This panel will be a discussion on privacy issues and how technology has made it simple to find out information about people and where they live. As the quality of geospatial data improves, either it be high resolution imagery or detailed data, are individual privacy rights being compromised in order for industry to increase profits by providing higher quality information? Or are privacy laws too restrictive and prohibitive to the free market economy. Find out what our panellists have to say on this issue.
The panel discussion will be held on May 6, 2008 at the Hilton Toscana Conference Centre starting at a new time this year: 12:45p.m.
Please submit your Hot Topic questions to email@example.com
for the panel to discuss.
Questions and discussion from the audience are encouraged.
Ken's presentation will focus on the privacy impacts and mitigation ideas to prevent, reduce or mitigate such impacts.
Ken received his law degree from the University of Western Ontario and a degree in business administration from the Ivey School at the University of Western Ontario. Ken also taught privacy law at the University of Ottawa law school for three years.
Mr. Bacharach joined the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc., in April 2000. He was a user of mapping data for many years as an Army officer, and then supervised terrain analysis and mapping production as a Topographic Officer before retiring in 1994. He spent 5 ½ years in industry and became convinced that open standards, specifically those from the OGC’s open consensus process, were a requirement for geospatial knowledge to ever make its way out of the basement (where the offices were usually located) to full integration with information and communication technology. He has managed several Test Beds for OGC and has presented on geospatial services and OGC in the U.S., Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe. He sees the creation of standards very much like surfing in that the effort has to match the wave pattern to be useful. A standard set before there is commercial viability will be out of date by the time business is realized and a standard that awaits business to be established is too late to gain wide acceptance. He represents OGC to the Digital Geospatial Information Working Group, and the Committee for European Normalization (CEN) Technical Committee 287.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science, Geography, from the University of Idaho.
Prior to joining MPAC, Andy was Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at AEC International. In the 1980’s, he served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Government House Leader in Manitoba and was responsible for the introduction of province-wide market value assessment reforms.
Andy is the former Chair and CEO of both the Manitoba Municipal Board and the Ontario Assessment Review Board. He has provided advice to governments and taxpayers respecting property assessment, taxation and legislative frameworks in Canada and internationally.
Andy is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Property Tax Assessment and Administration published by the International Property Tax Institute and the International Association of Assessing Officers, and co-editor of the annual consolidation of Ontario assessment legislation published by Canada Law Book.
Christopher is the General Manager, Web Services Division of First Base Solutions, a mapping, aerial imagery, 3D modelling and GIS services company, and which is also Google’s only geospatial partner in Canada (and third worldwide).
Christopher has over 30 years' experience in the web and information technologies. His past experience has included working with companies such as Honeywell and Ontario Hydro (now Hydro One). He also founded his own software publishing business in 1993 and built it into a $10 million operation by 1999, during which period the company won the 1996 Canada Export Award. He has an extensive background in high-tech marketing, product development and intellectual property licensing, and has brought a diversified range of technology products to market including 12 consumer software titles that made Top 20 Best Seller lists.
It is principally the private sector that is adapting the earth sciences and information (and web) technologies to enable the kinds of privacy threats being discussed. Christopher's participation may offer some unique perspectives and insights for consideration.