Teresa Scassa

Teresa Scassa is a CIGI senior fellow. She is also the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and a full professor at the University of Ottawa’s Law Faculty, where her groundbreaking research explores issues of data ownership and control.

Teresa Scassa
Expertise
Intellectual property and technology
Privacy
Data ownership
Data and smart cities

Bio

Teresa Scassa is a CIGI senior fellow. She is also the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and a full professor at the University of Ottawa’s Law Faculty, where her groundbreaking research explores issues of data ownership and control. Teresa is an award-winning scholar, and is the author and editor of five books, and over 65 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has a track record of interdisciplinary collaboration to solve complex problems of law and data, and is currently part of the Geothink research partnership. Teresa is a founding member of the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society, is cross-appointed to the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University.

At CIGI, Teresa contributes expertise on the legal challenges associated with data ownership and the need for a national data strategy in a data-driven economy. Teresa also examines the governance of smart cities data and its implications for innovation, transparency, accountability, sovereignty and privacy.

Teresa has worked as a consultant for government and the private sector, and has also worked with non-governmental organizations on issues within her areas of legal expertise. She is a past member of the External Advisory Committee of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and of the Canadian Government Advisory Committee on Open Government. Teresa holds degrees in civil and common law from McGill University, as well as an LL.M. and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. She clerked for Mme Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada from 1988 to 1989.

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Governing Smart Data in the Public Interest: Lessons from Ontario’s Smart Metering Entity Big Data, Innovation Economy CIGI Papers
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What Role for Trade Deals in an Era of Digital Transformation? Big Data, Trade Opinion
Data Ownership Big Data CIGI Papers
The Data Effect Big Data, Innovation Economy Event
Who Can Own Data in a Data Economy? Big Data, Innovation Economy Opinion
Data Governance in the Digital Age Big Data, Innovation Economy, Platform Governance Essay Series
VIDEO: Considerations for Canada's National Data Strategy Big Data, Innovation Economy Video
Considerations for Canada’s National Data Strategy Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Emerging Technology Opinion
Roundtable Discussion on Data Governance and Strategy Big Data Event