"Big and Open – The New Data Frontiers". Professor Nigel Shadbolt to give the SCL 40th Anniversary Lecture - Thursday 21 March 2013 - London

When: 21/03/2013
Code: HW/SFCL20

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Professor Nigel Shadbolt FREng CEng FBCS CITP CPsychol

Iain Roxborough
, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

Vote of thanks:
Professor Richard Susskind OBE
, SCL President

SCL is delighted that Professor Nigel Shadbolt has agreed to give the SCL 40th Anniversary Lecture on Thursday 21 March 2013 in London. 

Professor Nigel Shadbolt has long been acknowledged as one of the leading experts on open data, not just in the UK but in the world. He has the ear of government, having been given special roles by both the Coalition and its predecessor. He is a co-founder of the Open Data Institute and Chair of the UK Government's midata programme.

In this year's SCL Annual Lecture Professor Shadbolt will review important issues arising from the increasing openness and accessibility of data. Massively increased creation and access to data provides potential for revolutionary changes in human life.  Developing the "killer application" for "Big Data" is now a key "holy grail" for a number of IT companies.  Professor Shadbolt is a leading advocate of increased openness for data, but he is also clear about some of the challenges of increased and massively open data.

Lawyers and computers scientists cannot avoid the difficult questions resulting from the large scale collection of data. At a relatively straight-forward level, there are data protection questions such as those that emerged through the development of on-line services showing photographs of public places. More fundamentally, there are important questions to be considered over the constraints and parameters over the legitimate use of the increasing levels of data that are being collected in all aspects of business and society. 

In this Annual Lecture for the 40th anniversary year of the SCL, Professor Shadbolt will review the forces for the development of more open data access, he will highlight where he sees the need for practical and legal constraints.  He will also identify areas where the law unnecessarily constrains and holds back open data access.

The lecture will be of interest private practitioners, in-house counsel and government lawyers who are involved with "big data", open access, data protection and information law generally. This lecture will also be of interest to computer scientists and people with a general interest in IT who also have an interest in the legal aspects of open data access.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt FREng CEng FBCS CITP CPsychol
Professor of Artificial Intelligence  at the University of Southampton and Head of the Web and Internet Science Group, Director of the Web Science Trust and  the Web Foundation, Chairman and co-founder of the Open Data Institute, ex-President of the British Computer Society, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Computer Society, Fellow of the European AI Association (ECCAI).

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