SCL Conference - Back to basics: The Technology. Part 2 - Wednesday 13 July 2022, London

When: 13/07/2022

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Non-member: £540.00
Professional member: £360.00

The ABCDE of Tech.

Date: Wednesday 13 July 2022
Time: 9.30 am - 5.00 pm (Registration from 9.00 am; drinks and speed networking from 4.00 pm)
Venue: DLA Piper, 160 Aldersgate St, Barbican, London EC1A 4HT. Map

Following the success of the SCL’s “Back to basics: the technology” (recordings available for purchase here), we’re delighted to announce Part 2.

This Conference is aimed at people who work in technical areas (e.g. tech lawyers, data protection advisors, and even law students) but who may not get much training on “the tech”.

This event covers all new material, and, as with Part 1, it doesn’t presuppose any technical knowledge – it really is “the basics”. Of course, if you have technical knowledge already, there’s still plenty here for you, including an opportunity to test your own learning, and to ask questions to delve deeper into topics.

There will also be four “ten minute tech talks” throughout the day. Please see below for details of how to apply to give a tech talk at this event.

9:30 - 09:45: Welcome and introduction
Chair: Elizabeth Fitzgerald
, Founder, Fitzgerald Tech Law

09:45 - 10:35: Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Speaker: Catherine Hammon
, Digital Transformation Knowledge Lawyer, Head of Advisory Knowledge, UK, Osborne Clarke LLP

  • What are they?
  • How do they work?
  • When might one use them?
  • How can they go wrong / work badly?

10:35 – 10:45: Ten Minute Tech Talk 1

10:45 - 11:35: Blockchain, cryptocurrency, and NFTs
Rebecca Keating
, Barrister, 4 Pump Court
Anne Rose
, Managing Associate and Co-Lead of Blockchain Group, Mishcon de Reya LLP

  • What are they?
  • How do they work?
  • When might one use them?
  • How can they go wrong / work badly?

11:35 – 11:45: Ten Minute Tech Talk 2

11:45 - 12:00: Break

12:00 - 12:50: Bans, blocks, and “bad algorithms”
Rowenna Fielding
, (Miss IG Geek)
Neil Brown
, Managing Director,

  • A look at various tools used to tackle online content which is perceived as problematic
  • The session will cover in-platform moderation, content filtering, network-level controls, “shadow bans”, and other techniques

12:50 – 13:00: Ten Minute Tech Talk 3

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 14:50: “The Cloud”
Chris James
, Head of Digital Legal, Europe & UK, HSBC
Andy Crystal, Senior Corporate Counsel EMEA, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  • What is “the Cloud”, and where is it?
  • Different models for use of the cloud (from CoLo to SaaS, and * everything in between)
  • Destruction of data in the cloud / cryptoshredding

14:50 – 15:00: Ten Minute Tech Talk 4 

15:00 - 15:50: Data security and encryption
Simon Forrester
, Zehuti
Henry Pelling, Associate, Commercial, Outsourcing and Technology Team, DLA Piper UK LLP

  • Encryption: at rest v in transit v object encryption, symmetric v asymmetric (inc PKI)
  • Encryption v hashing
  • End to end encryption content filtering / child protection in end to end encrypted environments
  • Pseudonymity and re-identification
  • Securing data transfers

15:50 - 16:00: Wrap-up
Chair: Elizabeth Fitzgerald
, Firm Founder, Fitzgerald Tech Law

16:00 - 17:00: Drinks and “speed networking”

Ten minute tech talks
: a platform for new, or less experienced, speakers

If you have no, or little, experience in speaking at conferences and would like to build up your confidence, please consider giving a "ten minute tech talk".

As the name suggests, this is a ten minute slot - probably five minutes of "you", and five minutes for questions - to give a brief technical introduction to a topic of interest to you.

We have four ten minute tech talks spread throughout the day, and we have no fixed plans about what these should cover, beyond them being (a) technical, not legal, and (b) of interest to an audience of tech lawyers.

We will have experienced and friendly speakers available beforehand, and on the day, to assist you in your preparations, and to help assuage any last minute nerves. This is a learning opportunity, and SCL will do its best to support you and help you shine.

If you'd like to submit a talk for consideration, please email, with the subject line "10 minute tech talk proposal" by Friday 10 June 2022 and include in your email:

  • the theme you would like to cover. We will use this to help pick topics, to ensure a good mix of content throughout the day.
  • a sentence or two about your conference speaking experience. This is an opportunity for people who have little, or no, previous experience - we are likely to prioritise those with less experience over those with more.
  • a sentence or two about you. We are keen to showcase people interested in tech law with different backgrounds and experiences. And, frankly, to weed out any vendor pitches!

The SCL will decide which talks get offered a slot, and their decision is final. We will notify everyone - successful or unsuccessful - by Tuesday 21 June 2022.

10 minute tech talk speakers get free admission to the Conference, including the networking. There may also be some assistance available to help with travel costs to the Conference – please request more details when submitting your application to speak at this event.

Many thanks to DLA Piper UK LLP for hosting and sponsoring this event

Enquiries and bookings:

SCL, Unit 4.5, Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH, UK. Tel: +44 (0)7948 517049 Email:

Conference fees:
The cost of attending the SCL Back to Basics Conference on 13 July 2022 in London will be £300 + VAT (£360) for SCL members and £450 + VAT (£540) for non-members.

Offer: Any organisation that purchases 3 places at the same time is entitled to a 4th place free of charge. This offer is not available online - please email to make a block booking and take advantage of this offer.

SCL bursaries towards the cost of attending this Conference: If your firm is already sending a full-price delegate to this event, you are invited to nominate a tech law "rising star" to attend this event at a reduced rate. "Rising stars" are expected to record their impressions of the Conference - this can take any form and we encourage you to get creative (make a word cloud, sketch a cartoon, record a video, write a poem!) This will then be published on the SCL website and shared on our social media platforms after the Conference. Assisted places at the Conference cost £100 + VAT. Please send details of your nominee to Sarah Forster at

Concessionary rates: for academics, students, the unemployed and those experiencing financial hardship are available upon application. Please contact for more information.

How to book:  If you wish to attend this event please book online or email to make your booking and request an invoice.

Fees can be paid by credit card or bank transfer. All invoices for attendance at this event must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date or prior to the date of the Conference. 

SCL Membership: (Valid for 12 months from date paid): £145.00.  NB: Non-members who join SCL at the same time as applying to attend the Conference are entitled to attend the Conference at the members' rate. Membership of SCL includes full access to the content of this website, access to all online issues of the SCL magazine "Computers & Law" and the monthly News Review plus discounted rates to attend SCL events. If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact: Sarah Forster, Tel: +44 (0)7948 517049 Email:

Booking terms and conditions: Application online or by email constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the full conference fee. Cancellations will only be accepted and refunds made in respect of written cancellations received and acknowledged by SCL HQ by 09.00 hours on Wednesday 29 June 2022. An administration fee of £50.00 + VAT will be charged for all cancellations.

Substitute delegates
If you are unable to attend, a substitute may attend in your place provided that you notify the SCL office in advance ( or 07948 517049) and pay the appropriate registration fee.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of SCL to change the venue, content or timing of an event or to substitute speakers. The safety and wellbeing of our delegates is paramount and therefore in-person events may be converted to online events due to government restrictions or travel disruption.

SCL Code of conduct for SCL events 
SCL is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at the event or on Twitter and other online media. Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the discretion of the organisers. 

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