On 31st October and 1st November 2014, the Birkbeck Law Review will be honoured to host three distinguished key note speakers: Dr. Mark Elis, Executive Director of the International Bar Association; Ms. Micheal Vonn, policy director of the British Colombia Civil Liberties Association; and Dr. Mireille Hildebrandt, professor of law at Radbound University Nijmegen, Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and Rule of Law. Additionally, three panels composed of 10 authors will discuss the themes of the conference from a philosophical perspective by examining the pragmatic realities of new surveillance technologies and by providing a detailed analysis of the relationship between an individual's right to privacy and the phenomenon of a world defined by big data, smart search engines, all observing governments and corporations and an ocean of online information.
Panel 1: Surveillance and Control Society: a philosophical perspective;
Panel 2: Privacy v. Technology: human autonomy in a technologically enhanced world;
Panel 3: Confronting Surveillance--societal implications.
Over the course of two days, authors from the United States (Surveillance and Education), the LSTA institute of Law, Science, Technology & Society Studies in Vrije University Brussel’s (Fighting for your right to what exactly? the convoluted case law of the EU Court of Justice on privacy and or personal data protection) and from across the United Kingdom and abroad will present papers that vary in content and methodology. Authors such as Dr. Arne Hintz and Dr. Rebecca Wong will give what promises to be a fascinating account of whistle-blowers such as Edward Snowden --in relation to the large-scale data collection and surveillance programs by the NSA and GCHQ and the social media phenomenon and how large organisations such as Facebook and Google interact with EU data protection legislation.
More importantly however, this conference will bring together lawyers, professors, researchers and students from the United States, England, Wales, Netherlands, Belgium and Brazil and allow them to engage in academic discussion and debate on the theme of Privacy and Surveillance. Indeed, and as the authors will tell us, in a world that is all seeing, and where an individual’s misdeeds can never be forgotten, such topics are crucial to understanding social phenomena such as corporate marketing, international finance, terrorism and social unrest. By examining these topics in a public form, the Birkbeck Law Review is happy to invite students, practitioners and researchers who are interested in such topics and wish to investigate them further. The conference is free, however, registration is necessary. This event will be informative, minding provoking and fascinating.