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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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February 14, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Tim Storer, Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Title: Gathering Residual Data in the Wild: Some Results, Implications and Applications

Abstract: Secondary markets for digital storage devices are enormous. Every day, many thousands of second hand devices are discarded, sent for recycling or sold at auction. These devices often contain a wealth of information concerning their former owners, their associates and their digital behaviour. This information can be of interest to researchers for several reasons, for example:

  • It can provide insights into the extent of privacy and information security risks of residual data on second hand devices;
  • It can provide insights into how people really behave with their devices, rather than how they say they behave; and
  • It can provide realistic, large scale, test sets of real world data, for testing software based systems.

In this talk, I will describe some of the experiments we have undertaken at Glasgow when working with residual data. I will describe the different domains and methods we have used to gather data, as well as the different uses we have put the data to. I will also discuss some of the legal ethical challenges encountered when working with residual data sets.