Meet Claudiu Popa
Along with being one of Canada’s leading cybersecurity and online privacy experts, Claudiu Popa is an exemplary interview subject, an entertaining cyber safety educator, and a dynamic lecturer who brings an amazing and informative attitude, true passion, and abundant character to every event. He is also an entrepreneurial storyteller, a humanitarian agnotologist, an insatiable informavore, a committed cypherpunk, and a wannabe galactic hitchhiker.
Claudiu graduated from York University in Toronto, Canada, where he became the co-founder of the KnowledgeFlow Foundation, a Canadian nonprofit organization focused on cybersafety in the education sector, edtech innovation, and the protection of personal information. Claudiu was previously the Managing Director of the Canadian Cybercrime Information Centre at Seneca College where he led efforts to collect and analyze financial cybercrime information for public awareness and education.
For over 25 years, Claudiu has been an active participant in the development of standards, systems, and methods used to improve cybersecurity education and protect information assets. He created AVAST, a healthcare security assessment process currently in use in Canada’s western provinces, and continues to actively contribute to information security initiatives across diverse industry sectors in Canada and around the world.
Claudiu has a passion for helping and educating others, especially those in vulnerable sectors. His work at KnowledgeFlow focuses on children, students, seniors, and other individuals who do not currently have a voice in Canada because of antiquated legislation and government bodies without enforcement authority. Claudiu supports a number of other charitable organizations including Doctors Without Borders, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Claudiu enjoys a variety of activities including challenging his four children to be their best selves, writing articles about older adult fitness, collecting awesome books, donating to animal rights causes, playing with technology, and 3D-printing banana loungers.
Claudiu admires anyone who doesn’t just consume, but also tries to improve the world. As Annette Insdorf once said, “It’s unlikely that any of us will change the world. But if we each try to improve life for those around us, what a great start.” Claudiu is a passionate, hardworking, trustworthy, and fun-loving person who puts his family before everything. His motto is “Live a life of principle and earn the freedom to choose your future regrets.”
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Claudiu’s musings and meditations on data protection fails, snafus, and oddities are collected in his personal blog, Bad Privacy. From ruminations on phishing scams and the security of online learning, to the role of the radio during WWII and the lure of charismatic social movements, Claudiu aims to enlighten readers as to the complexities of the digital world we live in.