January 28th was Data Privacy Day. With all the news and messages calling for your attention you may well have missed it since very few media organizations mentioned it this year. Here is a selection of activities that caught our eye:
The UnBias team is pleased to announce the launch of a ground-breaking report that articulates the voice of children and young people, and their relationship to the internet and digital technologies.
The launch will take place at the House of Lords next 31st of January and it be presented by Baroness Beeban Kidron, Prof Stephen Coleman from Leeds University and Elvira Perez from the UnBias team. Children and young people will be attending the launch and contributing the Q&A session.
This report is titled ‘The Internet on our Own Term: How Children and Young People Deliberated about their Digital Rights’ and describes the work carried since April 2015 in which young people aged between 12 and 17 gathered together in the cities of Leeds, London and Nottingham to participate in a series of jury-styled focus groups designed to ‘put the internet on trial’. In total, nine juries took place which included 108 young people, approximately 12 participants per jury.
Smart online platforms will be a vital enabler of future economic growth across the EU and a key component of the EU single digital market. They also promise new ways to pool and mobilise society’s resources with the potential to address various impending social and environmental crises.
However, to reap these benefits, new thinking is required around the regulation and governance of smart online platforms to ensure balanced interests, and to promote fair and safe forms of participation, particularly relating to the role played by algorithms and data in driving economies of scale.
This policy event will provide a forum to address the following questions:
- What are the challenges and opportunities for public policy of Smart Online Platforms?
- How can we leverage platforms for a more equal, just, and knowledgeable society?
- How can platforms play a role in reducing the social divide and retain hard-won rights and protections?
- What are the challenges and opportunities for existing industries from their disruptive business models?
- How should the regulatory environment change and what new regulatory institutions or instruments may be needed?
- How can these technologies support public objectives and help policy makers deliver solutions at greater scale and of greater impact?
This event is being organised by the Smart Society EU FET project which has been exploring technologies and governance models for the next generation of Smart Platforms. The event will include the launch of the Smart Society Social Charter, and high-profile keynote talks.
9.30 - 10.00 Registration 10.00 - 10.45 Keynote:The landscape of the collaborative economy, Helen Goulden (Nesta) 10.45 - 11.30 Keynote: Responsibility in Collaborative Economies (TBC) 11.30 - 12.00 Coffee 12.00 - 13.00 A Social Charter for Smart Platforms 13.00 - 13.30 Questions and Discussion 13.30 - 14.30 Lunch 14.30 - 15.15 Panel Session 15.15 - 16.00 Closing plenary session
2016 UK Internet Governance Forum
The programme for the 2016 UK-IGF, to be held on 17 November at One Drummond Gate, will include the sessions set out below. Further topics and speakers will be confirmed shortly and this page will be updated. In the meantime you can submit your views on what you would like to see discussed at the event. You can also keep up to date by following @UKIGF on Twitter.
If you are interested in attending, please sign up today.
The global policy landscape
Former culture minister Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP (@edvaizey) will give a short address on the changing global policy landscape. What does the result of the US Presidential election and the increasingly assertive stances of Russia and China mean for the free and open internet?
Brexit: what next for UK internet policy?
Five months after the EU referendum, TechUK’s Charlotte Holloway (@CharlotteHollo) will lead a discussion on the practical and philosophical impacts of Brexit for the internet sector. Can the UK maintain its influence on internet governance outside of the EU?
e-Identification: The future of privacy?
The rise of new forms of electronic identification potential offers improved security and easier access to public and private services. Access Partnership’s Matthew McDermott (@AccessAlerts) will be leading a workshop to consider how can we make sure these are secure and interoperable, and what might be the killer app to drive adoption?
What is the impact of the internet on political debate?
With political debate across the West apparently becoming more polarised, we will be asking has the internet empowered more people to engage in politics, widened our horizons, or simply made us more entrenched in our particular world-view?
A panel including NationBuilder’s Toni Cowan-Brown (@ToniCowanBrown) and Demos’ Carl Miller (@carljackmiller) will consider these questions and whether internet companies have a role to play in widening people’s exposure to other points of view?
The UK’s cyber-preparedness: In conversation with Anthony Finkelstein
With the number of high profile cyber-attacks targeting UK and international businesses rising on a weekly basis, we will hear from UCL’s Professor Anthony Finkelstein (@profserious) the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security.
