The countdown to Information Summit 2014 has begun, and more than a dozen excellent and expert speakers and panelists are gearing up for the event!
BC’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham will kick things off with a keynote address on recent developments in access and privacy, including how her office is forced to use 20th century laws to address the 21st century challenges of new technologies, surveillance, and digital record-keeping.
The opening panel, led by UBC iSchool professor Luanne Freund, features Open Data BC head Herb Lainchbury in a discussion about transparency and innovation with the Community Social Planning Council’s Monika Albert and BC Government’s David Hume. They will be followed by three lawyers who have done a lot of work on Freedom of Information law–Catherine Boies-Parker, Brent Olthuis, and John Tuck–digging through the entrails of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision about what governments can keep from releasing as policy advice.
After lunch, Carmen Chung, Senior Counsel from BC Civil Liberties, will take us through the latest in national security litigation; from BCCLA’s own lawsuit against the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), to an examination of how the mass surveillance programs of signals intelligence agencies are being challenged in courts around the world, asking, what are the next steps? Who is being targeted? And what can we do to rein in this unchecked surveillance?
Many of those national security lawsuits are based on the revelations of whistleblowers, particularly Edward Snowden. Our whistleblower panel, facilitated by Wilderness Committee Policy Director Gwen Barlee, includes prominent whistleblower Sylvie Therrien (a big hit at FIPA’s AGM earlier this year), Dermod Travis of Integrity BC, CTV journalist Jon Woodward, and Bradley Weldon from the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner’s office.
The day wraps up with what promises to be a lively discussion lead by BCCLA’s Policy Director Micheal Vonn. She will lead a panel of experts through the rise of data linkage, data mining and ID management programs, asking what legislative changes are needed to improve protections and clarify responsibilities under both public and private sector legislation. Panelists include Larry Kuehn, Cynthia Fraser, Dawn Wattie, and Rob Wipond.
We have a number of new and returning co-presenters, sponsors and community partners who help make all this happen. Check them out here.
Make sure you get your ticket soon, as the discounted early bird registration rate ends on September 2nd!
Information Summit 2014 takes place on Friday September 19, 2014
Venue: UBC Robson Square Theatre
Doors open at 8:30 am for registration
The Summit has been accredited as a Continuing Professional Development course by the Law Society of British Columbia.