O TEMPORA, o mores! Can the law control Digital Leviathan? - Dr Ian Brown to give the SCL Policy Forum 2013 Keynote Lecture - Thursday 12 September 2013, London

When: 12/09/2013
Code: HW/SFCL33

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Hosted and sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Chair: Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

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

Edward Snowden's dramatic revelations about the broad surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency have been called the most important leaks in American history. It seems the UK's equivalent intelligence agency, GCHQ, is equally busy wiretapping the world's Internet traffic. Yet the former chairman of the US House of Representatives' judiciary committee, Rep. Jim Sessenbrenner, says that "I authored the Patriot Act, and this is an abuse of that law." Matthew Ryder QC and Simon McKay say of the UK: "it is not the breaking of laws that is most troubling in this area, but the absence of them."

Can and should citizens of the world's democracies trust their governments with such power to peer into their every online move? Is it possible to provide "bright line" ex ante rules about the data collected in this secret world, or must we rely on ex post secret supervision to prevent abuse? What lessons are authoritarian states learning from these "democratic" Panopticons? How do we provide sufficiently robust guarantees that the former will not gradually - or suddenly - evolve into the latter? In this lecture Ian Brown will try to answer these difficult questions, and describe some options to ensure that the rule of law prevails in the Internet era.

Roger Bickerstaff
Roger is Joint Head of Bird & Bird's International IT Sector Group. Roger advises on all aspects of IT law to public and private sector clients, but he has a particular interest and experience in advising on public sector IT projects. Roger also has a significant level of expertise in public procurement law.  Roger is Chair of SCL.

Speaker's details:
Dr Ian Brown
is Associate Director of Oxford University's Cyber Security Centre and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. His work is focused on technology and public policy related to Internet privacy and security. Dr Brown spent December 2012-February 2013 working as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on their comprehensive study of global cybercrime. For the OECD, he co-authored with Peter Sommer the 2010 report "Reducing Systemic Cybersecurity Risk". His most recent books are Regulating Code: Good Governance and Better Regulation in the in the Information Age (with Christopher T. Marsden) and Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet.

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