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Join us for this livestreamed virtual book launch event! 2020 CBC Massey Lecturer Ron Deibert will be in conversation with Nahlah Ayed, Host of CBC Ideas, Greg Kelly, Executive Producer of CBC Ideas, Bruce Walsh, Publisher at House of Anansi Press, and Massey Principal Nathalie Des Rosiers for the launch of his Massey Lectures entitled Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society.
Ronald J. Deibert is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab undertakes interdisciplinary research at the intersection of global security, ICTs, and human rights. He is a former founder and principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative (2003-2014) and a founder of Psiphon, a world leader in providing open access to the Internet. Deibert is the author of Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet (Random House: 2013), as well as numerous books, chapters, articles, and reports on Internet censorship, surveillance, and cyber security. He was one of the authors of the landmark Tracking Ghostnet cyber espionage (2009) and Great Cannon (2015) reports, and co-editor of three major volumes with MIT Press on information controls (the “Access” series). The reports of the Citizen Lab are routinely covered in global media, including 13 separate reports receiving front page exclusive coverage in either the New York Times, Washington Post, Globe and Mail, or Toronto Star over the last eight years. He is on the steering committee for the World Movement for Democracy, the board of advisors for Pen Canada, Access, and Privacy International, and on the technical advisory groups for Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. In recognition of his own work or that of the Citizen Lab, he has been awarded the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer award (2015), the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity (2014), the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada Award from the Canadian Library Association (2014), the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Vox Libera Award (2010), and the Northrop Frye Distinguished Teaching and Research Award (2003). In 2013, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, for being “among the first to recognize and take measures to mitigate growing threats to communications rights, openness and security worldwide.”
Nahlah Ayed is the host of the nightly CBC Radio program Ideas. A veteran of foreign reportage, she’s spent nearly a decade covering major world events from London, and another decade covering upheaval across the Middle East. Ayed was previously a parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press.
The new publisher of House of Anansi Press, Bruce Walsh was the founding director of University of Regina Press, a vice president of Margaret Atwood’s LongPen, and the director of marketing and publicity at McClelland & Stewart. A two-time winner of the Libris Award for his “outstanding contribution to Canadian publishing,” Walsh has been a mentor to the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation and a board member at the Dunlop Art Gallery, PEN Canada, and the environmental group, Canopy. He is a recipient of the Order of the Forest and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for work on the environment, free speech, and the advancement of culture.
Greg Kelly is the Executive Producer of IDEAS. He began his career at CBC where he won national and international awards for his work in both radio and TV. In 2006, he left Canada to create and lead radio programs in the US and Europe, before returning to CBC (and IDEAS) in 2013. He holds a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University.