(Un)Lawful Access: Vancouver Premiere & Panel Discussion

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I’ll be presenting at a panel discussion on Canada’s forthcoming lawful access legislation this Thursday, January 12. It looks to be a terrific panel, and includes British Columbia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, the BBCLA’s policy director, Michael Vonn, the producer of the documentary (Un)Lawful Access, Dr. Kate Milberry, and myself. Andrew Clement, professor at the University of Toronto and co-producer of (Un)Lawful Access will be moderating. In addition to a panel discussion, Drs. Milberry and Clement will be showing their documentary, (Un)Lawful Access, and the BCCLA will be revealing their report on lawful access. I’ve contributed research to the report, with my focus being on how lawful access powers are taken up and used by governments and authorities in the US and UK.

It should be a terrific event. If you’re in the area I highly recommend attending. Information is available at the event’s Facebook page and below:

Event Details

Do you think the Internet is a powerful tool for change?

The Conservative government is trying to push through a set of electronic surveillance laws that will invade your privacy and cost you money. The plan is to force every phone and Internet provider to allow “authorities” to collect the private information of any Canadian, at any time, without a warrant.

Find out more THIS THURSDAY at 6:30 PM.

SCREENING:

The Vancouver premiere of (Un)Lawful Access, a mini-documentary about the Conservative government’s proposed online spying legislation, and what Canadian experts have to say about it.

PANEL DISCUSSION:

  • Elizabeth Denham, BC Privacy Commissioner
  • Micheal Vonn, Policy Director of the BCCLA
  • Christopher Parsons, University of Victoria
  • Dr. Kate Milberry, producer of (Un)Lawful Access
  • Andrew Clement, producer of (Un)Lawful Access (moderator)

Panelists will discuss the serious implications of Lawful Access and what we can do about it.

REPORT LAUNCH:

This event is also the launch of the BC Civil Liberties Association’s much-anticipated report – Moving Toward a Surveillance Society: Proposals to Expand “Lawful Access” – the most comprehensive to date. Co-authors Micheal Vonn and Christopher Parsons will be present to answer your questions.

Location: W2 Media Cafe, 111 West Hastings St.
DOORS: 6:30 PM
CASH BAR/REFRESHMENTS
ADMISSION: By donation (suggested $5-10)*

Send a message to the government at: http://stopspying.ca/

Hosted by OpenMedia.ca and W2 (http://creativetechnology.org/)

*OpenMedia.ca Allies enter free! See http://openmedia.ca/allies for more info on the Allies program.

Christopher Parsons

I’m a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Citizen Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a Principal at Block G Privacy and Security Consulting. My research interests focus on how privacy (particularly informational privacy, expressive privacy and accessibility privacy) is affected by digitally mediated surveillance and the normative implications that such surveillance has in (and on) contemporary Western political systems. I’m currently attending to a particular set of technologies that facilitate digitally mediated surveillance, including Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), behavioral advertising, and mobile device security. I try to think through how these technologies influence citizens in their decisions to openly express themselves or to engage in self-censoring behavior on a regular basis.