Digital Rights: Privacy, Identity, and Freedom

Room 112 Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa

Digital citizenship today involves constant connectivity and interacting with others in new and dynamic ways. Yet, mass surveillance and state cyber-policing—including signals intelligence operations— are expanding and companies, like governments, are increasingly deploying digital technologies to monitor people’s the activities and preferences in increasingly sophisticated ways, creating policies or products based on digital identities and profiles. This session will explore how these existing and emerging information practices—pursued both by the public and private sectors—impact on full and dynamic digital citizenship and the rights, privileges, and obligations it entails—such as citizen’s freedom to seek and receive information to stay informed or to speak freely and interact with others. Also explored are ideas to resist, regulate, counter, or render more transparent these practices, and any tradeoffs or rights and interests that must be balanced in doing so.

Lead Discussants:

Moderator: Dr. Jon Penney, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University


For the first half hour, 2-3 experts and session leads will outline key issues and knowledge gaps and identify a number of key issues to be discussed. Afterwards, the room will break into smaller groups for facilitated discussions about the various key issues before re-convening as a whole to exchange ideas.

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This Canada 150: Conneted Canada conference was supported by a Canada 150 Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


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