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2023 University Librarian's Lecture: 'You don't like those ideas? I got others!'*

2023 University Librarian's Lecture: 'You don't like those ideas? I got others!'* In-Person / Online

The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), social media, and quantum computing is fundamentally transforming the way we process and understand information, and will have far-reaching implications for human culture and society. This panel of distinguished international experts will explore the shining lights and dark shadows of AI, quantum technologies, and social media platforms. The panel will examine the need for developers and policymakers to prioritize ethical considerations in the development and deployment of these technologies and strategies to combat the spread of misinformation. They will also discuss the ethical implications of these technologies, particularly in terms of privacy and bias as we navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of information technology.


  • Elizabeth Denham, CBE - International Consultant - Data and Tech (Baker & McKenzie LLP), former UK Information Commissioner, and former BC Information and Privacy Commissioner
  • Brewster Kahle - Founder and Digital Librarian, The Internet Archive
  • Masud Khokhar - University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, University of Leeds, and Chair of Research Libraries UK
  • Dr. Michael Ridley - Librarian Emeritus, University of Guelph, and AI expert
  • moderated by Dave Obee - Editor and Publisher, Times Colonist

 Read the bios.


*The title of this event is inspired by a quote from Marshall McLuhan from the lecture The Medium Is the Message (1977) part 1, volume 3.

Friday, June 2, 2023
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Time Zone:
Pacific Time - US & Canada (change)
Hickman Building (HHB) 105 (Map )
  Open to Everyone  
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