Tech Ethics Workshop: Contrasting Present Laws and Codes: Dr. Victoria I. Burke

Victoria I. Burke
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Today, many companies make money by monetizing data (the new ‘gold mine’). The dial-up telephone is a two-technology but it does not permit third party access without a wiretap and a warrant. Internet technology is also a two-way technology but it does permit easy third-party access. This workshop will introduce students to the problems that ethicists see in this technology and in data harvesting practices. The most serious issues have arisen in the past five years. We will compare the new ‘Contract for the Web’ (human rights document), the new California law that comes into force in January 2020, the Association of Computing Machinery Code of Ethics, and the current version the EU General Data Protection Regulations.


Dr. Burke teaches ethics and political philosophy at Ryerson University.


Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Josh Paglione via email: by Wednesday, January 15th

Venue & Address: 
RM 511 at 205 Richmond St. W.
Free! Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Josh Paglione

Learning the ROPES

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join Christine Pineda and Nancy Snow, Wednesday March 27th for Learning the ROPES, an introduction to research ethics at OCAD U: answering the 5Ws/1H of research ethics. Who needs to apply for research ethics approval? What type of research requires ethics approval? When is the best time to apply for approval? Where do I apply? Why is research ethics approval important? How do I apply?


Christine Pineda is the Research Ethics Board (REB) Manager and research office dinosaur, having been with the research office since its inception. Her career path has been largely based in research and academia with a special focus on evaluation of projects involving vulnerable communities.

Nancy Snow is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design and the REB chair. Her areas of research enquiry are design pedagogy, food studies, and knowledge exchange.


Learning the ROPES is part of Research Wednesdays speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad, or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Do you have a research experience that you would love to share with us? Contact Daniel Payne at (

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, ext. 217

Negotiating Ethical Making Between Humans and Machines

While making can be a beneficial activity for many reasons, the things we make may not always be in the best interest of others. It is the responsibility of makers to ensure their creations comply with societally-agreed upon ethical principles. However, the act of making is increasingly facilitated by machines, and these machines could also be involved with encouraging ethical behaviour. In this paper we explore this position from the perspective of a 3D printer, looking at what interactions between humans and machines might look like while they negotiate the process of making.

Read the full paper here.


Negotiating Ethical Making
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 3:00pm
Lab Member: 
Tara Campbell

Research Ethics Board (REB) for Graduate Students

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 2:30pm to Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 4:30am

Nancy Snow, Assistant Professor Faculty of Design, (and member of the OCAD University REB) will provide an introduction to the Research Ethics Board (REB) and ROMEO for graduate students at various stages of their thesis/MRP research. As a Graduate Student undertaking a thesis or MRP you need to ask yourself…

•Does the proposed research involve humans as research participants?

•Does the proposed research involve animals?

If the answer is yes, you need to attend this session!

Please follow this link for further details regarding the REB:

ACCESSIBILITY: Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us as soon as possible so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Venue & Address: 
Room 701K, at 205 Richmond Street West
416.977.6000 x4367
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Design for the Other 90%: A Panel Discussion

Design for the Other 90%
Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 12:30am

The Professional Gallery of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) present Design for the Other 90%: A Panel Discussion, in response to the Smithsonian’s touring exhibition of design solutions addressing the basic needs of poor and marginalized populations not traditionally serviced by professional designers, on now at the university.

The panel, which will be moderated by OCAD Curator Charles Reeve, includes:
Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Design for the Other 90%, of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (New York, U.S.A.);
Vikram Bhatt, Professor of Architecture, McGill University School of Architecture, where he teaches courses in Housing Theory and Housing Project, and directs the M.Arch. in Minimum Cost Housing (Montreal, Canada) and
Modesta Nyirenda-Zabula, Project Manager with Godisa Technologies Trust (Gaborone, Botswana), designer/manufacturer of “SolarAid”, a solar-powered hearing aid (exhibited in Design for the Other 90%).

Design for the Other 90%, on exhibit at the OCAD Professional Gallery in Toronto until January 25, 2009, is the only Canadian stop for the touring exhibition. An extensive website, including a blog, discussion forum and additional resources is available at

Design for the Other 90%: A Panel Discussion is held in conjunction with the Universities Art Association of Canada’s annual conference, held November 6 to 8, 2008 at York University in Toronto. For complete conference details, visit

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

An Evening with Shohini Ghosh

Shohini Ghosh
Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 8:30pm

The Faculty of Art of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) will present a screening and lecture with New Delhi filmmaker and scholar Shohini Ghosh.

