Who's Watching Whom? Michael Geist Examines Internet Privacy and Surveillance.

One of the most talked about  technology tradeoffs today is the question of how much privacy we give up to live in a world of convenience, speed and intelligence. We're now less anonymous than many people are aware of or comfortable with, and headline-grabbing stories like the Heartbleed Bug don't provide much reassurance for those of us seeking comfort around data privacy. How can we balance our need for anonymity with the incredible benefits of our connected world? This month, we're hosting world class Internet privacy expert Michael Geist to help us understand which current surveillance and privacy issues should be on your mind. 

May we present to you our esteemed speaker:

Michael Geist
michaelgeist.ca
Follow him on Twitter @mgeist

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.  Dr. Geist is an internationally syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen.  Dr. Geist is the editor of From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010) and In the Public Interest:  The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005), both published by Irwin Law, the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. 

Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including the CANARIE Board of Directors, the Canadian Legal Information Institute Board of Directors, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Expert Advisory Board, the Electronic Frontier Foundation Advisory Board, and on the Information Program Sub-Board of the Open Society Institute. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008, Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada and he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2003.  In 2010, Managing Intellectual Property named him on the 50 most influential people on intellectual property in the world. 


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  • Clare H.

    3 · June 6, 2014

  • Stan N.

    PBS's Frontline just ran a two-part documentary about the US government's domestic spying program. It's pretty good background material, especially Part 2, which focuses on the role of social media companies. The entire video is available for streaming - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/united-states-of-secrets/

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Caroline M.

    Michael's presentation is now available on our YouTube channel, please enjoy and share! http://ow.ly/x97NE

    May 22, 2014

  • Mitchelle D.

    i would like to join and I see one spot left but I can't register. :(

    May 20, 2014

    • Caroline M.

      Hi Mitchelle, I assume what happened is that as someone changed their rsvp to no that at the same time someone was in the process of registering yes, so Meetup couldn't process both requests. At least that is my unvalidated thought on it. We'll be posting Michael Geist's presentation on our YouTube channel and will notify everyone when we do!

      May 21, 2014

  • Clare H.

    Fantastic subject and superb speaker. Kudos!

    3 · May 20, 2014

    • Caroline M.

      Thanks, Clare! Was wonderful to have you out and wish we had longer to chat!

      May 21, 2014

  • Siobhan H.

    Great speaker, good space, and well organized. Everything I look for in an event. Really enjoyed it, thanks to the organizers and of course Michael Geist for and interesting evening!

    4 · May 21, 2014

    • Caroline M.

      Thanks for your comment, Siobhan. Happy to hear you enjoyed it and appreciate your kind words.

      1 · May 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was awesome! Only complaint is that we couldn't keep talking for longer!

    3 · May 21, 2014

    • Caroline M.

      Michael Geist is such an expert on the topic of internet privacy and surveillance, among e-comm and copyright law, I think we could all enjoy countless hours learning from him!

      May 21, 2014

  • Caroline M.

    For those of you looking to learn more about Mozilla's Lightbeam from Karen's presentation on it yesterday, please check out: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/lightbeam/

    May 21, 2014

  • Marnie L.

    GirlGeeks interested in the topic presented by our excellent speaker last night would enjoy: the Munk Debate from May 2, 2014
    http://www.munkdebates.com/debates/state-surveillance;

    ACM May 2014 cover story "The NSA and Snowden";
    and MIT Technology Review May/June 2014 - Spies, Technology, and Business and The Limits of Social Engineering. Thank You Caroline and crew for another scintillating evening! Thank You Michael for your thoughtful overview of the emerging legislation and trends and the associated risks of inertia without conscious consideration and advocacy.

    1 · May 21, 2014

    • Caroline M.

      Bookmarking these debates to watch! Thanks for posting them, Marnie. And thanks for your kinds words. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

      May 21, 2014

  • Lanny

    I an interesting follow-up to Michael's talk is this article in the Huffington Post:
    Ottawa Is Spying On Us Without Warrants And It's Time To Get Mad
    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/michael-bolen/canada-spying-warrants-get-mad_b_5366782.html

    3 · May 21, 2014

    • Caroline M.

      Great call to action to reach out to your MP and Stephen Harper requesting changes to Bill C-13. Thanks for sharing, Lanny.

      May 21, 2014

  • Shaadi

    Hi Caroline. I'm not going to be able to attend due to work. I'm really sorry. Was looking forward to this. Please pass my ticket to anyone still interested. Hope to attend next event.

    May 20, 2014

  • Ania

    Hey Caroline,
    Will the venue be very packed? Is it possible for me to bring my folding bike inside? It folds to very small :).

    May 20, 2014

    • Caroline M.

      Hi Ania, yes the venue will be pretty full. I'd recommend bringing a lock with you to lock it up outside should there not be a place for it inside.

      May 20, 2014

  • Jonah G.

    I just noticed the meetup is full. Can I still register?

    May 20, 2014

    • Tania S.

      Hi Caroline, I won't be able to attend, so please pass my ticket to Johan

      May 20, 2014

    • Tania S.

      Jonah, sorry

      May 20, 2014

  • Caroline M.

    We're excited for the Michael Geist event which is less than a week away! Due to space restrictions, if we sell out online we will not be able to offer tickets at the door. With only 8 spots left if you were thinking about going you better save your spot now before its too late. See you all next week!

    May 14, 2014

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