Preparation for the global IGF
Global Partner Digital’s Andrew Puddephatt (@AndrewPuddephat) and the LSE’s David Souter (@DavidNSouter) will lead a round-up of the headlines from the day’s discussions and look ahead to the global IGF in December.
If you have any questions about the event or require any further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online business, Security and Fundamental Human Rights – Enabling trust on the Internet
The MAPPING project consortium is looking forward to the next meeting of invited stakeholders, interested in debating the existing innovation policies, business models and legal framework related to three major, interrelated focus areas: Internet governance, Privacy, Intellectual property rights.
After the success of the First General Assembly in Hanover in September 2015, in the Prague 2016 General Assembly we expect the continuation of the dialogue with key experts and policy and decision makers, who are involved in research and innovation in the above mentioned areas within Europe’s political, social and economic context.
Following recommendations from the participants of previous General Assemblies, the event in Prague will take place over three full days.
Building on the results from our work on the iRights Youth Juries, CaSMa responded to the call for evidence from the to House of Lords Communications Committee “Children and the Internet” inquiry. Following our submission at the end of August, Professor Derek McAuley was invited to give verbal evidence, which took place on October 11th [transcript] [video].
This event is being organised by the Personal Data & Trust Network’s ‘consent’ working group, which is co-chaired by Mark Lizar and Richard Beaumont. The group’s focus is on innovating and engineering consent at scale for personal data sharing. The last event Real Consent and a Look at Trust was held in May, which delved deep into the systemic issues underlying current technology for consent and trust for personal data sharing.
This next event will present emerging and established consent tech as well as the consent tech summer projects inspired by the Real Consent workshop series. Including:
- Digital Catapult’s concierge system upgrade, including the first ever digital consent receipt issued for physical spaces, provided to new visitors upon signing in
10:00 – Arrive and refreshments
10:30 – Welcome, introductions, overview of Digital Catapult’s Personal Data & Trust Network (Mark Lizar and Community Manager, Personal Data & Trust Network, Kathryn Geels)
10:45 – Digital Catapult implementation of consent receipts (Lead Technologist, Personal Data and Trust, Digital Catapult, Michele Nati)
11:05 – MyData 2016 conference – report and Consent Tech Hackathon Project (Technologist and Track Lead, MyData Architecture, Harri Honko @harrihonko)
11:35 – Coalition – consent tech for behavioural data (Director, Coelition, Joss Langford @data2life)
12:00 – Showcase of prototypes for Real Consent
12:30 – Networking lunch
13:30 – The OPC: Open Consent (Mark Lizar @smartopian)
14:00 – User-Managed Access (UMA) (specialist in Cloud security, privacy and trust, Maciej Machulak @mmachulak)
14:30 – Trust and verify framework (research associate and Professor of Law, Dr. Nicolo Zingales @TechJust)
15:00 – Consent and dissent to personal data usage: case studies (Mathematician, Paul-Olivier Dehaye @podehaye)
15:25 – Consentua (Founder Directer KnowNow Information, Chris Cooper @knownowinfo)
15:45 – Discussion
16:05 – Closing remarks and next steps
16:15 – Finish
We’ll be discussing with workshop participants who are interested, to investigate how the consent-based personal data-sharing ecosystem could grow and what could be the joint action to develop such an ecosystem. This will be with the requisite that they are members of the Personal Data & Trust Network.
This workshop is aimed at people working in SMEs, social enterprises, service and solutions providers, consumer-focused organisations, public bodies, research bodies and funding organisations who share the value of and want to help develop these interventions and interested in pledging to adopt consent receipts and the open consent framework.
We anticipate that those attending will be/become members of the Personal Data & Trust Network prior to the event. You can join at http://pdtn.org. The PD&TN will be the first to test, try out and get access to use the prototypes being produced.
Have you ever actually read the terms and conditions before signing up to a website or ordering something online? These long, wordy documents are a form of consumer protection designed to make sure we are fully informed when we agree to an online contract. They are supposed to ensure we are making a conscious decision to sign up to a service with full knowledge of the consequences.
A workshop conference co-organised by the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for Privacy (SRP) together with Human Rights Watch, Global Freedom of Expression Columbia University, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law Center, The Department of Information Policy & Governance at the University of Malta and Security, Technology & e-Privacy Research Group at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. This workshop is the first public event co-organised by the SRP aimed at achieving a better understanding of privacy.