Dear colleagues,

A reminder about the event this evening (full details below), which 
focuses on an issue much in the news for libraries and other 
organizations these days.

Looking forward to seeing some of you this evening -- do stay 
afterwards to join us for the reception.

All best wishes,
Fiona Black

Margaret Ann Wilkinson
University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Information and Media 
Studies, and Faculty of Law.

Thursday, November 9, 2006
7:15 for 7:30pm start
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Rowe 1020
Refreshments to follow (Faculty Lounge, Room 2068)

Traditionally, it has been acknowledged that information sharing 
served a socially desirable purpose:  for example, when copyright was 
developed, it was structured to create private rights in expressions 
but to leave ideas and facts to circulate freely in societies.  Free 
speech was applauded and frequently constitutionally protected - 
subject only to certain prohibitions on hurtful speech such as hate 
speech and defamatory rhetoric.  Recently, however, other claims to 
control over data have gained the protection of law:  confidential
information protected within corporate boundaries, individuals 
controlling information about themselves held by both public and 
private sector institutions, new knowledge increasingly bounded by 
patent claims. The public increasingly gathers information from 
sources other than the traditional press and public and private 
sectors are increasingly blurred as funding crosses traditional 
boundaries.  This lecture will examine the question: Amidst these 
changing environments, can we properly balance public and private 
claims to data?

Dr Margaret Ann Wilkinson holds a joint appointment as Professor of 
Library & Information Science in the Faculty of Information and Media 
Studies and as Professor of Law at the University of Western Ontario. 
She is currently on sabbatical and is at Dalhousie as Distinguished 
Visitor at the Law and Technology Institute, Faculty of Law, and as 
Visitor in Residence, School of Information Management. Her research 
focuses on the intersection between property and rights in the 
information environment. Dr Wilkinson has spoken and
published widely in the areas of access, privacy, personal data 
protection and intellectual property including copyright and moral 
rights.  She has taught at the Richard Ivey School of Business (UWO) 
in the areas of eLeadership and Biotechnology and is co-author of 
three Ivey cases. She has also held grants, researched and published 
on questions of professionalism and ethics.

Fiona A. Black, Director
School of Information Management
Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 3J5 Canada

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