Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa
Stream 1 - nature and value of identity, anonymity and authentication
Stream 2 - constitutional and legal aspects of anonymity
Valerie Steeves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Criminology at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. Her main
area of research is human rights and technology issues.
Professor Steeves has written and spoken extensively on privacy from a
human rights perspective, and is an active participant in the privacy
policy making process in Canada. In 1997, as a Special Advisor to the
House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Rights, she organized and
facilitated a series of public consultations exploring the meaning of
privacy as a human right, and was one of the principal drafters of the
Committee's report, Where Do we Draw the Line? She has appeared as an
expert witness before a number of Parliamentary Committees regarding
privacy legislation, and was a Special Advisor to Senator Finestone
with respect to the Privacy Rights Charter. She is currently a member
of the Canadian Standards Association's Technical Committee on Privacy
and the Chair of the National Privacy Coalition.
is the author of a number of award-winning educational games designed
to teach children how to protect their human rights in cyberspace. Her
multi-media game Sense and NonSense won the Canadian Race Relations
Foundation's Award of Excellence in Race Relations Education and her
interactive cyberplay about online privacy is used by Girl Guides
across the country in the You Go Girl in Technology badge program.
In 2004, Professor Steeves she was awarded the Labelle Lectureship at
McMaster University. The Labelle is a juried prize that recognizes
scholars engaged in multi-disciplinary research who are challenging
existing methods or accepted ideas.
Read our interview with Valerie Steeves
Doors: Strategies for Drafting Privacy Policies Kids Can Understand
(co-authored with Jacquelyn Burkell and Anca Micheti)
Young Canadians in a Wired World - Phase II, Student Survey, November 2005
"Virtual playgrounds and buddybots: a data-minefield for tinys & tweeneys," Panopticon,
The 15th Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy, Keeping
an Eye on the Panopticon: Workshop on Vanishing Anonymity, Seattle, April 12, 2005. (with Ian Kerr)
Virtual playgrounds and buddybots: a data-minefield for tinys & tweeneys
Expectations of Privacy: Sociological Perspectives" presented at “A
Reasonable Expectation of Privacy? You be the Judge!”, Workshop
presented at the Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference, Montréal, May 1, 2007.
Better, Not Worse: Data Protection and Health Research" presented at
the Electronic Health Information and Privacy Conference, Ottawa,
November 13, 2006.
the Frequency, Kenneth? Radio Frequency Identifications and the Future
of Humanism." Public discussion organized by the Sheldon Chumir
Foundation and the Dalhousie University Privacy and Security Lab,
Halifax, October 23, 2006. (with Jacquelyn Burkell and Ian Kerr)
“Operational Security Standard: Management of Information Technology Security from a Privacy Perspective” (Keynote address), National Information System Security Officers Conference, Directorate of Information Management and Security, Department of National Defence, Cornwall, May 2006.
“Popular Culture and Surveillance: Understanding Representations of Surveillance on Film” presented at Crime, Justice and Surveillance Conference, Centre for Criminological Research, Sheffield University, U.K., April 2006.
“Security, Everyday Practices and Representations in Popular Culture” presented at Privacy and Networks Workshop, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, France, April 3, 2006.
“Borders, Risk and the New Conformity” presented at Risk, Threat, and the New Normal: An Interdisciplinary Conference on National Security, National Security Working Group, University of Ottawa, March 2006.
and Security: The Case for Privacy as a Human Right”(Keynote address),
Canadian Access and Privacy Association, Ottawa, November, 2005.
Policies on Kids’ Favourite Web Sites,” presented at the 6th Annual
Privacy and Security Workshop, Privacy and Security: Disclosure,
University of Toronto on November 3, 2005. (with Jacquelyn Burkell)
Will changes in data health privacy legislation kill research as we know it? presented at the 2004 Annual Labelle Lectureship, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, October 20, 2004.
Data Protection and Human Rights” (Keynote address), Department of
Fisheries and Oceans Access to Information and Privacy Conference,
Cornwall, October 2005.
“Tensions Between Human Rights and
Data Protection Conceptions of Privacy”, presented at the World Summit
of the Information Society Thematic Meeting on Cybersecurity, Geneva,
Switzerland, July 2005.
.:id trail mix:.
Getting Naked – Tennis, the Hijab and the Struggle for Equality
Here’s to the Stupid Users: Notes from the WSIS Working Group Meeting on Cybersecurity
You Want Privacy? Get a Shredder