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AML Conference at Ryerson

October 18th, 2014


Understanding Media Now: Navigating Surveillance, Social Media and Marketing


The Association for Media Literacy (Ontario) will hold a one-day conference at the Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto on Saturday, October 18, 2014. 

Included in our speaker lineup: Annie Kidder, People for Education and Ron Deibert, author of Black Code and Director of The Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Get your Early Bird Ticket today.


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Panel discussion and the impact of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation

May 28th, 2014


The Law & Business Alumni Association at Ryerson University invites you to a panel discussion on how organizations should prepare themselves for the coming Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which comes into effect on July 1st, 2014. From corporations to non-profits to alumni and student groups, CASL impacts the way each and every one of us does business online.


When: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Registration and Light Refreshments: 6-6:30pm

Panel: 6:30-8pm

Where: Ted Rogers School of Management, Cara Commons Room (55 Dundas West, 7th floor)


Speakers Include:

  • Wally Hill, Senior Vice President, Government & Consumer Affairs, Canadian Marketing Association
  • Matthew Vernhout, Chief Privacy Officer & Manager of Deliverability, Inbox Marketer
  • Colin Rogers, Senior Manager, Privacy and Confidentiality, Deloitte


Find out how your organization can prepare itself for the biggest change to electronic communications in Canada in recent years.

Admission to the talk is free, however advance registration is required. To register, please visit




March 20-21, 2014


Pathways to Privacy helpinf canadians find pathways to privacy fair March 20-21, 2014 Canadian Civil Liberties association CIPPIC Ryerson Unversity University of Sherbrooke University of Toronto

Public Panel Discussion & Privacy Fair

March 20, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Venue TBA

Pathways to Privacy Symposium: Helping Canadians Find Pathways to Privacy

March 21, 2014 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Faculty Club, University of Toronto
41 Willcocks Street, Toronto ON

Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has been awarded funding by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) to organize and host the second Pathways to Privacy Research Symposium in Toronto. The Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute, Ryerson University, partnered up with CCLA to help in organization of this event, alongside with the University of Toronto, Sherbrooke University, and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC).

Entitled “Helping Canadians Find Pathways to Privacy,” this symposium will on recent research conducted under the OPC’s Contributions Program, and will provide a forum for academic researchers, civil society and public interest groups, and individuals to discuss privacy research results in the private sector and their relevance for Canadians. Sessions are open to the public. We will record and broadcast sessions via a live webcast to ensure greater accessibility. The event materials and sessions will also be available in both English and French.

Register for the symposium today! Click here for a full schedule, and to sign up.




January 28th, 2014


We were delighted to host a presentation and discussion with Anthony Di Iorio, Executive Director of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada, on International Data Privacy Day, January 28th.

Anthony Di Iorio is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the Bitcoin Wallet system Kryptokit. He is also the Executive Director & Board member of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada (BAC), founder of the Toronto Bitcoin Meetup, and founder of Bitcoin Decentral, a 5500 square foot co-working space for Bitcoin in Toronto, Canada.

The presentation slides from Anthony Di Iorio's talk can be accessed via this link.

The opening remarks for the event were made by Mugino Saeki, Information Systems Security Officer at Ryerson University.

The lead writer and co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine, Vitalik Buterin, attended as well, and gave an interesting presentation about some technical aspects of Bitcoin. You can look at the slides from his talk here.

Anthoni Di Iorio and Vitalik Buterin at the Data Privacy Day event at Ted Rogers School of Management

On the picture above: Anthoni Di Iorio and Vitalik Buterin at the Data Privacy Day event at Ted Rogers School of Management.




December 3, 2013


Researchers at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, in collaboration with privacy advocates at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, flew a sign bearing drone near the Toronto Eaton’s Centre to draw attention to the widespread illegal video surveillance of public places.

The quadcopter drone carried a bright yellow sign reading ILLEGAL CAMERA and positioned it directly in front of an offending camera. The four-sided sign intended to simultaneously alert the surveillance operators that their installation is not compliant with Canadian privacy standards, while symbolically protecting both passersby and the surveillance operators from the illegal capture of personal information.

Prof. Andrew Clement, a surveillance researcher at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, notes that Canadian privacy law requires video surveillance operators to properly inform the people they capture on camera about what they doing with their images. Our research shows clearly that almost no company does this, as most don’t even put up a sign. “Sadly, just pointing out to companies that they’re breaking the law is not enough to get them to reform. I hope that this stunt will encourage surveillance operators to take their legal responsibilities more seriously.”

Prof. Avner Levin, Chair, Law & Business Department, Ted Rogers School of Management and Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute at Ryerson University, stated “Our drone calls the attention of Canadians - and our privacy commissioners - to this long-abused yet easily-corrected surveillance practice. We should not have to tolerate the violation of the law any further.”

Sukanya Pillay, Acting Executive Director and Interim General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, noted that our civil liberties, as well as the laws intended to protect them are vital, but can’t be taken for granted. “When organizations, whether public or private, routinely flout privacy laws, all our liberties are at greater risk.”

The Network-Centric Applied Research Team (N-CART) of the Department of Computer Science at Ryerson University supported the event in order to expand the debate on the use of UAVs and the broader context of surveillance for reasons of public safety. Prof. Alex Ferworn noted that, "New technologies for surveillance have outpaced our society's ability to create public policy for their governance. Our UAV surveils a CCTV camera which surveils our UAV -- There are no effective rules for either activity".

The drone was flown by Chris Kong and Jimmy Tran of N-CART.

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