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On the Identity Trail: the latest
CBC Radio Learns Some _Lessons From The Identity Trail_
Saturday, 18 April 2009

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Yesterday, CBC radio's morning show, the current, featured Lessons From The Identity Trail co-author, Ian Kerr, who discussed the book and a number of contemporary challenges that privacy faces in light of emerging technologies with guest host, Nancy Wilson. Below is the the text of Nancy Wilson's introduction and a link to the podcast of the full length interview in segment #3 of the show.

 

To some people the Internet is the world's biggest commons ... a global public square. For others, it's a realm of shadowy, anonymous figures hiding behind online aliases. But anonymity is becoming less and less a feature of life online. We aired a clip with one perspective on that trend, posted last May on the website, Mobuzz.tv.

Taking responsibility for your actions on line may be just one way you relinquish privacy. Every day, millions of Canadians hop on the Internet to check their e-mail, chat with their friends on social networking sites, book a vacation or buy a gift. And each time they click on a purchase or post a picture, they give up a little bit of their privacy. EDpillsgeneric.net - a little bit of their privacy best pharmacy online with no prescription.

With this explosion of information technology - there are those who warn that our anonymity and our right to privacy is in jeopardy. That's the premise of a new book called On The Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society. Academics, governments and private corporations around the world contributed to the book, which examines how technology is changing the nature of our private lives, and what it means to be "anonymous."

Dr. Ian Kerr is the lead author of the book. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He was in Ottawa.

The book can be downloaded from the internet for free.

The podcast of the interview is available here .

 

 
Lessons From The Identity Trail is Launched !
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Last week, members from ID Trail gathered for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's Privacy Lecture Series to launch their new book Lessons From the Identity Trail. The event, which enjoyed an over-capacity turn out, resulted in extensive media coverage across Canada, including an opinion editorial by Ian Kerr and Valerie Steeves in the Ottawa Citizen and broader coverage by the National Post, CBC, CTV, the Edmonton Journal, the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Sun and the Ottawa Citizen.

Well deserved shout-outs are owed to Amanda Leslie, Anne-Marie Hayden and Jill Pyle for organizing an impressive event !

Special thanks to the very talented Mark Blevis for providing a podcast of the event, which can be downloaded here.

 
Lessons From the Identity Trail Book Launch
Saturday, 28 March 2009

On Wednesday April 8, 2009 members of the ID Trail project will re-assemble to launch their new book, Lessons from the Identity Trail. 

The launch will take place as part of the Office of the Privacy Commisioner of Canada 's Lecture Series at noon in the Albert Salon at the Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street (here is a map). At this session, Ian Kerr and Valerie Steeves will offer readings from the book, published by Oxford University Press.

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The ID Trail is proud to announce that the book will also available online by way of a creative commons licence.

The online version will be released in three parts on April 8, April 28, and May 6.

The OPC has been an important partner in the ID Trail project, collaborating on a number of key educational activities, student training and knowledge dissemination events. Please join us for the latest at the OPC Privacy Lecture series. 

 
Ian Kerr holds the Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law, and Technology at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law with cross-appointments to the Faculty of Medicine, the Department of Philosophy, and the School of Information Studies. He was the principal investigator of On the Identity Trail, the recently completed, collaborative research project which studied the impact of technology on privacy, identity, and anonymity. Valerie Steeves is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Criminology and Faculty of Law. Her main area of research is human rights and technology issues. 

 

 
Ian Kerr, Anne Uteck & Val Steeves Speaking at Hixon-Riggs Forum on Science, Technology and Society
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
On the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr, Valerie Steeves and Anne Uteck will be speaking at the Hixon-Riggs Forum on Science, Technology and Society at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, on March 27-29.
 
Ian's presentation is titled "Emanations, Snoop Dogs and Reasonable Expectations of Privacy".  Anne will be presenting on "Spatial Privacy in a Networked World".  Val's talk is titled "The Watched Child: Surveillance in Three Online Playgrounds".
 
Click here for more information on the forum.
 
