Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Andrew Clement is a professor emeritus of information at the University of Toronto, where he has coordinated the Information Policy Research Program since the 1990s and co-founded the Identity Privacy and Security Institute (IPSI). With a PhD in Computer Science, he has had longstanding research and teaching interests in the social implications of information/communication technologies, community informatics, participatory design and privacy/surveillance. Among his recent research projects are: IXmaps.ca, an internet mapping tool that helps make more visible NSA mass internet surveillance activities and the routing of Canadian personal data through the U.S. and publishes privacy transparency reports on ISPs serving Canadian internet carriers serving Canadians; Seeing Through the Cloud, which examined extra-national outsourcing of eCommunications services, especially by universities; SurveillanceRights.ca, which documents (non)compliance of video surveillance installations with privacy regulations and helps citizens understand their related privacy rights; Snowden Surveillance Archives, an on-line searchable collection of all documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden subsequently published by news media; and Proportionate ID, which demonstrates through overlays for conventional ID cards and a smartphone app privacy protective alternatives to prevailing full disclosure norms. Clement was the principal investigator of the 4 year Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN) project and lead editor of its collective Connecting Canadians: Investigations in Community Informatics book. Clement was a co-investigator in the seven year major research collaboration, The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting and contributor to its Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada book. Currently he is a collaborator in its successor project, Big Data Surveillance.
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