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Big Ideas Lecture Series: Privacy by Design in an Era of Artificial Intelligence

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Big Ideas Poster - May 9

Speaker: Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University

Dr. Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Appointed as the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario in 1997, Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as Commissioner. During that time, she elevated the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner from a novice regulatory body to a first-class agency, known around the world for its cutting edge innovation and leadership. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In October 2010, regulators at the International Conference of Data Protection Authorities and Privacy Commissioners unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an essential component of fundamental privacy protection. This was followed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s inclusion of Privacy by Design as one of three recommended practices for protecting online privacy – a major validation of its significance.

Dr. Cavoukian’s expertise has been recognized in many ways. She was ranked among the top 25 Women of Influence, recognizing her contribution to the Canadian and global economy; named one of the top 100 City Innovators Worldwide by UBM Future Cities for her passionate advocacy of Privacy by Design; chosen as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business magazine for her tireless efforts as a privacy champion; awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph; selected for Maclean’s Magazines ‘Power List’ of the top 50 Canadians; picked as one of the top 10 women in data security, compliance, and privacy you should follow on Twitter; recognized as a Founder of Canada’s Digital Economy at IdentityNorth 2016; named as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity, 2017; and most recently, Dr. Cavoukian was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global.

Topic: Privacy by Design in an Era of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to amazing discoveries and efficiencies, but it cannot be at the expense of privacy. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be – we can have both artificial intelligence and privacy, as long as we proactively embed privacy into the design of AI, in an effort to avoid the harms. The seven Foundational Principles of Privacy by Design create the path forward to a world in which privacy and technology can not only co-exist but can be enhanced. Ridding ourselves of zero-sum paradigms will be an essential component of building doubly-enabling systems.

This event is free to attend and does not require advanced registration. If you have any questions, please contact researchinstitute@michener.ca



May 9
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Research Institute of Health Care Education


The Michener Institute, St. Patrick Campus – Auditorium
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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