Who Owns our Secrets?

  • April 3, 2014
  • 7:00 pm
  • Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library

The Orwellian idea that “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself,” rings uncomfortably true in a world of NSA spying and CSEC metadata collection. As Canadians we hold the rights to privacy and to freedom of speech in high regard but how do we negotiate those rights when we no longer own our own “secrets”? When surveillance is so ubiquitous we’ve lost the power to recognize when and where it begins or ends?

Delve into the growing, shadowy zone between public and private—from state security to commercial marketing—to investigate “Who Owns our Secrets?” A conversation with former CSIS Assistant Director Ray Boisvert, internet law pioneer Michael Geist, world-renowned surveillance scholar David Lyon and BC Civil Liberties Association Policy Director Micheal Vonn, moderated by CBC Radio host Brent Bambury (Day 6).

  • Free



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