March 9, 2013
The Threads of Democracy
Vonn to give
free lecture March 19
Released by Anne Russell, UFV
blurring of our public and private lives in the internet age is a hot topic
of discussion. Where do government's actions end and the rights of
How do you even define privacy in today's technologically driven and
globalized world? And furthermore what does the trend to eroding privacy
mean for democracy?
Micheal Vonn, policy director at the BC Civil Liberties Association, will be
at UFV's Abbotsford campus on Tues, March 18, at 1 pm to explore some
of these key civil rights and privacy issues. The talk will be in the
lecture theatre, room 101 in B Building.
Ms. Vonn is a lawyer and has been the policy director of the BCCLA since
2004. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of British
Columbia (UBC) in the Faculty of Law and in the School of Library, Archival
and Information Studies where she taught civil liberties and information
Ms. Vonn is a frequent commentator on a variety of civil liberties topics
including privacy, national security, policing, surveillance and free
Commentators both on the pro-privacy side of the discussion and pro-sharing
side, are calling for privacy to be redefined to keep pace with rapid
Not only is personal information the daily fuel of the internet, the vast
daily data capture of citizen's lives is set to expand further with more and
more technological advances like new 'smart' cards. How much private
information does or could a government access and for what purpose?
The BC Civil Liberties Association works to address "how laws or policies
may infringe on civil liberties, and provide recommendations to protect
fundamental rights and freedoms." The association states that "informed and
vigilant citizens are the key to protecting fundamental rights and freedoms.
This free talk will help to inform round key issues of citizen's rights. The
lecture is open to students, faculty and staff, alumni, and members of the
The speaker is brought to UFV by the Library and Information Technology
For more information visit
www.ufv.ca/libit or contact Christina Neigel via e-mal
here or call 604-854-4558.
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