Marsha Hanen Giving Keynote Address at "Breaking Boundaries, Forging Connections" Conference
Thursday, 20 March 2008
hanenOn the Identity Trail's Marsha Hanen will be giving the Keynote Address at Breaking Boundaries, Forging Connections: Feminist Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice, a conference being held at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, on April 11.  The conference will explore the promise and the challenges of interdisciplinarity in feminist and women’s studies, and in the activism it informs and is informed by at the beginning of the twenty-first century, in Canada and internationally. Genericpillsrx.net - Drugs Without Rx Online. Papers and panels will present interdisciplinarity at work in diverse formats, critical reflections on interdisciplinarity as such, video and narrative presentations, workshops, roundtables and panels, and contributions that attest to the prospects and productive collaborations interdisciplinary commitments can animate.  Dr. Hanen's presentation is titled “Toward Integration: Pathways to Interdisciplinarity”.

Click here for more information.
 
Jane Bailey, Ian Kerr & Val Steeves Participating in Panel on Social Media & Social Networking
Tuesday, 04 March 2008
On the Identity Trail's Jane Bailey, Ian Kerr and Valerie Steeves will be participating in a discussion panel titled, “Facing Up To Facebook: A discussion panel on social media and social networking”, as part of the University of Ottawa’s Torys LLP Technology Law Speaker Series on March 12.  The panel, which also includes Professors Jeremy de Beer and Michael Geist, will legal issues arising from Facebook and related social media technologies. Website for purchase drugs online without prescription.

Click here for more information.
 
Carlisle Adams Speaking at 7th Symposium on Identity and Trust on the Internet (IDtrust)
Thursday, 14 February 2008
On the Identity Trail's Carlisle Adams and Kathryn Garson will be presenting their paper, “Security and Privacy System Architecture for an e-Hospital Environment”, at the 7th Symposium on Identity and Trust on the Internet (IDtrust), in Gaithersburg, MD, on March 5.  The symposium brings together academia, government, and industry to explore all aspects of identity and trust.

Click here for more information.
 
Valerie Steeves Gave Presentation for Association of Computing Machinery
Thursday, 28 February 2008
On the Identity Trail's Valerie Steeves gave a presentation, titled "Who's Minding the Kids? Surveillance in Three Online Playgrounds,” for the Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction in Ottawa in January.  Click here to download the presentation slides.
 
Valerie Steeves Speaking at Dalhousie University's Health Law and Policy Seminar Series
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
valOn the Identity Trail's Valerie Steeves will be speaking at the Dalhousie University Health Law Institute's Health Law and Policy Seminar Series in Halifax on March 7.  The title of her presentation is "Material Girls: Children's Online Spaces, Body Image, Identity and Social Relationships".
 
Cynthia Aoki Speaking at University of Toronto Graduate Student Research Conference
Monday, 25 February 2008
cynthiaaokiOn the Identity Trail's Cynthia Aoki will be speaking at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Dean's Graduate Student Research Conference 2008, at the University of Toronto on March 1st. Cynthia will presenting along with Miwa Takeuchi (PhD candidate, Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development, University of Toronto).  The title of their presentation is "Don't Read About Them: Censorship and Technology in Education".

Click here for more information.
 
Rob Carey and Jacquelyn Burkell Publish Article in First Monday
Friday, 22 February 2008
On the Identity Trail's Rob Carey and Jacquelyn Burkell published an article in the online journal First Monday, titled “Revisiting the four horsemen of the infopocalypse: Representations of anonymity and the Internet in Canadian newspapers”. 

Click here to read the article.
 
Jason Millar Presenting Paper at the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society
Tuesday, 19 February 2008

On the Identity Trail's Jason Millar will be presenting a paper at the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, which runs from June 26-28. The paper is titled "Blind Visionaries: A Case For Broadening Engineers' Ethical Duties".

 
Ian Kerr Speaking at the 2008 Conference for Privacy Investigators
Thursday, 14 February 2008
On the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr has been invited to speak at the 2008 Conference for Privacy Investigators in Ottawa on February 14. The workshop, hosted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, brings together Provincial, Territorial and Federal Privacy Investigators to share experiences and best practices. Ian will be presenting on a panel on emerging/evolving technologies.  The title of his presentation is “The World is Leaky: Information Emanations and Reasonable Expectations of Privacy”.

 
Anne Uteck Speaking at First Interdisciplinary Workshop on Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy in Rome
Thursday, 14 February 2008
On the Identity Trail's Anne Uteck is speaking at the First Interdisciplinary Workshop on Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy: Preserving anonymity in geographically referenced data, in Rome, Italy on February 14th.  Anne's presentation is titled "Spatial privacy in a networked society".

