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Internet Society UK England – User Trust Webinar

In preparation for the European Chapters meeting (22-23 February 2017) we will have a 90 minutes Webinar / Conference call on Tuesday 14 February 2017 from 6pm to collect input from participants about the ways in which ISOC UK can/should engage with the theme of User Trust.

In June 2016 ISOC published a working paper “A policy framework for an open and trusted Internet” outlining the four interrelated dimension to be considered when developing policies for the internet. http://www.internetsociety.org/doc/policy-framework-open-and-trusted-internet

The aim of the European Chapters meeting is to build on this and identify specific areas related to User Trust that ISOC should prioritise and focus on when engaging with policy maker to build a trusted Internet.

The specific discussions around User Trust that have been proposed for the meeting are:

  • Ethical data handling
  • Privacy
  • Data breaches
  • Examples of collaborative security in action
  • Internet of Things – implications for security, privacy, control (who control which aspect of the device: user vs. service provider), liability in case of problems, longevity (e.g. devices embedded in infrastructure)
  • Digital Literacy – the need for people to understand basic aspects of how the internet, and digital services, work in order to: improve cybersecurity; be able to give informed consent to personal data usage; understand the implications of proposed legislation (e.g. snoopers charter); …
  • User generated content moderation – how to approach the issues related to fake news and editorial responsibility
  • An overview of the situation in Russia

Other areas of User Trust that might be especially relevant for ISOC UK could be:

  • Government surveillance powers (implications and legal challenges to the Investigative Powers Act)
  • The impact of nation-first, anti-globalization movement (Brexit)
  • Governance of the platform economy (e.g. Uber, Deliveroo), i.e. classification as ‘tech’ company to avoid regulations

Which areas should we prioritize? The chapters meeting is only one and a half days long so time is limited.

Looking beyond the European Chapters meeting, what kind of follow-up activities should ISOC UK pursue, e.g. digital literacy 101 for parliamentarians?

Topic: Internet Society UK and User Trust – Webinar
Time: Feb 14, 2017 6:00 PM London

Responsible Governance for Healthy and Sustainable Smart Platforms: Policy directions for the collaborative economy

Smart online platforms will be a vital enabler of future economic growth across the EU and a key component of  the EU single digital market. They also promise new ways to pool and mobilise society’s resources with the potential to address various impending social and environmental crises.

However, to reap these benefits, new thinking is required around the regulation and governance of smart online platforms to ensure balanced interests, and to promote fair and safe forms of participation, particularly relating to the role played by algorithms and data in driving economies of scale.

This policy event will provide a forum to address the following questions:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities for public policy of Smart Online Platforms?
  • How can we leverage platforms for a more equal, just, and knowledgeable society?
  • How can platforms play a role in reducing the social divide and retain hard-won rights and protections?
  • What  are the challenges and opportunities for existing industries from their disruptive business models?
  • How should the regulatory environment change and what new regulatory institutions or instruments may be needed?
  • How can these technologies support public objectives and help policy makers deliver solutions at greater scale and of greater impact?

This event is being organised by the Smart Society EU FET project which has been exploring technologies and governance models for the next generation of Smart Platforms. The event will include the launch of the Smart Society Social Charter, and high-profile keynote talks.

Preliminary Agenda

 9.30 - 10.00 Registration

10.00 - 10.45 Keynote:The landscape of the collaborative economy, Helen Goulden (Nesta)

10.45 - 11.30 Keynote: Responsibility in Collaborative Economies (TBC)

11.30 - 12.00 Coffee

12.00 - 13.00 A Social Charter for Smart Platforms

13.00 - 13.30 Questions and Discussion

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 15.15 Panel Session 

15.15 - 16.00 Closing plenary session

Libel, Privacy, Data Protection and Online Legal Action A Practitioner’s Guide

Legal training half day seminar on internet law organized by the Belfast Solicitors’ Association (“BSA”), in cooperation with the Bar of Northern Ireland.

AGENDA:

12.30 – 1pm LUNCH

WELCOME NOTE: @ 1PM (3 mins)

Chairman Bar Council Liam McCollum QC / Chairman BSA Olivia O’Kane (5 mins)

  1. KEY NOTE: (30- 45 mins?)
    Honourable Mr Justice Stephens –  INSERT TALK TITLE
  2. INSERT TALK TITLE (15-20)
    Olivia O’Kane, Solicitor
  3. Defamation Practice-Some Reminiscences and Lessons Learnt (15-20)
    David Ringland QC
  4. 2.40pm REFRESHMENTS
  5. Responsibility and accountability in algorithm mediated services – a look at regulatory and policy concerns (30 mins)
    Dr. Ansgar Koene, Senior Research Fellow: Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham
  6. Privacy – A poor man’s defamation law? (15 – 20mins)
    Ronan Lavery QC
  7. Computer Prefetch, Shellbags, and Mounted devices – what information can they glean for you? (30 mins)
    Paul Birch, BDO Computer Forensics

4 PM DRINKS & NETWORKING

Algorithms Transparency and Accountability in the Digital Economy event at the European Parliament

page-shot-2016-11-10-event-07-11-algorithmic-accountability-and-transparencyOn November 7th I attended the Algorithms Transparency and Accountability in the Digital Economy roundtable event that was organized by MEP Marietje Schaake for the purpose of “discussing which options the European Union has to improve the accountability and/or the transparency of the algorithms that underpin many business models and platforms in the digital single market.”

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