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Human rights in the age of technology symposium


Monday, 5 November

Goldsmiths, University of London

Deptford Town Hall, Council Chamber




Prof Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Inaugural Chair in Law, Goldsmiths, University of London   

10:00 PANEL 1

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other high profile cases of the abuse of data and in a world of disinformation, we ask:

How can the law be used to curb the manipulation and exploitation of private data?

Prof. Douwe Korff, London Metropolitan University

Professor of law at London Metropolitan University. He is a comparative and international lawyer, specialising in human rights and data protection.


Julie Ward MEP, European Internet Forum

Labour MEP for the North West Region since 2014 and a board member of the European Internet Forum. Member of Goldsmiths’ ‘Britain in Europe’ thinktank


Hannah Couchman, Liberty

Advocacy lead on technology and human rights, including surveillance, use of technology in policing, data rights and freedom of expression online


11.30 PANEL 2

Worst case scenarios (and how to avoid them)

Will Artificial Intelligence deepen social inequality and the digital divide?


Andreas Aktoudianakis, Open Society Foundations

Special assistant to the Director of the Open Society Foundation European Policy Institute


Jedrzej Niklas, London School of Economics

Research officer in department of Media and Communications for the Justice, Equity and Technology project


Indrė Vareikytė, European Economic and Social Committee

Member of the EESC working on media freedom, disinformation, civil empowerment and artificial intelligence.




14:00 PANEL 3

Watching over our private lives (and why it matters to resist and regulate)

What aspects of our lives are being monitored by the state and how can we hold governments to account?

Kilian Vieth, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

Manages SNV’s work on government surveillance and intelligence oversight, with specialism in digital human rights and critical security studies


Sabrina Rau, University of Essex

Senior officer, Human Rights, Big Data and Technology project


Jonathan McCully, Digital Freedom Fund

Legal adviser to the Digital Freedom Fund and Editor of Columbia University’s Freedom of Expression Case Law Database.




15.45 PANEL 4

Case study: Big Brother Watch v the UK


Bethany Shiner, Middlesex University

Lecturer in Law and Solicitor-Advocate at Middlesex University


Midori Takenaka, Associate Clifford Chance


Space for additional speaker from Amnesty International, Privacy International or BBC


17:00 CLOSE




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