Full Day Conference Oct 14th, 2011 (9:00am – 5:00pm)

I. OVERVIEW 9:00AM – 9:45AM Overview Video


II. JURISDICTION 10:00AM – 11:30AM Jurisdiction Video

  • What are some of the jurisdictional legal issues posed by cloud computing?
  • Do the jurisdictional debates over cloud computing point to a renewal of the largely solved debate from the 1990s over the regulation of the “cyberspace”?
  • If cloud computing depends on cross-border data flow for its technology and if laws surrounding data and privacy differ amongst jurisdictions, can this mean an end to regulation over cloud computing?
  • What can Canada learn from other jurisdictions to help it solve law and policy jurisdictional questions arising from cloud computing?


LUNCH1 1:30AM – 12:30PM

KEYNOTE 12:30PM – 1:00 PM


III. PRIVACY AND SECURITY 1:00PM – 2:30PM Keynote & III. Privacy and Security Video

  • What are some of the privacy and security issues cloud computing raises? Are any of these new or do they all flow from the privacy and security concerns already voiced in the age of the Internet?
  • How do jurisdictional differences in privacy and data retention law affect privacy and security in the cloud?


  • How does Canadian privacy law affect the ability of Canadian businesses and Canadian customers to interact through cloud computing? What about the situation in other jurisdictions?
  • Should the laws be changed to facilitate cloud computing technology? What balance should be struck between promoting efficiency in technology and protecting privacy and enabling security?


IV. COMPETITION POLICY/INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 3:00PM – 5:00PM Competition Policy/Intellectual Property Video

  • What are the competition policy issues that arise from cloud computing?
  • Do consumers in the cloud need government protections in order to be free to move their data amongst cloud service providers? Should data portability amongst cloud providers be imposed by government regulation?
  • What role do network effects play in exacerbating the potential anti-competitiveness of the cloud computing service industry?
  • How do the multi-jurisdictional nature of cloud computing and the multilayered structure of copyright affect the protection of IP in the cloud and the ability to provide cloud-bases services?