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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Cybersecurity: smartphones, software, the Internet and you


Paul C. Van Oorschot, Carleton University

At this breakfast, we will explore the key questions related to security and mobile devices: What software is running your smartphone, how did it get there, and who is responsible for it? The answers are surprising - for example, today's dominant smartphone platform delegates essentially all decisions related to installing application software to end-users having no understanding of software technology. It’s a reality that raises challenging technology and policy issues, and engages stakeholders with complex relationships and conflicting goals.

Dr. Paul C. Van Oorschot is a Professor of Computer Science at Carleton University, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Authentication and Computer Security. He is the founding Director of the Carleton Computer Security Lab and Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of NSERC ISSNet, a strategic research network exploring computer and Internet security. The network involves researchers from eight Canadian universities. To many he is best known as co-author of the Handbook of Applied Cryptography, one of most cited security-privacy papers ever published. An award-winning inventor with senior industry experience and 20 patents to his credit, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2011.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
Supported by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday March 4, 2013