Insights on Privacy - David Murakami Wood and Craig Forcese

June 2011

On June 23, 2011, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner held the fourth Insights on Privacy armchair discussion. We heard in April about opportunities for privacy in the design of intimate devices that we share our lives with every day, like smart phones, and the sensor-rich landscape that's upon us.

Insights on Privacy - David Murakami Wood and Craig Forcese


To complement this talk, we've invited David Murakami Wood and Craig Forcese to examine the privacy risks in a society that is placing its citizens under greater surveillance with each passing year.

David Murakami Wood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Surveillance Studies. Until August 2009, he was Reader in Surveillance Studies in the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University in the UK. He had an ESRC Research Fellowship for a project called Cultures of Urban Surveillance, which looked at the globalization of surveillance in different global cities. David is a member of The Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's and is part of The New Transparency research initiative. He is also Managing Editor of Surveillance & Society, the international journal of surveillance studies, and a founder-member of the Surveillance Studies Network.

Craig Forcese, LL.M, has been an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa since 2003. Previously, he practiced international trade law with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in Washington D.C., representing clients in proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Trade Representative, and the World Trade Organization. He also served as a law clerk for Mr. Justice Andrew MacKay at the Federal Court of Canada. Craig is the author of a number of books on law and national security, and a frequent blogger.

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