Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs Conference, August 7 - 10, 2008



    TORONTO, July 31 /CNW/ - Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs will
hold it annual conference next week on lake Couchiching.
    The 2008 Couchiching conference will explore the proliferation of
knowledge and its far-reaching implications for every aspect of our lives,
from small personal details to great global events. Everyone has access to
information about what is going on in other parts of the world, about the way
the human body works, about ecosystems, and about new engineering and
production techniques. Our ability to translate all that into knowledge is
limited only by our capacity to keep up with the flow. The state of flux is
now permanently at high speed, driven by almost unfettered access. Even what
we think we already know is subject to constant revision.
    The conference will ask fundamental questions: How does this affect us?
Who benefits and who doesn't? Is knowledge a private commodity or a public
good? We'll question the significance of our present directions and decisions
in the global context and for the future: What infrastructure does Canada need
to succeed as a knowledge economy? What is the effect of our expanded
knowledge on our political institutions? How will the ever-changing landscape,
with unequal access, inform public policy and investment, competitiveness and
regulation?
    Indeed, there are endless ramifications to consider. What gains can the
economy make to raise the standard of living and to close the productivity
gap? What of the public investment required to create knowledge and its
relation to the private sector? Can we balance the tensions contained in the
concept of copyright?
    Invited speakers include keynote speaker Bill Buxton, Principal
Researcher at Microsoft Research; Janet Rossant, chief of research at the
Hospital for Sick Kids; Jim Stanford, economist, Canadian Auto Workers; Kevin
Lynch, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet; Ian Wilson,
Librarian and Archivist of Canada; Jennifer Stoddart, Canada's privacy
commissioner; and Carol Dumaine, head of the Energy and Environmental Security
Directorate in the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S.
Department of Energy; and closing keynoter Gerri Sinclair, executive director
of the World Centre for Digital Media.
    The conference is open to all to attend. Simply register online at
www.couch.ca/conference or call the Couchiching office.





For further information:

For further information: Shannon Bott, Conference Director, Couchiching
Institute on Public Affairs, (416) 462-6374/(866) 647-6374, couch@couch.ca

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