The Shock of the New or How we are losing (and gaining) control over data - SCL Policy Forum 2013 - Thursday 12 and Friday 13 September 2013, London

When: 12/09/2013

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Hosted and sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Feeling that, even with your considerable expertise in all things IT, things are getting out of control? Wondering if the Internet and all its hapless offspring are going to hell in a handcart called Tempora? Confused by data's apparently infinite capacity to double, triple and even quintuple before your very eyes? Don't worry. The SCL Policy Forum is just what you need.

This year's Forum, "The Shock of the New", will be offering perspective on the avalanche of change that has left even some IT law specialists reeling and will be covering a host of topics that are the cause of wide-ranging debate – debate which is guaranteed to be continued in the course of the Forum itself. The Forum will cover the Cloud – of course and Big Data, and less obvious topics like Human rights and the omnipresent network and the New Meaning of Privacy. But this is the SCL Policy Forum so the perspectives it offers, whether on familiar topics like privacy or the less familiar ones like the Internet of things, will be edgy and may be surprising.

There is an innovative pricing structure which allows you to attend portions of the two-day event. And the Keynote Lecture from Dr Ian Brown is free and open to all. Since Dr Brown is a man with strong and controversial views, his Lecture is really unmissable.

SCL Policy Forum Chair: 
Professor Chris Reed,
Professor of Electronic Commerce, Queen Mary University of London

Day one: Thursday 12 September 2013

9.15 am - 9.45 am:
Registration, tea and coffee

9.45 – 10.45 am: The Phoenix Rises: replacing national law
Professor Chris Reed
, Professor of Electronic Commerce, Queen Mary University of London

To be effective and complied with, law must be perceived as coming from legitimate sources and making legitimate demands. The traditional nation state lacks that legitimacy, so we must look for community structures to devise regulation, and these need to meet certain requirements to achieve legitimacy.

10.45 - 11 am - Coffee break

11 am - 12.30 pm: Smartphones, tablets and glasses: taking the Internet with you
Portable, personal devices are rapidly becoming the default way to access, generate and process information. Because they travel with their user, their interactions with other devices (fixed and mobile) generates rich metadata which links to the user. Because they are in some sense "owned" by the user, they potentially upset the current legal settlement for rights in and control over information. "Bring your own device" is making significant inroads in large organisations.

Chair: Judith Rauhofer, Lecturer in IT Law, University of Edinburgh

Portable devices and the internet of things
George Roussos,
Department of Computer Science, Birkbeck College, University of London

Human rights and the omnipresent network
Dr Daithí Mac Sithigh, Lecturer in Digital Media Law, University of Edinburgh.

Pick a law, any law: property v IP v contract 
Olivier Haas
, Of Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills

12.30 pm to 1.45 pm – Lunch

1.45 pm - 3 pm: Social Data
Users of social networks share information voluntarily with friends and followers. They also, involuntarily, generate metadata which says much more about them than, perhaps, they intended to share. Both kinds of data can be used for good, or for bad, purposes.

Chair: Professor Lilian Edwards, Professor of E-Governance, University of Strathclyde

Getting over it: new meanings of privacy
Sacha Wilson
, Associate, Bristows LLP

Social media, law enforcement and the rule of law
Professor Ian Walden, Queen Mary University of London

3 pm - 3.15 pm: Tea break

3.15 pm - 4.45 pm: Open IP
In the world of connected data and rapidly evolving business models, does IP play a meaningful role anymore? What would happen if it were abolished (or just ignored)? Or rather does it need fundamentally reforming to reflect the new "rights".

Chair: Graham Smith, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

Do IPR monopolies promote economic activity in a connected world? The case for the opposition
Alexander Carter-Silk
, Partner, Speechly Bircham

IP in the world of open data
Francis Davey
, Barrister

Open design and open data
Andrew Katz
, Partner, Moorcrofts

5.30 pm – 6.30 pm: SCL Policy Forum Keynote Lecture
"O TEMPORA, o mores! Can the Law Control Digital Leviathan?"

To be given by Dr Ian Brown, Associate Director, Oxford University Cyber Security Centre and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute.

