Postcamp Report – PrivacyCampTO 2 a success!

Announcements Melanie Ching | 21 March 2011 | 1 Comment

Registration and breakfast started in the wee hours of the morning for some (okay me). Even so, everyone was able to get their names on a name tag and eat a yummy breakfast (with coffee! and juice! and tea!) to fuel us for the day.

Registration table

Our venue was hosted by the EDGE lab, which is part of lovely Ryerson University. We took over a corner of the 3rd floor at the Rogers Communication Centre for a day filled with meeting new people and discussing privacy. The mission of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada welcomed campers: protect and promote the rights of individuals.

Big thanks to our @privacyprivee sponsors!

The unconference got underway at 10:am with opening remarks by the amazing Gunner. We talked about the guidelines for the day, which included a rule that we had to put away our digital devices. Some of us went rogue and kept them out to bring you liveblogged goodness and tweets on the #privTO hashtag.

Then we had a large game (at least I think it was a game as it sure was fun!) of spectrogram. For those of you who don’t know what that is, a strip of tape was placed down the middle of the room with a centre marker. The group came up with questions where there would be very strong opinions and campers were encouraged to stand on the line depending on whether they strongly agreed or strongly disagreed with the statements. It was great to get to know each other and find new friends with similar (or different) opinions and hear why they feel they way they do.

Walkin' the (spectrogram) line

Then I learned that: campers + sticky notes + sharpies and other assorted writing utensils + wall = the grid!

Everyone was encouraged to write down phrases or questions on sticky notes and put them up on the wall. Then the group re-arranged them together and clustered them by broader topics. These topics included global privacy, community, role of government, defining terms, philosophy, children & youth and healthcare. Everyone had a chance to read all of the notes and then we were all encouraged to integrate them into the breakout sessions. A more in depth description of the morning sessions was captured in the liveblog.

Privacycampers organizing the grid!

Lunch was delicious! While we ate, donations were collected for the Red Cross to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The paper cranes were handmade by @doggyjelly. After lunch it was time to speedgeek. Speakers sacrificed their voices for the opportunity to give everyone a quick (4 min!) summary and then field questions on a topic of their choice. Topics ranged from an overview of the GimpGirl community to how early childhood educators are exploring how young children can use blogs to express themselves.

We followed that up with another round of sessions and check out the liveblog post for a summary of those sessions.

Tsunami Relief Box at Privacy Camp

Then it was time to party. What better way to end a day spent with great people than to find a local establishment to unwind and talk about our day. The discussion moved 5 minutes down the street from the Ryerson campus to the 3 Brewers at Yonge and Dundas. A big thank you to for providing us with cold things to drink and warm things to eat!

Postcamp Social at The 3 Brewers

Overall I had a great time liveblogging the event and I’m glad that I was able to make the postcamp social magic happen.

A huge thank you to:



P.S. Please contact me if you’d like something added/removed/changed.

UPDATE: And the campers have started blogging! I’ll keep a running list of posts here, so check back for additions.

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