Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear?
Sep 10, 2015
Join the Debate on the Balance of Power in Canadian Privacy at GTEC 2015
OTTAWA, Ontario, Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Does the adage 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' ring true in a digital era where access to information is almost limitless, hackers create havoc and headlines, and the rules of engagement and accountability for privacy hang in the balance?
GTEC, Canada's internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating ICT leadership, innovation and impact in Canada's public sector, will address these and other critical privacy issues during the first Oxford-style Debate to be hosted as part of its flagship conference on October 20, 2015 in Ottawa.
With the expansion of information sharing within government introduced by Bill C-51, coupled with privacy breaches and exposure of confidential data resulting from cyber-attacks on retailers, banks, government, hospitals, and most recently Ashley Madison, the question of privacy in a digital world is rampant across the country. GTEC will bring this debate to its main stage, engaging recognized privacy authorities Ramona Pringle, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, Creative Director, Transmedia Zone, and contributor to CBC; and Jesse Hirsh, Broadcaster, Researcher, Public Speaker and Internet Strategist.
The debate will run the public policy gamut on this controversial issue. Ms. Pringle will argue the need for greater regulation and control in privacy legislation. Mr. Hirsh will present the merits of transparency and openness. The session will be moderated by the Honourable Peter Milliken, Former Speaker of the House of Commons and Special Advisor to Cunningham Swan Law Firm. GTEC delegates will have the opportunity to engage in the dialogue and contribute questions from the floor.
"As we usher in a technological revolution defined by the Internet of Things, social media, big data and analytics, it is critical to explore the implications through a privacy lens," said Michele Lajeunesse, Executive Director of GTEC. "Who has control over information that is gathered about our daily lives; how is it used; and what is the impact? This debate will bring privacy issues to the top of the public sector agenda, and equip GTEC conference delegates with diverse perspective and actionable recommendations."
"Privacy is a complex issue that impacts all Canadians, and one that warrants attention," said Ramona Pringle. "Privacy is not about secrecy and hiding, but dignity and freedom. The government must take concrete steps to protect these fundamental rights. We do not invite the public to sift through our drawers, purses and wallets. We must apply the same principles to privacy legislation and strengthen regulation to equip and empower citizens with greater control in all facets of life."
"One of the most important and often overlooked aspects of privacy is the potential for this issue to catalyze positive cultural change," said Jesse Hirsh. "In our increasingly interconnected and technology-driven world, privacy is just not always possible. We can leverage transparency and openness to facilitate greater compassion, tolerance and acceptance in our society. What does Canada's future hold if our best leaders are cast aside because of a post on social media? We must seize this opportunity for change."
The Oxford-style Debate, "If You Have Nothing to Hide, Then You Have Nothing to Fear" will take place on the GTEC 2015 Main Stage, on October 20 at 3:45pm at the Shaw Centre.
For additional information on GTEC, please visit: www.gtec.ca.
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