ILPC Annual Conference 2021 Data in a Pandemic: Rights and Responsibilities

ILPC Annual Conference 2021 Data in a Pandemic: Rights and Responsibilities
18 November 2021, 10.00am - 19 November 2021, 1.00pm
Online Conference (Zoom)

Online Conference - 18th and 19th November 

The Information Law & Policy Centre’s sixth Annual Conference 2021 will explore the impact of the global pandemic on society and the increased use of data-driven systems, particularly the implications of these changes for the rights and responsibilities of individuals and organisations.    

Interdisciplinary panels with leading experts from academia, government, and industry, will address the development and future of these measures for regulation, policymaking, and governance within the UK and internationally.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Anna Buchta, Head of Policy & Consultation (European Data Protection Supervisor) 
  • Silkie Carlo, Director (Big Brother Watch)
  • Emily Jarratt, Senior Policy Advisor (Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation, Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport)
  • Gillian Philips, Director of Editorial Legal Services (The Guardian)
  • Christopher Millard, Professor of Privacy & Information Law (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Fraser Sampson, Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner
  • Hetan Shah, Chief Executive (The British Academy)
  • John Sheridan, Digital Director (The National Archives)
  • Graham Smith, Of Counsel (Bird & Bird)
  • Olivier Thereaux, Head of Research and Development (Open Data Institute)
  • Caroline Waters OBE, Deputy Chair (Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Topics to be covered:

  • Emergency powers and the rule of law
  • Policymaking in a pandemic
  • Health monitoring systems (certification/passports)
  • Algorithmic discrimination and vulnerable groups
  • Data-driven tools for law enforcement
  • Trustworthy institutions, online safety, and disinformation
  • Data sharing and rebuilding local and global communities

ILPC Annual Lecture 2021

The ILPC Annual Conference will also include the Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Lecture 2021 and the ILPC is delighted to announce that Professor Diane Coyle CBE will deliver this year’s ILPC Annual Lecture entitled:

An economist’s perspective on data and its value

Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research programmes under the themes of progress and productivity. Her own research focuses on the digital economy and digital policy, and on concepts and measurement of economic welfare. Diane is also a Director and research theme leader of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, an adviser to the Competition and Markets Authority, and Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council.

A full programme is available here. Selected papers from the conference will also be published in a Special Issue of Communications Law, published by Bloomsbury Professional.

About the Information Law & Policy Centre:

The Information Law and Policy Centre (ILPC), based at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, launched in 2015. The Centre’s mission is to undertake, promote, and facilitate, cross-disciplinary scholarship and research in the areas of information law and policy, domestically and internationally, in collaboration with a variety of organisations within the public and private sectors, and civil society. You can read about our previous annual events here.

About Communications Law:

Communications Law is a well-respected, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal published by Bloomsbury Professional covering the broad spectrum of legal issues arising in the telecoms, IT, and media industries. Dr Peter Coe, Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading, is the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

This Webinar is free but advance booking is required. Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees the day before the event.


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