Technology, Law and the Public Interest: Ottawa – HKU Conference

Dates: April 10, 2014, Thursday, from 9:00am – 5:30pm; April 11, 2014, Friday, from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Guest speakers at the conference include:

Mr. Allan Chiang, S.B.S.
Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong

The Hon. Mr. Charles Mok
Member of the Legislative Council, Hong Kong

Professor Nathalie des Rosiers
(University of Ottawa)
Dean of Law, Common Law Section
Former General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Professor Michael Geist
(University of Ottawa)
Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-Commerce Law

Professor Ian Kerr
(University of Ottawa)
Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology

Professor Eric Meslin
(Indiana University)
Associate Dean for Bioethics, School of Medicine
Founding Director of the Indiana University Centre for Bioethics


We are delighted to invite you to an exciting discussion between experts from Canada, Hong Kong and friend jurisdictions on the intersection between Technology, Law and the Public Interest.

Throughout this one and a half day event we will be debating how law and policy can make sure technological development is put to the common good.

The conference brings together an outstanding lineup of speakers, and will count on three major panels investigating the boundaries between the public and the private, society and the individual, in the areas of: Privacy and Freedom Expression, Intellectual Property and Social Justice and the ethics involved in Regulating the Body and the Mind.

Questions we will be asking include:

– Can we entrust robots to make health decisions on our behalf?
– Can privacy protect the technological use of data in the public domain?
– What lessons can we learn from recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada on the interplay between technology and users’ rights?
– What are the issues involved in regulating online parody in Hong Kong?
– How to bridge the Valley of Death between scientific policy and real world diseases?
– Are orthodox science, technology, and innovation systems metrics adequate to account for the impacts of intellectual property in developing countries?