Ada Lovelace Day and I'd Like to Recognize Canada's Valerie SteevesA few weeks ago Suw Charman-Anderson pledged to blog on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same. I guess you've figured out that I signed up and so did more 1500 other people to do a blog posts, podcast, and other online media.
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Who was Ada?
"Ada Lovelace was one of the world's first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software."
Who is Valerie Steeves?
Valerie's main area of research is about human rights and technology issues. I have been fortunate to hear Valerie speak about privacy issues and cyberspace a couple of times.
The new wave of technologies creates new opportunities for good effects and harmful effects on privacy, identity theft, confidential communications, security and safety. It's important to have someone like Valerie looking at the intersection of human rights, privacy, new technologies, and the law.
Valerie works on so many fronts from being a privacy activist helping forge policies to designing interactive games that are used by children to protect their privacy and security in cyberspace to being a Special Advisor to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Rights where she sought public input into the meaning of privacy as a human right and helped draft the Committee's report, Where Do we Draw the Line?
Valerie Steeves is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada.
Thanks Valerie for all the great work!
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