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Red Deer: Sept Dinner Meeting: "Fighting The Creep Factor In Technology"
Tue, 09/11/2012
Event Location: 
(Red Deer, AB)



Red Deer: September Dinner Meeting 


Quality Inn North Hill, 7150 - 50 Avenue  Red Deer, Alberta 

Start Time

9/11/2012 6:00 PM 

End Time

9/11/2012 8:30 PM 

Fighting The Creep Factor In Technology

Dr. Thomas P. Keenan, University of Calgary

In a world where you can order a DNA test online, receive ads based on what just wrote in an email, and might have your implanted medical devices probed by hackers, the “creep factor” is becoming an important limitation on technology adoption. The “Girls Around Me” iPhone app recently aroused great controversy because it allowed people to gawk at the Facebook profiles of others in their vicinity. Yet the developers argued that they were merely combining data the users had already freely disclosed. Still, people found it very disturbing.

Governments are stampeding to liberate their data through the Open Government movement. Yet, a recent investigation found major privacy holes in every system studied, including NYC Open Data, OpenPhilly, and the European Open Data Challenge.) Now, the lawyers are getting involved with California's “right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people's business” before the courts. Open Data sounds great -- until you get a letter from a “property tax appeal company” that cites your exact tax assessment and those of your neighbors!

This presentation will give a fast-paced overview of things that make the hairs on our necks stand up and lay out some of the “dimensions of creepiness.” While eternal vigilance is required, there are ways to make technology that people can enjoy using, without nervously looking over their shoulders.


Dr. Tom Keenan, FCIPS, I.S.P., combines a deep computer science background with a lively appreciation of the legal and social issues that make technology so interesting. 

He was educated at Columbia University earning degrees in philosophy, mathematics, engineering and education. An information and travel junkie, he learned how to fly a plane in Alberta, defuse an IED in Afghanistan, and scrub in on a liver transplant in Belgium.

A frequent contributor to CBC Radio and Television, he writes a men’s health column for the Postmedia newspaper chain and is National Technology Correspondent for the Business Edge News Magazine. Tom is often quoted in business and trade publications, and has been a featured speaker at many industry and academic events. He serves on many boards including the ICTC Council of Canada and the SEEDS Foundation.

At the University of Calgary he has been a professor in several faculties, pioneering dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education, and founding director of the Shad Valley Program for gifted teenagers. He currently serves as Professor of Environmental Design, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, and Fellow of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. 

Member $35.00

Future member $40.00

Student member $20.00

Presentation only $10.00

(Prices do not include GST)

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