Net Neutrality, Social Equality and the Future of the Internet

February 6, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Best Western Lamplighter Inn

CIPS has much to celebrate and share as a start to our 55th anniversary celebrations and we are pleased to host this event with Jerry Gaertner, CIPS Ontario president and Léon Wagschal, CIPS Ontario Past president, as well as a team of excellent speakers who will participate in a most engaging discussion and debate. This event is being presented as part of London Tech Week.

5:30 pm – Registration and Networking (cash bar)
6:15 pm – Hot & Cold Dinner (please advise if you have any special dietary needs)
7:30 – 9:00 pm – Presentation and Panel Discussions
Networking to follow

Panel Speakers:

  1. Moderator – Jerry Gaertner, CA•IT/CISA, CEGIT, CISSP, CIPP/IT, CIA, CFI, I.S.P., ITCP
  2. David Canton, business lawyer and trade-mark agent with Harrison Pensa LLP
  3. Léon Wagschal, Past President of CIPS Ontario, CIPS Ontario’s representative on the CIPS National Board, and President of the ICCP Education Foundation
  4. Bradley Corbett, PhD, Adjunct Research Professor, Information Systems, at the Richard Ivey School of Business
  5. Carol Walters, Director, Strategy, Project Leadership and Risk Management at London Health Sciences Centre

Cost:

$15 for Students
$25 for CIPS, PMI, CIM members and TechAlliance members
$40 for non-members

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Panel Discussion: Net Neutrality, Social Equality and the Future of the Internet.

Jerrard (Jerry) Gaertner, CA•IT/CISA, CEGIT, CISSP, CIPP/IT, CIA, CFI, I.S.P., ITCP and CIPS Ontario President will monitor a panel discussion addressing Net Neutrality, Social Equality and the Future of the Internet IT interests and concerns covering the fields of Law, Education, Health and Business.

Most people would agree that the internet has significantly altered the way that information is shared, relationships managed, children educated and commerce conducted – at least in the developed world. From reading to research, healthcare to help wanted, poker to politics and science to sex – the internet has become a pervasive influence within society.

As with any sea change, not everyone is happy with the new “internet reality”.  Some studies show that our young people are losing the ability to concentrate and deal with complex matters in depth. While some see this technology as a way to lift millions from poverty and ignorance, others believe it can and will become a tool for inconceivable repression and the death of all privacy. Some believe that the internet must remain free, equally accessible, uncensored and unregulated (except for technical standards) if we are to benefit from an explosion of creativity and productivity based on collaborative research, unprecedented participation cooperation and global synergies [net neutrality]; others believe that the internet cannot continue as it is an must be overseen by governments and other responsible agencies who can establish some type of control and direction within the current electronic wild west! The Google’s of this world, the telecom companies, the media and content providers – all have their own views of which way and how fast the internet should go.

This panel discussion will explore these and other fascinating ideas – making reference among other things to Canada’s recent stand against the International Telecommunications Union’s memorandum on increasing government control of the web.

Resolved: That government oversight of the internet and a move away from net neutrality will not necessarily diminish the long term social, educational, political and other benefits of the internet and may in fact enhance them.

 

Jerrard Gaertner, CA•IT/CISA, CEGIT, CISSP, CIPP/IT, CIA, CFI, I.S.P., ITCP

Jerrard (Jerry) Gaertner, is Senior Vice President, Managed Analytic Services Inc. (a Big Data provider) as well as Executive Director of the Digital Legacy Institute.  In addition, he provides Board level consulting services in the areas of IT governance, security and effectiveness.  Jerry teaches IT audit at the University of Toronto and is currently developing a computer law course at Ryerson University.

Jerry is a graduate of MIT and the author of 3 books on business failure.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada and is currently President of the Canadian Information Processing Society of Ontario.

 

David R. Canton, LLP

David Canton is a business lawyer and trade-mark agent with Harrison Pensa LLP, which is a member of the Meritas international organization of law firms.  David’s practice focuses on technology companies and traditional businesses including technology and intellectual property matters such as licensing, technology transfer, privacy, e-business, software, the internet, and trade-marks.  David is co-author of Legal Land Mines in E-Commerce published by McGraw-Hill, writes a regular column called Techwatch for the London Free Press and Canoe.ca, and blogs on legal, business and technology developments at canton.elegal.ca and slaw.ca  David is a member of the Canadian IT Law Association, and was included in The Lawyer’s Weekly list of 24 of “Canada’s top legal social media influencers”.  David is on the Orchestra London Board of Directors.

More detail is available on the Harrison Pensa web site at: harrisonpensa.com/lawyers/david-canton

David’s contact information and various social media locations can be found at: www.davidcanton.tel

 

Léon Wagschal, M.Sc., CSP, CDP, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P

Léon Wagschal, born in Switzerland, immigrated to Canada to do his post-secondary studies at York University. He majored in theoretical physics and obtained his M.Sc. from the Centre for Research in Space Science (CRESS). During his studies it became essential to use computers and his focus shifted to the exciting opportunities offered in the emerging and rapidly evolving computer industry.

Léon’s career has spanned a significant part of IT development and continues to provide professional challenges and opportunities for learning. He pioneered flight simulators on 8-bit machines for the Canadian Air Force and was at the forefront of numerous 4GL and database implementation projects. President of Mane-frame Systems Innovations Inc, Léon currently advises manufacturing and service industries on the use and application of networking solutions tailored to their businesses.

Léon is committed to lifelong learning and maintaining his professional standards and credentials. In 1985 he earned the designation Certified Systems Professional (CSP) from the Association for Systems Management (ASM) and his Certificate in Data Processing (CDP) from the Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP). In 1992 he was awarded the Information Systems Professional (I.S.P.) designation by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and in 2011 received his ITCP/IP3P certification.

Léon is the Immediate Past President of CIPS Ontario, CIPS Ontario’s representative on the CIPS National Board, and President of the ICCP Education Foundation.   He enjoys being able to share his knowledge with up and coming industry leaders.


Bradley Corbett, PhD

Bradley A. Corbett, PhD (Education) holds the position of Adjunct Research Professor, Information Systems, at the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. Dr. Corbett’s research interests lay at the juncture between Information and Communication Technology (ICT), human behavior, and society. His 2002 study of Student’s Access to and Use of ICT has been cited by academics and bloggers worldwide as the official statistic on the early prevalence rates of computer and Internet usage in Canada. The study also highlights early inequalities in ICT access and usage among Canada’s poorest residents. His recent study explores the ICT skills divide in Canada through an analysis of the 2010 Internet Use Study. www.ivey.uwo.ca/faculty/directory/bradley-corbett/


Carol Walters

Carol Walters is Director of Strategy, Project Leadership and Risk Management at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).     

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