"Security Trumps Privacy" — Chat with Kelly Gotlieb, Computing Pioneer, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

This is the next interview in the continuing series of Computing Canada’s (CC) Blogged Down (BD) which is featured here “first” in the Canadian IT Managers (CIM) forum.

In this podcast, we talk with computing pioneer and CIPS Fellow (FCIPS), Calvin C. (Kelly) Gotlieb, C.M., M.A., PhD. (University of Toronto), D. Math. (Hon., University of Waterloo), D. Eng. (Hon., Technical University of Nova Scotia); Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the British Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Kelly Gotlieb is currently Professor Emeritus in Computer Science and in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto (UT). He is a computing pioneer, whose innovations and accomplishments helped lay the foundation of an entire worldwide industry, educational stream, and profession. His contributions are so profound and their impact so diverse and in so many areas that the lasting value cannot be comprehended. Have a look at this blog to find out more:

To listen to the interview, click on this MP3 file link

DISCUSSION: Kelly Gotlieb share his insights on the privacy issue

Interview Time Index (MM:SS) and Topic
00:49: Kelly Gotlieb talks about some of the issues arising in the early days of computing. "When computers came in everyone saw them as wonderful things, but like most technology after they have been established for awhile, you start to see some negative sides and the negative this time was concerning privacy of databanks......"
05:12: In the 1980's, the government of Canada passed the Privacy law and Freedom of Access of Information law. Kelly talks about a conference in the late 80's at Queens conducted on the Privacy of Records at which he was the keynote speaker.
"The lecture I gave was entitled 'Privacy a concept whose time has come and gone', which was completely counter to the theme of the problem. So it made for an interesting conference....."
06:32: Kelly speaks about modern day catastrophes affect on the privacy issue.
"I changed my theme from 'Privacy a concept whose time has come and gone', to 'Security trumps privacy everytime'......."
11:52: Kelly talks about the Privacy Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and laws on privacy on data collected by private companies. "How much does the public know about PIPEDA and I wonder if they feel more private....."
14:30: Kelly questions whether the public now values privacy less.
"Look at blogs now, how many people are putting up blogs where they display all kinds of information about themselves (including pictures). Surely that is an indication that privacy is a less valued concept and right....."
17:14: Balance required between technology and government.
"If the public doesn't make noises the politicians won't react....."

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Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P.


Comments (2)

  1. Kao says:

    I am surprised the two people mentioned in the interview don’t go into an open forum with Dr. Gotlieb. He does invite them.

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