Click here for more information.
 
Marsha Hanen & Kenna Miskelly Present Paper on Biobanking at One Origin Conference
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
On the Identity Trail's Marsha Hanen and Kenna Miskelly presented their paper, "Biobanking: Preserving Patient Autonomy", at One Origin, One Race, One Earth: Genetics, Human Rights and the Next Phase of Human Evolution, at the University of Calgary on November 15-17, 2007. 

Click here to read the draft paper.
 
Jennifer Chandler Presenting Paper at Virginia Journal of Law and Technology Symposium on Privacy
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
On the Identity Trail's Jennifer Chandler will be presenting the final paper at the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology Symposium on Privacy at the University of Virginia on February 8.  The title of her presentation is "Personal Privacy versus National Security:  Clarifying and Reframing the Trade-Off".
 
Cynthia Aoki Speaking at the International Association of Science, Technology & Society Conference
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
On the Identity Trail's Cynthia Aoki will be speaking at the 23rd Annual Conference of the International Association of Science, Technology & Society in Baltimore on January 31-February 2.  The title of her presentation is "Rewriting my Autobiography: The Legal Implications of Memory Dampening Mechanisms".
 
Ian Kerr Named One of Canada's Best in Research in Toronto Star Article
Monday, 14 January 2008
On the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr was in featured in a Toronto Star article on the Canada Research Chairs program. In the article, titled "Brain drain?  That's so nineties", Ian is named as one of "five of Canada's best in research." 

Click here to read the article.
 
Anne Uteck Awarded University of Ottawa Doctoral Research Award
Tuesday, 04 December 2007
Congratulations to On the Identity Trail's Anne Uteck, who has been awarded the University of Ottawa Doctoral Research Award, for her doctoral project on spatial privacy.
 
Jennifer Chandler and Ian Kerr Speak at Electronic Health Information & Privacy Conference
Tuesday, 04 December 2007
kerr_gruben_chandlerOn the Identity Trail’s Jennifer Chandler and Ian Kerr spoke at the Electronic Health Information & Privacy Conference on Monday, December 3, in Ottawa.  The conference addressed contemporary privacy concerns with the adoption of information technology in health care and health research.

Jennifer and Ian spoke on a panel on “Emerging Healthcare Technologies and the Future of Privacy”, which Ian also chaired. http://health-care-area.net/ online pharmacy without rx. The panel investigated future challenges to the preservation of privacy arising from the adoption of new and emerging health technologies.  Moving from the present to the near future and beyond, panelists examined genetics, assisted reproductive technologies and nanotechnology to interrogate the future of privacy.

Jennifer’s presentation was titled “How Emerging Healthcare Technologies Change the Privacy (and Litigation) Stakes.”  Ian’s presentation was titled “Plenty of Eyes at the Bottom? NanoMedicine and the Future of Privacy”, and considered some of the key privacy implications of nanomedicine as well as the gaps in our current regulatory framework for addressing them.  The panel also included Vanessa Gruben, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, who gave a talk on “The Privacy Implications of Assisted Human Reproduction.” 

Click here for more information.
 
Podcast of Ian Kerr's Privacy Forum on EHR Information Governance Keynote Available for Download
Thursday, 22 November 2007
On the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr gave the dinner keynote address at the Pan-Canadian Privacy Forum on EHR Information Governance on November 14 in Toronto.  The title of his presentation is "DRM {and/or/vs.} PRIVACY: musical lessons for the electronic health care record."

Click here to download the podcast.
 
Revealed I Conference Panels Airing on CPAC November 16 & 19
Friday, 16 November 2007
The Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) will be airing two Revealed “I” conference panels, marketedI and invisibleI, on November 16th and 19th.

The marketedI panel is airing on Friday, November 16th at 7:00 pm, and again on Sunday, November 18th at 5:00 pm.  Moderated by CNET’s Declan McCullagh, this debate featured Jeffrey Chester, Center for Digital Democracy, and Mike Zaneis, Interactive Advertising Bureau, who investigated behavioural marketing and its implications for privacy and identity.

