In the digital age, could archives—recognized by UNESCO as a fundamental resource and function in our democracy—pose a danger to citizens’ privacy?
It’s a complex situation. The digital transformation of society now makes it possible to disseminate and access an historically unprecedented volume of information. At the same time, citizens are calling for their personal data to be protected, sometimes even demanding that they be expunged from the public domain.
To meet that challenge, archivists need to come up with regulatory and ethical solutions to reassure citizens, while upholding the right of access to information in the interests of historical research and future generations.
Hervé Lemoine will address this issue in a lecture in Ottawa, on October 18. The presentation is part of the Wallot-Sylvestre lecture series organized by Library and Archives Canada. These lectures promote the exchange of ideas in fields such as library science, information science, archival science, and history.
Hervé Lemoine, Head Curator, Heritage of France, assumed the duties of Director, Archives of France, within the Ministry of Culture and Communication, in 2010. He is a Commander of Arts and Letters and a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.
Free public event
"Archives, Privacy and Digital"
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 1:30 pm. to 3:30 p.m.
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
To register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org