Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

October 14, 2016 12:27 ET

Media Advisory/Archives, Privacy, and Digital: A Dangerous Combination?

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 14, 2016) - In the digital age, could archives-recognized by UNESCO as a fundamental resource and function in our democracy-pose a danger to citizens' privacy?

The digital transformation of society now makes it possible to disseminate and access an historically unprecedented volume of information. At the same time, citizens are calling for their personal data to be protected, sometimes even demanding that they be expunged from the public domain.

To meet that challenge, archivists need to come up with regulatory and ethical solutions to reassure citizens, while upholding the right of access to information in the interests of historical research and future generations.

Hervé Lemoine, Director at the Archives of France, will address this issue in a lecture at Library and Archives Canada. The presentation is part of the Wallot-Sylvestre lecture series organized by Library and Archives Canada and hosted by Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada.

The details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Place: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario

About Library and Archives Canada

The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

About the Wallot-Sylvestre Seminars

The Wallot-Sylvestre Seminars are a lecture series focused on informing and disseminating strategic thinking in the domains of information science, archival science, history, etc. Lecturers are invited by Library and Archives Canada from the academic, public and private sectors, and include scholars and practitioners.

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