See full details of the Keynote Lecture here

Close of day one

Day two: Friday 13 September 2013

8.45 am - 9.15 am:
Registration, tea and coffee

9.15 - 10.45 am: Big data – aggregation and repurposing
Big data has been discussed for years, in terms of the new kinds of analytic techniques it requires. But from a policy perspective, recent applications are identifying new and difficult issues which the law needs to resolve. One is that data is being aggregated from a wide range of sources, without any clear framework for deciding who (subject, collector, aggregator, other?) has rights to control its use. The other is that data collected for one purpose is now being analysed for very different purposes, often without any way to predict (even when aggregated) what those new purposes might be. Again, who decides whether those new purposes and uses are permissible?

Chair: Professor Chris Marsden, Professor of Media Law, University of Sussex

Welcome to the big data world
Simon Deane-Johns
, Consultant Lawyer

Reusing Historic Data
Randolph EJ Cheeks Jr,
Attorney at Law, Jamaica

Regulation v private governance: drawing the line
Carl Wiper
, Senior Policy Officer, ICO

10.45 - 11.00 am: Coffee

11 am - 12.30 pm: Next generation Cloud
 The Cloud is no longer on the horizon, but so closely overhead that almost every technology user is also a cloud user. Business models are (perhaps) stabilising, and the legal and policy issues are coming to the fore. Chief among them is how to assert, or regain, control over data – usage, location and dissemination.

Professor Chris Reed,
Professor of Electronic Commerce, Queen Mary University of London

Accountability for Cloud
Nick Wainwright
, European Projects Director, HP Labs

Geography or technology, Virtualisation and control
Kuan Hon
, Research Consultant, Cloud Legal Project, Queen Mary University of London

Context and Controls for Privacy in the Cloud
Stephen Bolinger,
EMEA Privacy Attorney, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Limited

12.30 pm: Close of Forum

Fees & administration notes:
Attendance on both days of the Policy Forum: SCL Members: £375 + VAT (£450)
,  Non-members: £450 + VAT (£540) and £50 + VAT (£60) for students in full-time education and SCL academic and unemployed members.

All day - Thursday 12 September 2013 (including lunch): SCL Members: £250 + VAT (£300) , Non-members: £300 + VAT (£360).

Morning only - Thursday 12 September 2013 (no lunch): SCL Members: £125 + VAT (£150), Non-members: £150 + VAT (£180).

Afternoon only - Thursday 12 September 2013 (no lunch): SCL Members: £125 + VAT (£150), Non-members: £150 + VAT (£180).

Friday 13 September 2013: SCL Members: £125 + VAT (£150), Non-members: £150 + VAT (£180).

Attendance at Dr Ian Brown's keynote lecture on Thursday 12 September 2013 is free of charge for all.
Please note: Places for both days of the Policy Forum only can be booked online. If you wish to attend one day or part of a day of the Policy Forum only, please email to reserve your place and request an invoice.

Students and SCL academic and unemployed members please note that you cannot book online.  To reserve your place and request an invoice please email

Booking online requires immediate payment with a credit or debit card via our secure online payment system. Fees can be paid by cheque (cheques should be made payable to "Society for Computers and Law" please), Mastercard, Visa, Switch or bank transfer. All invoices for attendance at the Forum must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date or prior to the Forum taking place.

Fees can be paid by cheque (cheques should be made payable to "Society for Computers and Law" please), Mastercard, Visa, Switch or bank transfer. All invoices for attendance at this seminar must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date although payment before the date of the event would be appreciated.

Non-members wishing to join the Society and attend the Policy Forum will be entitled to attend the Policy Forum at the SCL members rate and will receive annual membership of the Society including 6 copies of the SCL magazine "Computers & Law" plus notification of future SCL events. The cost of an annual SCL membership is £115.00. NB: SCL is a body approved in the UK by HMRC and the annual membership subscription is an allowable deduction from earnings from employment for tax purposes.

CPD: Under the Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD scheme this event is accredited with 10 hours over 2 days (including Dr Ian Brown's keynote lecture).

Under Barristers' New and Established Practitioner Programmes, this event may be awarded CPD. The application is pending. Hours will be confirmed to barrister delegates in the event that accreditation is awarded.

If you have any queries about your application for this event or SCL membership please contact: Maddie Southorn, Tel: 0117 9041242, Email:

Booking terms and conditions for the SCL Policy Forum:  
Application online or by email constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the full event fee. Cancellations will only be accepted and refunds made in respect of written cancellations received in Bristol by 09.00 hours on Thursday 5 September 2013. 

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the Society for Computers and Law to change the content/timing of the programme and/or speakers.

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