The invisibleI panel is airing on Monday, November 19th at 9:00 am. This panel, moderated by Daphne Gilbert, investigated privacy from the perspective of marginalized persons and will include representatives of, and advocates for, some of Canada’s most vulnerable populations.  Panelists were Lillie Coney, Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center; Kim Pate, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies; Micheal Vonn, M.A. Candidate, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University & Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia; and Gregor Wolbring, Department of Community Health & Department of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, University of Calgary.

In addition, the iCommish panel, with Information and Privacy Commissioners David Loukidelis (British Columbia), Frank Work (Alberta) and Ann Cavoukian (Ontario) sharing their experience with Facebook and discussing its privacy implications, is now available on Video on Demand on the CPAC website, www.cpac.ca.

 
Ian Kerr to Give Keynote Address at Pan-Canadian Privacy Forum on EHR Information Governance
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
kerrOn the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr will be giving the dinner keynote address at the Pan-Canadian Privacy Forum on EHR Information Governance on November 14 in Toronto.  The Privacy Forum on EHR Information Governance is a federal/provincial/territorial initiative sponsored by Infoway to consider solutions and associated non-technical tools that will address the information governance issues as identified in the “White Paper on Information Governance of the Interoperable Electronic Heath Record (iEHR)”.
 
The title of Ian's keynote presentation is "DRM {and/or/vs.} PRIVACY: musical lessons for the electronic health care record."

Click here for more information on this event.
 
Ian Kerr Speaking at Visions National Health Law Conference
Friday, 09 November 2007

On the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr has been invited to speak at the Visions National Health Law Conference in Banff, Alberta on Friday, November 9.  The two day national health law conference will focus on the future of health care, presenting an exceptionally unique opportunity to bring together predictions from a wide range of perspectives during an unprecedented time of change for the Canadian health care system.

Ian's presentation is titled "The technologies of (trans)humanist medicine."  The increasing ability to modify, augment, and enhance the human body beyond species-typical boundaries is among the most significant recent advances in science and technology. Emerging technologies not only offer new tools for restoring function to injured bodies, they also offer the ability to surpass species-typical function and performance. As enhancement technologies are perfected, they create new possibilities for treating those who are already said to be ‘healthy’, making them ‘better than well’.  As such, a broad adoption of enhancement technologies risks a dangerous shift in the values underlying the healthcare agenda.  In an era where health goals are blurring the lines between therapy and enhancement and medical interventions are becoming more and more technology dependent, Ian examines the drivers of enhancement-based health through an investigation of emerging cybernetic and information technologies and their underlying values. In his presentation, Ian argues that the ‘convergence’ and ‘innovation’ rhetoric recently re-emerging in the health sector presupposes a dangerous philosophy that constitutes a further erosion of humanist ideals in medicine.

Click here for more information on the conference.

 
BC Privacy Commissioner says Revealed "I" "one of the very best conferences" he has attended
Thursday, 08 November 2007
A retrospective on the Revealed "I" Conference, presented by the On the Identity Trail project, has been posted on the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section website.  In the article, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia, David Loukidelis, comments that the Revealed "I" Conference “... was easily one of the very best conferences [he has]... been to, bar none, in this or any other area."

Click here to read the article.

 
Revealed I Conference Panels Airing on CPAC November 4 & 5
Friday, 02 November 2007
The Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) will be airing two Revealed “I” conference panels, iCommish and interceptedI, on November 4th and 5th. 

The iCommish panel is airing Sunday, November 4 at 1:35 PM and again Monday, November 5 at 3:30 AM.  In response to the so-called ‘privacy divide’, this panel of Information and Privacy Commissioners – David Loukidelis (British Columbia), Frank Work (Alberta), and Ann Cavoukian (Ontario) - shared the results of a group experiment in which they spent a couple of months living a ‘2nd life’ in a social network.  The panel was moderated by Ian Kerr.

The interceptedI panel is airing Monday, November 5 at 2:30 PM.  This panel, moderated by Pippa Lawson, considered the expansion of police powers in an internet age and what it might mean for Canadians.  Panelists were Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa; Ian Goldberg, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo; Clayton Pecknold, Deputy Chief Constable, Central Saanich Police Service, British Columbia; and Wesley Wark, Department of History and Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.

Other Revealed “I” conference panels will be airing on CPAC soon.  The panels will eventually be made available as video-on-demand on the CPAC website, www.cpac.ca.

