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Cyberspace crime and the meaning of ‘information’ headline international gathering of information professionals

January 31, 2012

TORONTO, ON – Cyber­space expert and Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Pro­fes­sor, Ron Deib­ert, and Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley Pro­fes­sor, Geof­frey Nun­berg, are keynote speak­ers for the iCon­fer­ence 2012 being held in Toron­to, Ontario from Feb­ru­ary 7 to 10.

Prof. Deibert’s will focus on how cyber­space has changed from an open and free exchange of ideas to a para­noid under­world of cyber crime. He will share what must be done to pre­pare for this ‘Com­ing Per­fect Storm in Cyber­space’.

Prof. Nun­berg will dis­cuss a his­to­ry of the word ‘infor­ma­tion’ and how we assume the “stuff sit­ting on our hard dri­ves is the same stuff that con­sti­tutes the basis of life.” Nun­berg won­ders if “‘infor­ma­tion’ is the first prin­ci­ple of post­moder­ni­ty, or is this all just a colos­sal play on words.”

Oth­er pre­sen­ta­tions range from net­work sur­veil­lance, to dig­i­tal human­i­ties, ICTs in orga­ni­za­tions, to net­work sur­veil­lance, and social media & elec­tions in Cana­da.

Media are wel­come to cov­er the con­fer­ence ses­sions and keynote address­es, and one-on-one inter­views can be arranged.

iCon­fer­ence 2012

The Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, will host near­ly 450 inter­na­tion­al schol­ars and researchers from a con­sor­tium of 33 Infor­ma­tion Schools (iSchools) includ­ing the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton, Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana-Cham­paign, and Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les.

Par­tic­i­pants will gath­er at the Toron­to Mar­riott Down­town Eaton Cen­tre Hotel for the 7th iCon­fer­ence, an annu­al gath­er­ing of a broad spec­trum of schol­ars and researchers from around the world who share a com­mon con­cern about crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion issues in con­tem­po­rary soci­ety.

Con­fer­ence Chair and Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion Pro­fes­sor, Jens-Erik Mai, says this is the right place to host such a large gath­er­ing. “Since Toron­to was Canada’s first iSchool, and the city has been at the fore­front as ear­ly adopters of the infor­ma­tion field, we are proud to host it this year.”

The iCon­fer­ence push­es the bound­aries of infor­ma­tion stud­ies, explores core con­cepts and ideas, and cre­ates new tech­no­log­i­cal and con­cep­tu­al configurations—all sit­u­at­ed in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary dis­cours­es.

About the Keynote Speak­ers

Ron Deib­ert is pro­fes­sor of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence and direc­tor of the Cana­da Cen­tre for Glob­al Secu­ri­ty stud­ies at the Munk School of Glob­al Affairs at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. He is also direc­tor of the Cit­i­zen Lab where he research­es the con­ver­gence of inter­net, glob­al secu­ri­ty, and human rights. To learn more about Deib­ert:

Geof­frey Nun­berg is an adjunct full pro­fes­sor at the School of Infor­ma­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley. He writes on the social and cul­tur­al effects of new tech­nolo­gies, includ­ing seman­tics and prag­mat­ics, infor­ma­tion access, mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and lan­guage pol­i­cy, and the cul­tur­al impli­ca­tions of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies. To learn more about Nun­berg:

Pre­sent­ed by the ischools cau­cus, the iCon­fer­ence 2012 is sup­port­ed by Microsoft Research and the Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion, as well as Emer­ald Group Pub­lish­ing and Mor­gan & Clay­pool Pub­lish­ers.

For the full con­fer­ence sched­ule, please vis­it:


For more infor­ma­tion:
Kath­leen O’Brien
Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer
Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Tel. 416–978-7184