Moderated by Gavin Sullivan, University of Kent
Digital communication permeates our everyday lives in handy devices such as smartphones, without which many organisational tasks, and routine activities would be severely limited. Such devices also facilitate greater surveillance of the person through the generation of personal data reflecting our social networks browsing patterns and personal interests, our medical history and sexual proclivities, and so forth. This panel asks who is harvesting big data, how, and for whom? What threat to human rights is posed by increasing concerns about national security and transnationally organised crime? In accessing and using our personal data, how accountable are the people and institutions invested in knowing everything about us: our employers, those that advertise their products and services to us, and - crucially - our governments.
Eric King, Independent Consultant; Queen Mary University of London
Anne Roth, Policy Advisor, German Bundestag
Wendy Betts, eyeWitness to Atrocities
Vitor Ido, University of São Paulo & Fundação Getúlio Vargas