 
ID Trail's Katie Black Organizes Panel on National Security, Surveillance Technology & Human Rights
Friday, 02 November 2007
On September 19th, 2007, the University of Ottawa Law & Technology group dedicated the opening symposium of the Tory’s Technology Law Speaker Series to discuss issues that lie at the interface of national security, current surveillance technology and racial profiling. In a fascinating open-format discussion, the panelists Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, Prof. Craig Forcese, Prof. David Lyon, Barbara Jackman LL.B. and moderator Prof. Ian Kerr examined the costs of social and technological changes aimed at ensuring “national security”. These include ethnic and religious profiling as a consequence of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Passenger Protection Program (Canada’s no-fly list), and the implementation of ubiquitous surveillance technologies that threaten privacy and free expression. 

The videocast is available here.

The podcast is available here.

 
My wish list for a few things we need in the privacy world
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
a blog*on*nymity ID TRAIL MIX by Kris Klein

Okay, okay… It’s still a few months away from the Holiday season and the New Year. Regardless, they’ve given me the pen for this spot and I’m making a list. I figure if I get my wish list in early this year, maybe I’ll get a few of the things I want!

So, here’s my wish list for a few things we need in the privacy world:

1. Laws that break through or work around the limitations imposed by our constitution (I mean, provincially regulated employees have no privacy protection in legislation unless their information is used as part of a commercial activity or unless they live in Alberta, B.C. or Quebec).

2. Speaking of commercial purposes… can we please have a better definition that doesn’t involve someone circling and circling and circling? I mean a commercial activity is something of a commercial nature. Gee, thanks for that clarification.

To read the rest of this piece, visit: http://www.anonequity.org/weblog/archives/2007/10/my_wish_list_for_a_few_things.php
 
Jena McGill, Ian Kerr, and Daphne Gilbert Make Submission to Customer Name Address Consultation
Friday, 19 October 2007
ID Trail’s Jena McGill, Ian Kerr, and Daphne Gilbert made a submission to the recent Customer Name Address Consultation (CNA).  Building on their recent academic publication, The Medium and The Message: Personal Privacy and the Forced Marriage of Police and Telecommunications Providers, they argue that the contemplated scheme allowing law enforcement agencies to obtain CNA data without a warrant — which can be used as the key to building profiles of core biographical information about identifiable individuals — infringes reasonable expectations of privacy and is likely unconstitutional.

Their CNA Consultation submission can be downloaded here.

Their academic article can be downloaded here.

 
Jane Bailey Spoke at Nova Scotia Provincial Judges Association Conference
Thursday, 18 October 2007
On the Identity Trail's Jane Bailey made a presentation at an educational conference organized by the Nova Scotia Provincial Judges Association in White Point, NS on October 18, 2007.  Professor Bailey spoke on the issue of online child pornography, focusing on the ways in which sentencing and privacy have been addressed by Canadian courts in the context of these offences.
 
Rewriting my Autobiography: Me, Myself, and (possibly) a Different I
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
cynthiaaokia blog*on*nymity ID TRAIL MIX by Cynthia Aoki

I’ve always wanted to write my own autobiography. Maybe it’s narcissistic, but I thought it would be a good chance for me to think back, reflect, introspect, and remember both the good and bad things that happened to me throughout my life. I could then maybe figure out what went right, and in some cases, what went horribly wrong. But I told myself that I would save this personal task until I was older and also until I had enough stories and experiences to share and write about. Otherwise, if I wrote my autobiography today, it would be a story about a girl named Cynthia, who went to school, who then decided to go to more school.

To read the rest of this piece, visit: http://www.anonequity.org/weblog/archives/2007/10/rewriting_my_autobiography_me.php
 
Krista Boa Speaking at 4S Conference in Montreal
Friday, 12 October 2007
On the Identity Trail’s Krista Boa is speaking at the Society for Social Studies (4S) Annual Meeting in Montreal on October 12th.  Krista’s presentation is titled “Shaping our Identities Together: Public Consultation Approaches about Identity and Surveillance Initiatives.” Coming from the position that public participation is essential in the policy and decision-making processes of surveillance and identity systems initiatives, this presentation offers  a framework for developing strong public consultation strategies sensitive to the types issues and implications inherent to these systems and which allows a broad range of voices to be heard. Based on these criteria, Krista will examine the approaches used in several Canadian initiatives, including the Ontario Smart Card Project (1999-2002), a Canadian biometric national ID card (2003), and the Toronto Police Service’s initiative to increase use of CCTV in public places (2007).
 
