8th CACR Information Security Workshop
2nd Annual Privacy and Security Workshop
Senior Research Analyst,
IDC Canada Ltd.
Never Lost, Always Found: The Business Case for Wireless Privacy
The concept of privacy has been stretched to its limits, and conflated with other related concepts such as solitude. Privacy should be defined as that which is violated by measuring instruments and input devices (such as video cameras) in contrast to solitude which can be defined as that which is violated by output devices (such as billboards, unwanted advertising, and other visual detritus). A growing number of individuals have become dissatisfied with what privacy has offered (or not offered them) and are turning to a new concept called Subjectright(S). Subjectright(S), as described in http://wearcam.org/subjectrights.htm is a new framework for protecting both privacy and solitude. Government and industry IT organizations that respect Subjectrights will discover a practical solution to many of the problems that have not found solutions using privacy.
Lawrence Surtees is the primary analyst responsible for International Data Corporation (Canada) Ltd.'s telecommunications research program. That program focuses on trends among users and service providers in the burgeoning $17-billion (Canadian) a-year industry. He also contributes to IDC Canada's program on the Application Service Provider (ASP) market.
Prior to joining IDC Canada in Sept. 2000, Lawrence spent the previous 17 years as a business reporter at the The Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto where he covered telecommunications and related high-technology companies. He has won numerous awards for his writing, including a National Newspaper Award in 1993. He is also the author of two books on the Canadian telecommunications industry: Pa Bell, his history of BCE, was published in 1992; and Wire Wars, the inside story of the long-distance competition battle, was published in 1994. Lawrence began his journalism career in Ottawa in 1981 where he was editor of a weekly newsletter on communications policy and regulatory issues.
Lawrence currently writes a monthly column for Canadian Telecom magazine and a bimonthly column for Communications and Networking. He is a frequent commentator for numerous print and broadcast media, including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, ROB-TV and CBC, and is a frequent lecturer and speaker on telecom industry structure and history. He holds a B.A. (political science) from the University of Toronto and an M.A. (journalism) from the University of Western Ontario.