Jon is a legal academic and PhD candidate in communication sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (Balliol College). A former Berkman Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Google Policy Fellow, Jon is an Assistant Professor at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, and a Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. His interdisciplinary research focuses, among other things, on human rights, privacy, censorship, and security, especially as they intersect with information law and policy. Follow him on Twitter here: @jon_penney

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American lessons for bill C-51

The Bill C-51 anti-terror law debate has been contentious and wide-ranging, yet few commentators have drawn on experience or expert voices from elsewhere to understand its implications. Bruce Schneier's is one such voice. A security professional …

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Harper's Charter Activism

One of the most reliable traditions in Canadian commentary on legal matters is accusing courts of “judicial activism”.  This criticism was used to great effect throughout the Harper era, but particularly so in the final …

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How can Atlantic Canada benefit from CETA?

The Canada-European Union trade agreement known as CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) sits in limbo, with Belgium stating it could not sign on with one of its regions (Wallonia) opposing the deal due to …

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How surveillance harms

Revelations that Montreal police have conducted covert surveillance on several investigative journalists in Quebec has prompted a public inquiry and led Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien to argue in the Globe and Mail on November 9 that the revelations highlight …

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