This event is part of the Lecture Series on Ethics in Art, Design and Media

On Thursday, September 25, a 4:30 p.m. screening of her film, Tales of the Night Fairies, will be followed with a lecture entitled “Shadows in the Clear Light of Day: Making Tales of the Night Fairies.”
In her talk, Shohini Ghosh will reflect on the artist-subject relationship, the ethics of documentary filmmaking and the representation of marginalized sex workers in the media. In particular, Ghosh will discuss the necessity of putting herself, as filmmaker, into her film, as a means of giving the film context and an ethical perspective.

Tales of the Night Fairies
Five sex workers — four women and one man — along with the filmmaker/narrator embark on a journey of storytelling. Tales of the Night Fairies explores the power of collective organizing and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. The expansive and labyrinthine city of Calcutta, India, forms the backdrop for the personal and musical journeys of storytelling.

The film attempts to represent the struggles and aspirations of thousands of sex workers who constitute the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (or ‘Durbar', which in Bengali means un-stoppable or indomitable), a forum of 65 000 sex workers based in West Bengal, India. A collective of men, women and transgendered sex workers, Durbar demands decriminalization of adult sex work and the right to form a trade union. Tales of the Night Fairies was made with support from the New Delhi-based Centre for Feminist Legal Research and the Amsterdam-based Mama Cash, an international women’s fund that supports pioneering and innovative women's initiatives around the world.

Shohini Ghosh is Zakir Hussain Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University) in New Delhi. From 1990 to 1996, she was Visiting Associate Professor of the Department of Communication at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Globalization-McArthur Fellow at the University of Chicago in 2001. She has also served as Fellow at the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Group of the Law Department at Keele University in the United Kingdom, and Visiting Professor at the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam. Ghosh writes extensively on popular culture and the media for both academic journals and the popular press. A major part of her current work involves theoretical interventions in public debates around issues of sexuality, speech and censorship.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Room 230), Level 2 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Ethics Out of the Box: examining ethical issues in art & design research

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:30pm

Ethics out of the box: examining ethical issues in art and design research" is a symposium that brings together an exceptional group of researchers/ artists/ practitioners/ administrators to discuss their perspectives on ethical issues unique to art and design research.

Moderator:  Nancy Walton, RN, PhD (Director, e-learning, Ryerson University and Chair, Research Ethics Board, Women's College Hospital)

Keynote: "There will be a happy meeting”: Participant Engagement, Practice-based Research and Ethics in an Art + Design University—supporting risk-takers 
Glen Lowry, PhD (Assistant Dean, Faculty of Culture and Community, and Chair, Research Ethics Board, Emily Carr University of Art and Design)

Theme: “Examining intersections of research ethics in the pedagogical ecology”

Ethics and Collaborative Research in Language Documentation, Keren Rice, PhD (University of Toronto)               

Dilemmas in Research Ethics and Pedagogy, Suzanne Stein, PhD cand (OCAD University)  

Art and Antagonism: Negotiating the ethics of discomfort in the classroom, Allison Rowe, PhD cand (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)       

Panel Discussion

Theme: “The role of research ethics in art and design”                  

Bringing the Riots In: considerations on the use of activist culture within artistic practice, video presentation, Syrus Marcus Ware, PhD cand (York University)

Internet Research Ethics: What (Art & Design) Researchers Should Know, Yukari Seko, PhD (University of Guelph)              

Why Are You Asking Me? The Reporter/Researcher, Joyce Smith, PhD (Ryerson University)     

Panel discussion                           

Morning refreshments and light lunch to be served.

Please register here

Venue & Address: 
320/ 3F OCAD University (Richmond St. Campus), 205 Richmond Street West, Toronto

REB Workshop for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:00pm


Whether the research is unfunded or funded, whether the funding is internal or external, or whether the research will or will not be submitted for publication, Research Ethics Board approval is required.

This workshop will provide graduate student focused insight into the REB process.

Any OCAD U research that involves living human participants or human biological materials (whether from living or deceased individuals) must be reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Board (REB) of the university. Research projects or pilots (including student projects/training, feasibility studies, etc.) conducted under the auspices of OCAD U and using human participants require ethics approval before the research may begin.

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Venue & Address: 
Room 7301 3rd Floor, 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
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