Ian Kerr Speaking at the Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting
Friday, 12 October 2007
kerrOn the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr is speaking at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting in Montreal on October 12th.    The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to understanding science and technology, and exists to facilitate communication across conventional boundaries that separate the disciplines and across national boundaries that separate scholars. 

Ian will be participating in a panel titled “In the Eye of the Beholder: Surveillance and the Performance of Identity”.  This panel directly addresses the conference theme of “Ways of Knowing”. Surveillance and identification infrastructures – as they mediate the proliferation, capture, processing, and use of personal data – are providing new and problematic ways of ‘knowing’ individuals – who they are, the risks they pose, the actions they are entitled to or prevented from taking. This panel questions and critiques those infrastructures as we explore their use in the performance and protection of identity across different contexts.  Ian’s presentation is titled “Chatting with No One About Nothing in Particular”, and examines the legal and ethical issues raised by a new business model that utilizes ‘affecting computing’ and other techniques in human-computer interaction in the marketing and sale of products and services to children. 

Click here for more information on the conference.
 
Intimate Invasions: How Far Will Internet Users Push the Realm of Acceptability?
Tuesday, 09 October 2007

or Have You Been Facebook Stalked Yet?

a blog*on*nymity ID TRAIL MIX by Kayleigh Platz

I recently, for the first time in my life, set up my own wireless router in order to connect my laptop, as well as my roommate’s, to the Internet. This was not a user-friendly experience, and my stress level was heightened by my need to safeguard my wireless signal from outside intruders. I was creating a code of identity for my actions through my computer network: I had to name my signal and trust that it will safeguard my IP address which is now, through my actions online, an extension of my self and identity.

To read the rest of this piece, visit: http://www.anonequity.org/weblog/archives/2007/10/intimate_invasions_how_far_wil.php

 
David Matheson Receives International Award for Excellence in Technology, Knowledge, and Society
Wednesday, 03 October 2007

mathesonOn the Identity Trail's David Matheson has been awarded the International Award for Excellence in the area of technology, knowledge and society, for his paper titled "Virtue and the Surveillance Society", by the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society

David has been invited to present a plenary session at the upcoming Fourth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, to be held at Northeastern University, Boston from the 18-20 January 2008. He will be formally acknowledged as the recepient of the International Award for Excellence at the conference.

The paper argues that the surveillance society risks undermining the ability of its citizens to develop virtue for the same sorts of reasons that overprotective parenting can impair the character development of children. Accordingly, to the extent that we think virtue development among citizens is important, we have reason to resist the transformation of the networked society into the surveillance society.

Click here to read the paper.

 
Wikisurveillance: a genealogy of cooperative watching in the West
Tuesday, 02 October 2007
a blog*on*nymity ID TRAIL MIX by Michael Arntfield

As the duly elected Liberal government currently serving the Province of Ontario stands poised to infuse one of the largest revenue collection and fine levying agencies in the Western hemisphere—the Ontario Provincial Police—with $2 million (Can) to fund the operation of a state-of-the-art spy plane ostensibly required to identify “racers” or “stunt” drivers using the King’s Highways (Cockburn & Greenberg 2007), all while police in Britain continue to append audio-video recording equipment, or “Bobbie-Cams,” to the helmets of their patrol officers in the vein of Paul Verhoeven’s dystopic 1987 film Robocop (Satter 2007), one is prompted to take a look back at the corpus of police surveillance devices suborned by modernity, that have in aggregate given way for what might be called the golden age of voyeurism.

To read the rest of this piece, visit: http://www.anonequity.org/weblog/archives/2007/10/wikisurveillance_a_genealogy_o.php
 
IDTrail Participating in International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
On the Identity Trail researchers and students will be participating in the 29th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Montreal on September 25-28.

