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Micheal Vonn on Public Lives: What Eroding Privacy Means for Democracy

UFV LIBIT department welcomes guest speaker Micheal Vonn
Tues, Mar 19
1 – 2:30 pm
B101, Lecture Theatre

The blurring and sometimes outright inversion of what we have traditionally understood as ‘private’ vs. ‘public’ has vast implications for citizens’ relationship to the state. Securitization and surveillance are increasingly making governmental actions secret and citizens’ lives transparent. Commentators, both pro-privacy and pro-“sharing”, are calling for privacy to be redefined and reconceptualised to keep pace with an increasingly technologically-driven and globalized world. Not only is “personal information the new ‘oil’ of the Internet”, the vast daily data capture of citizens’ lives due to the use of digital media is set to expand further with the advent of the Internet of Things and ‘smart’ systems of all varieties. Exactly how much of this information does or could a government (our government, the government of some other country) access and for what purposes? The technology, practices and relevant law are evolving rapidly. The virtually secret “perimeter security” agreement that expands Canada’s data “sharing” with the United States is occurring at the same time that the US reboots its Total Information Awareness Program and the National Security Agency builds a data centre designed to”intercept, decipher, analyse, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications”. The Wellcome Trust in the UK is promoting a plan to have the genome of everyone in the UK sequenced and stored on their electronic health record, while Wikileaks discloses secret cables in which Hilary Clinton directed embassy staff to surreptitiously collect DNA samples from foreign heads of state and senior UN officials (and wasn’t that an episode from the X-files…) This talk will discuss some of the key arenas in which citizens’ privacy rights are being eroded and the resistance to that erosion.

For more information about this event, contact christina.neigel@ufv.ca.

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Free Me: Human Slavery and Trafficking Awareness Event

Many are unaware that Human Trafficking happens within our own borders. Canada has been identified as a transit and destination country for human smuggling. The extent of this issue within our own borders is difficult to assess due to the reluctance of the victims to come forward but the truth about trafficked women and children in Canada is that it happens. The event will include a screening of the ground breaking documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression to Opportunities for Women” this documentary exposes the suffering of women around the world. The event will also include educational workshops and a catered lunch. We invite you to join our panel of experts in the discussion of Human Trafficking followed by a Q&A period. If you are interested in participating please contact the email below.


Saturday, April 6th
9 AM – 3 PM
UFV Abbotsford Campus, B101
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Professional Development Opportunity: Understanding Violence Potential in Youth

This course provides an introduction to the field of risk/threat assessment, intervention and violence prevention. You will gain relevant knowledge to assess individuals’ potential for violence with a primary focus on multi-sectoral approaches. Particular emphasis will be placed on prevention strategies and intervention techniques. The examination of psycho-social and developmental factors, individual pathology and family, school, and social dynamics will be examined in relation to violence potential. This course will assist you to be responsive to the possibility of violence along the continuum, from high-end violence including school shootings, to bullying behaviours among young children who display early indicators of aggression.

There are two training modules:

Part I (20 hours) will provide a theoretical foundation by examining conceptual foundations of school violence and safety, as well as concepts related to recognizing violence potential in youth. From understanding the development of aggression, DSM-IV diagnosis, dimensions of violence prevention, and contextual factors, you will also build knowledge regarding assessment models and data collection processes.
ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook Centre
(20286 HLTH HE16 A3A) Sue Dorey, 4 sessions, Fri, 12–4 pm, Sat, 9 am–4 pm, $275. Starts Mar 8

Part II (20 hours) offers you an opportunity to apply specific skills and tools for implementing preventative practices in schools and communities. From the assessment of vulnerability, systems, codes of conducts, and the creation of policies built on best practice, you will gain a better understanding of programmatic underpinnings related to positive behaviour support, social and emotional learning, and community partnerships that support youth at risk for violence.
Pre-requisite: completion of Part I
ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook Centre
(20287 HLTH HE21 A3A) Sue Dorey, 4 sessions, Fri, 12–4 pm, Sat, 9 am–4 pm, $275. Starts Apr 12


Empowering the Bystander

UFV is pleased to extend an invitation to the UFV President’s 2012/13 Leadership Lecture Series, with speaker Mr. Sheldon Kennedy, former NHL player and advocate for children’s rights, on Wednesday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Room B101 Abbotsford campus.

The invitation to the President’s Lecture Series is open to members of the community as well as students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the University.


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