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Data Protection and Incident Response

Recently I was invited to give a one-hour presentation on Data Protection and Incident Response, looking at how the demands of the two fields align and support each other, and how law and guidance have come to recognise that over the past decade or so. I finished with some thoughts on areas – data collection […]

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Thinking with GDPR

[Based on a presentation for the NISO Plus conference, February 22-25, 2021] One thing it seems everyone knows about Europe is that we have a strong privacy law: the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. In this talk I’d like to get you viewing that not just as a law, but as a really useful […]

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Care with “Ethics”

I was invited to be a “catalyst” or “provocateur” for a discussion on Data Ethics, hosted by the Institute for the Ethics of AI in Education. Here goes… This has definitely been my “summer of Ethics”: I’ve read, listened, discussed and learned a lot. Mostly good, but here are four tendencies that concern me. Don’t […]

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Watch this space

Thinking through an idea that occurred to me during our SOCITM ShareNational panel on ethical use of data and technology. What happens if we explicitly think about “our spaces, which people use”, rather than “people that use our spaces”? That may seem like a semantic quibble, but I think it leads in three interesting directions: […]

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Is our technology comforting?

When I was invited to join a panel at the SOCITM ShareNational event for local government I presumed my role was to provide a different, external, perspective on “Ethical Use of Emerging Technologies and Data”. So I offered to contribute a five-minute “sparkler” introduction: a bit of illumination, some striking of ideas, maybe a smile. […]

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AI & Ethics – a mini-MOOC

As part of Jisc’s exploration of Artificial Intelligence, we’ve created a free “mini-MOOC” (mini, because you should be able to complete it in 30 minutes, or longer if you do the additional reading). We’re planning to run it monthly, but you can sign up any time for the next run. The course, and the format […]

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Data and the return to campus

[Update: a recording of my talk is now available] When I submitted my proposal for a talk at the EUNIS 2020 conference, I was planning to talk about the need to work with staff and students to agree why and how to use intelligent campus sensors and data. That was intended to be looking into […]

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EUNIS 2020 Keynote: Ethics and the Intelligent Campus

I’ll be delivering the opening keynote, “See No… Hear No… Track No…: Ethics and the Intelligent Campus“, at the EUNIS 2020 (online) conference on Wednesday June 10th at 0815 (UK-time). Registration for the conference is free, and there are lots of other interesting talks on the programme.

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Signposts for ethics in immersive technologies

[What I meant to say at the Westminster e-Forum on Immersive Technologies] Here we have some creepy applications of immersive technologies. Body-cameras and mobile phone apps that scan every passing face and search for anything they can find out about their identities and contacts… Incidentally, I’ve no idea what the smiley faces on the body-cam […]

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Thinking about data?

The question mark in the title of my Digifest talk is the key point, because I wonder whether data is the wrong place to start. In our current digital landscape, we’re all too used to hearing ourselves described as “silkworms”, donating “new oil” to “surveillance capitalists”; even the term “data subject” has a dehumanising feel. […]