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Dr. Jennifer Barrigar (doctorate is in law, from University of Ottawa) is a longtime scholar and writer on reputation as a means of surveilling and shaping people’s identities online, as well as the law’s treatment of reputation—online and off.  Dr. Barrigar has lectured and written on these issues for more than a decade, throughout the rapid evolution of social media and increasing online surveillance. For several years she served as Legal Counsel at Canada's Privacy Commission where she participated in the initial application and interpretation of Canada's 2001 private sector privacy act (PIPEDA) and international standards for privacy and data protection. She has also taught law courses at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. 

Her doctoral work focussed on the formation, protection and regulation of reputation in Web 2.0 environments,  encompassing research in intellectual property, privacy, e-commerce, feminist legal analysis, defamation and sociological analyses of reputation.  She holds an LL.M.degree from the University of Ottawa where she examined Canada’s federal private sector privacy law and its potential as a transformative instrument of change; an LL.B. from Dalhousie University; and an Honours B.A. from Carleton University. Along the way, she benefited from funding and other forms of support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Gowlings LLP,  the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic, the Oxford Internet Institute and the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Dr. Barrigar is an associate at Digital Discretion, a blogger at the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, and a current and past member of several community boards.


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