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Privacy perceptions and public access space: a policy-informed neighbourhood ethnography

Date & Time:
12:30:00 - 14:00:00,
Wednesday 17 March, 2004


I will report on the Everyday Internet research project, a qualitative investigation of internet use in a socially / culturally / economically diverse downtown neighbourhood of Toronto. This interdisciplinary study is informed by contemporary information policy debates over privacy protection and universal accessibility.

The talk will highlight the complex interplay of these issues and offer policy suggestions. It will conclude by sketching future research directions involving a Canada-wide set of related case studies that are part of the recently launched Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN).

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  • Name: Professor Andrew Clement
  • Affiliation: Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
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  • Bio: Andrew Clement is a Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where he coordinates the Information Policy Research Program. I also hold a cross-appointment (status-only) in the Department of Computer Science, from where he received his PhD in 1986. His research and teaching and consulting interests are in the social implications of information technology and human-centred systems development. He has written papers and co-edited books in such areas as: computer supported cooperative work; participatory design; workplace surveillance; privacy; women, work and computerization; end user computing; and the ‘information society’ more generally.