission in the examination of “the impact, role and sources of misinformation and disinformation, including the use of social media." The purpose of this paper is to deepen understanding of the information environment of mis-, dis- and mal-information, how it is regulated and how this intersects with the Convoy. Social media was the central nervous system of the Convoy, and exploration of its role crosses numerous domains, such as law, psychology, history, sociology, and public policy, to name a few.

Ryan's paper, "Cryptocurrency: Challenges to Conventional Governance of Financial Transactions," surveys the current state of cryptocurrency regulatory governance in Canada. It summarizes investor and consumer protection, market integrity, financial system stability, criminal enterprise, and other governance concerns in the Canadian and global cryptocurrency ecosystem. It draws comparative insights from the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU), and other international regulatory frameworks and proposals, and points to potential pathways for legal evolution and regulatory reform in diverse areas of Canadian cryptocurrency governance.