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Alex Cameron 






Alex Cameron
LL.D. (Law and Technology) Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa


Alex received B.A. (Philosophy and English Literature) and LL.B. degrees from the University of British Columbia, and an LL.M (Law and Technology) from the University of Ottawa. From 2000 to 2003, Alex practiced law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP where he was a member of the Technology and Intellectual Property Group and the Privacy and Information Protection Group.

During his time in Vancouver, Alex was actively involved in a number of professional and community organizations, including as Director, UBC Law Alumni Association; Executive Member, Canadian Bar Association Corporate Counsel section; and Vice-President, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society. He was also a regular guest-lecturer at the UBC Faculty of Law E-commerce seminar.

Alex is currently a doctoral (Law and Technology) candidate at the University of Ottawa where he is focusing his studies on privacy and the interplay between privacy and digital rights management.

Alex has recently worked for the Electronic Privacy Information Center and for the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.

Alex has authored and co-authored a number of articles relating to intellectual property, domain names, and privacy: see http://www.fasken.com for a list of Alex’s publications. He has presented a number of his papers to conferences across Canada.


With DRM systems poised to become the future regulators of our ability to access and use many different kinds of information, Alex will study the effects that DRM systems will have on user privacy. Arguing that DRM systems pose a significant threat to user privacy because the fundamental premise of DRM is one of user identification and authentication, Alex’s research will investigate the roles that privacy can play in the design and implementation of DRM systems.




"Nymity, P2P & ISPs: The Implications of BMG (Canada) v Doe" in Privacy and Technologies of Identity: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation, ed K.J. Strandburg and D.S. Raicu (New York: Springer, 2005) [co-authored in equal proportion with Ian Kerr]

“Beyond the Panopticon: architectures of power in DRM,” Panopticon, The 15th Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy, Keeping an Eye on the Panopticon: Workshop on Vanishing Anonymity, Seattle, April 12, 2005.

“Digital Rights Management: Where Copyright and Privacy Collide” (2004) 2 Canadian Privacy Law Review 14

“Infusing Privacy Norms in DRM: Incentives and perspectives from law,” in Yves Deswarte, et al. (eds.), Information Security Management, Education and Privacy, IFIP 18th World Computer Congress, TC11 19th International Information Security Workshops, 22-27 August 2004, Toulouse, France (Kluwer 2004).


"Outsourcing Privacy: Protecting personal information when outsourcing and offshoring" presented to the Ottawa Center for Research and Innovation, November 2005.
"International Intellectual Property Update: Canada" presented at Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference, Seattle, April 2005.

"P2P Litigation Summit: Canadian and Global Developments" presented at the First Annual P2P Litigation Summit (November 3, 2005), Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, USA.

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Existing and Emerging Privacy-based Limits In Litigation and Electronic Discovery

The Nexus of Intellectual Privacy and Copyright

Technology and the law: Will reasonableness be the ruin of privacy?

Musings on philosophy, law and technology

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