FIPA is telling stories related to freedom of information and privacy in a new way. Data Subjects is a podcast that explores the challenges and successes of being a digital citizen.

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Information Laundering

As we learned in the first episode of the podcast, BC’s Freedom of Information laws were created in order to ensure that public records belong to the public, which is a fundamental principle to our democracy.

Citizens in a democratic nation must have a right of access to information about their government in order to make informed choices. But prior to 1992, we didn’t have these rights in BC. And now, we’re at risk of losing them again due to something called information laundering.

The History

The first two episodes of Data Subjects looks at the history of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. In the nearly 30 years since the Act was passed, much has changed in the information and privacy landscape.

You’ll hear from FIPA’s co-founder and first executive director, Darrell Evans; co-founder and second Information and Privacy Commissioner, David Loukidelis; Colin Gableman, the Attorney General that introduced the legislation; Barry Jones, the MLA who pushed for the Act in the legislature; Rob Botterell, the chief bureaucrat drafting the legislation; Murray Rankin, the special adviser to the Attorney General; Vaughn Palmer, the Vancouver Sun’s political columnist; Michael McEvoy, the current Information and Privacy Commissioner; Glen Clark, former BC Premier; Alexandra Wieland, information and privacy archivist at SFU; and more.

Policing Info World

In this special edition episode of our Data Subjects podcast, we revisit our Policing Info World conference. On May 23, 2019, we co-hosted a conference that explored the data behind crime, law enforcement, and surveillance. Along with department of criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the BC Civil Liberties Association, we heard from experts in law enforcement, academia, and the legal profession. As this was a full-day conference, this episode is very long. This conference wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our sponsors: CUPE BC, News Media Canada, and Web exPress.

Show Notes

00:02:15 Opening Remarks
00:07:49 Panel 1: Data and New
Surveillance Modes and
00:08:17 Moderator: Mike Larsen
(Professor and Co-Chair,
Department of Criminology,
Kwantlen Polytechnic
University, FIPA
00:10:00 Michelle Davey
Investigative Support Services,
Vancouver Department)
00:28:00 Dr. Wade Deisman (Associate
Dean, Faculty of Arts, Kwantlen
Polytechnic University)
00:50:10 Josh Paterson (Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association)
01:08:38 Questions
01:46:00 Panel 2: Data and Predictive
01:46:30 Moderator: Dr. Carroll Boydell
(Instructor,Department of
Criminology, Kwantlen
Polytechnic University)
01:48:02 Ryan Prox (S/Constable, Crime
Analytics Advisory &
Development Unit, Vancouver
Police Department)
01:48:27 Mike Larsen (Professor,
Department of Criminology,
Kwantlen Polytechnic
02:13:00 Panel 3: Data and Bias-Free
02:13:16 Moderator: Sara Neuert
(Executive Director, BC Freedom
of Information and Privacy
02:14:43 Dylan Mazur (Community Lawyer,
BC Civil Liberties Association)
02:31:36 Michelle A. Cameron (Advisor /
Investigator, the University of
British Columbia)
02:40:01 Questions
03:27:09 Panel 4: Data and the Border
03:27:24 Moderator: Mark Hosak (Director
of Community Engagement, BC
Civil Association)
03:29:19 Peter Edelmann (Immigration
Lawyer, Edelmann and Company
Law Offices)
03:58:41 Meghan McDermott (Staff
Counsel, BC Civil Liberties
04:27:26 Questions