P2P Symposium

About

The Pathways to Privacy Research Symposium initiative was established by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) to increase awareness of the outcomes of privacy research and knowledge translation projects in Canada.

The initiative encourages and supports the creation of symposium events that showcase projects funded by the OPC’s Contributions Program and other relevant funders. The events are designed to facilitate a dialogue between the people who do privacy research and those who apply it, so that more people can use and benefit from this work. They also provide stakeholders with an interest in privacy promotion and protection with the opportunity to network and build partnerships.

It is designed to generate privacy awareness and discussion by bringing together a wide variety of potential end-users, including academia, government, private sector, parliamentarians, non-profit organizations and privacy regulators.

The 2015 Symposium will take place on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at University of Ottawa, in Tabaret Hall.

Theme: A Return to First Principles for Privacy at the Cutting-Edge

As technology and the sciences continue to advance, it becomes ever more challenging to ensure that privacy for all Canadians is valued and protected. The proliferation of neural networks, online fora and genetic linkages combining with complex international systems, shifting social norms and changing political climates pull us further and further away from the first principles which privacy is intended to embody and to which privacy is intended to give meaning.

A Return to First Principles for Privacy at the Cutting-Edge seeks to return to those first principles, notably: dignity, autonomy, respect for persons and democratic participation. Rather than discuss those first principles in the abstract, the symposium speakers will link these first principles to what is, and what will be, taking place at the forefront of technology, science and society.

Organizing Committee

Chair: Madelaine Saginur, Centre for Law, Technology and Society, University of Ottawa
David Fewer, Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, University of Ottawa
Tamir Israel, Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, University of Ottawa
Yann Joly, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University
Bartha Maria Knoppers, Centre of Genomics and Policy, Mcgill University
John Lawford, Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Teresa Scassa, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa 
Geoffrey White, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

With the Collaboration of:
Michael Geist, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa 
Mistrale Goudreau, Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section), University of Ottawa 
Ian Kerr, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa

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