In a keynote address at the IAPP 2015 Canada Privacy Symposium, Frank Work, privacy consultant and former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, tackles the past 35 years of privacy and its evolution from his perspective. "I'm not going to declare it dead, but I would like to leave you with an understanding of the social forces that I think shape any current view of privacy," Work said.
At the 2015 IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, President of Konnekt Digital Engagement Amber MacArthur highlights the past, present and future of the Internet of Things, discussing different industries' newest offerings and how they will influence the next generation. "Things again are growing at such an alarming pace," MacArthur said. "And at the end of the day, I think we all can do a lot in terms of getting better educated about how this technology is going to impact all of our lives."
Steve Mann, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Toronto and the "father of wearable computing," seen here in his closing keynote for the 2015 IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, touches on wearables, "the natural world and the technological world, and how these two worlds intertwine," and "priveillance," a concept that he defines as "concealment and watching and the balance and interplay between concealment and sight."
In an address at the 2015 IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2015, Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien discussed his first “trial by fire” year as commissioner, as well as his goals for privacy in the OPC. “The priority setting exercise began with a vision: to increase the control Canadians have over their personal information,” he said. “This is perhaps a lofty goal in the age of big data, but that is our overall goal.”
At the IAPP Asia Privacy Forum in Singapore, Google Legal Privacy Lead Keith Enright gave a closing keynote address that spoke to the opportunity facing Asia as it develops its privacy regulations. How can the region fuel tech innovation? By embracing privacy and using it as the underpinning for rapid technological development to bring new tools and services to the world at large. It is incumbent on Asian regulators, he argued, to work in concert with industry and consumers to finely tune the privacy dials so that companies can delight consumers with new and exciting products and consumers can feel confident in using them.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) filibustered for 11 hours in a show against the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act, completing his efforts on May 20. "I will not let the PATRIOT Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged," Rand said, calling for the president to end the law via executive order. For a playlist of the entire filibuster, click here.
At the 2014 IAPP Data Protection Congress in Brussels, journalist Jennifer Baker interviewed Max Schrems, the man behind the class-action lawsuit against Facebook in the EU and the case that may finally undo Safe Harbor in front of the European Court of Justice, on the keynote stage.
Irish Minister of State for Data Protection Dara Murphy addressed the IAPP's Data Protection Intensive in London, focusing on Ireland's role as the lead data protection authority to many of the world's largest digital companies and arguing against protectionism in the EU's data protection and digital policies. Will Ireland be able to staff an office capable of regulating the behemoths of the Internet Age? Murphy said it's his job to find a way.
This week, HBO's comedy-news program Last Week Tonight, hosted by John Oliver, tackled the topic of government surveillance, interviewing Edward Snowden from his location in Russia. This video is the entire 30-minute program. The Snowden interview starts around the 16-minute mark. And, fair warning: Oliver likes to swear a lot and use other language that might not be appropriate for the work environment (depending on where you work).
Harvard Berkman Fellow and Resilient Systems CTO Bruce Schneier believes we now live in a mass surveillance society of our own making, as we've traded the data that allows us to be constantly tracked in exchange for convenience and services. But, he argues, we don't have to. In his new book, Data and Goliath, he offers suggestions for reforming surveillance-based business models and the systems of government surveillance, and offers consumers ways to step outside surveillance culture.
In this video of a recent discussion at the Berkman Center, Schneier explores these themes with Berkman co-founder Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman co-director Yochai Benkler, former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government Joe Nye, Berkman Fellow Sara Watson and cyber security advisor Melissa Hathaway.