Openness Under Surveillance: Balancing Transparency and Privacy Measures

12:00 - 13:20
Room 208, Shaw Centre

Fighting for transparency and protecting privacy are two sides of the same coin - both principles seek to prevent corruption, strengthen security, promote freedom of expression, strengthen democracy and construct solid democratic institutions that have the interests of their citizens at heart. However, the way governments and private companies are increasing the use of data-driven technologies that collect and use data about individuals in secretive, highly controversial ways is creating suspicion and unease. Recent stories that uncovered how personal data has been misused, including ways in which government and corporate surveillance are violating human rights and threatening civic space, have further tipped the scale in favour of restricting access to information. With transparency measures being rolled back due to privacy-related challenges in a number of contexts, these are serious threats to the idea that openness can help advance social progress. This session will focus on discussing tactics to avoid back peddling on important strides in open government reforms while thinking of new and innovative ways that open, ethical and accountable governance of data can help safeguard the privacy and security of citizens.

Theme: Open track

Livestream: No

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: Open Data Charter (ODC), SocialTIC

Languages available: English, French

Event type: Workshop

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