Ian Kerr has organized a panel for the conference, titled "Ubiquitous Computing Dragon", to be held on Thursday, September 27th.  The session will explore leading Canadian and international thinking about the implications of Ubiquitous Computing by examining various themes and issues related to the “Internet of Things”.  Participating in the panel are Teresa Lunt (Manager, Computing Science Laboratory, PARC) and Dr. David J. Phillips (Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto).  Ian's presentation is titled "internet of things: … well then, why not people?".  On the Identity Trail's Stephanie Perrin will chair the session.

Jacquleyn Burkell
and Valerie Steeves will be participating in a panel titled “The Next Generation Dragon: Children’s Online Privacy.” Also participating in the panel is Leslie Regan Shade, Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University. This panel will challenge the assumption that young people don’t care about their online privacy. The panelists will discuss what we know about kids’ privacy attitudes and behaviours, and explore the ways in which kids actively seek to negotiate their own privacy in networked spaces.

Philippa Lawson will be chairing a session titled “Law Meets Technology Dragon: Data Mining.”  This session will focus on data mining practices in both the public and private sectors. Speakers will explain specific data mining practices and their implications for individual privacy.

Jane Bailey has been commissioned by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to prepare the official conference report.  On the Identity Trail students Katie Black, Jena McGill, Bridget McIlveen and Julie Shugarman are responsible for the conference notation. 

Click here for more information regarding the conference.
 
A Canadian Privacy Heritage Minute: Surveillance, Discipline, and Nursing Education
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
a blog*on*nymity ID TRAIL MIX by James Wishart

In this particular historical moment of fetishized “security” and state-sponsored surveillance carried out “for our own good,” it is tempting for some of us to think that we are reaching some low point in the history of privacy, where new technologies already allow the deployment of an Orwellian omniscience by states and corporations. This may indeed be so, but some research I did some years ago on the history of nursing education (of all things) has inclined me (a privacy advocacy neophyte) to wonder if the drive for total surveillance is neither novel nor dependent upon new technologies. In the spirit of Heritage Canada’s iconic television spots, I offer my own “Privacy Heritage Minute,” with all the skeletal theoretical framework, carefully-selected facts and simplistic moral that such an approach implies.

To read the rest of this piece, visit: http://www.anonequity.org/weblog/archives/2007/09/a_canadian_privacy_heritage_mi.php
 
On the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr Speaking at Access and Privacy Workshop
Monday, 24 September 2007
pearson_ed_2_ianOn the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr will be speaking at the Access and Privacy Workshop 2007 on October 3rd in Toronto.  The workshop focuses on many of the access and privacy issues facing the broader public sector today and provides practical guidance and tools on how they can be successfully addressed.  Ian's presentation is titled "Emanations, Snoop Dogs and Reasonable Expectations of Privacy."

Click here for more information.
 
On the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr to Give Keynote Address at Health Information Privacy Day
Monday, 24 September 2007
kerrOn the Identity Trail's Ian Kerr will be giving the keynote address at the Health Information Privacy Day in Toronto on September 24th.  The workshop, which is devoted to privacy issues in the context of emerging health information technology, is being presented in the lead up to the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.

Ian's keynote presentation, titled "Minding the Machines", will explore the future of privacy and autonomy in the coming era of human-machine mergers. Focusing on emerging health technologies in the fields of sensor networks, neuroscience and nanotechnology, Ian will describe the shifting goals of medicine and its implications for patients and health administrators. Will a 'transhumanist' model of health prevail and what will it mean for privacy?

Click here for more information.
 
The Wrong Kind of Privacy
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
a blog*on*nymity ID TRAIL MIX by Julie Shugarman

I recently received news that my friend Kelly was found dead in her single room occupancy [1] hotel in Vancouver, several days after she had died. [2]

I knew Kelly as a great force working to improve the lives of street level sex workers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Feeling far away and alone in my grief, I googled her to see whether anything had been written about her death. To my surprise, I found a handful of references to her (full name included) as a participant in a free heroin trial program, and identifying her as a woman living out of a shopping cart in Canada’s poorest postal code. I was frustrated and angry that this one-dimensional sketch of Kelly, involving incredibly private details about her life, was so accessible. My first instinct was to wonder whether she had consented to having her name published in these articles. But then a different, and rather more pressing set of questions struck me.

To read the rest of this piece, visit: http://www.anonequity.org/weblog/archives/2007/09/no_doors_to_close.php
 
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