Big data, privacy and AI

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Who is responsible for decisions made by machines? What exactly does our right to privacy look like in this digital day and age?

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Tuesday 31 July 2018 06:00 pm until Tuesday 31 July 2018 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Future Students Centre
1300 135 045
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The La Trobe Law School
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Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture

You are invited to hear from Professor Joseph Cannataci, Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Human Rights Council and one of the world’s leading thinkers on data protection and big data.  Big data is the fuel that powers Artificial Intelligence. Although Artificial Intelligence technologies have been evolving over the last decade or so, the arrival of big data has accelerated their development and deployment.

The applications of such technology pose a new era of possibility and astonishing advancements, however the issue raises complex ethical and legal issues. Who is responsible for the decisions made by machines? How can we work out how Artificial Intelligence has made a decision? And how can we ensure that decisions are predictable and not manipulated?

Following the keynote address, a panel of La Trobe LawTech experts will join in the discussion, followed by a Question and Answer session with the audience. The panel will be led by Professor David Watts, Professor of Information Law and Policy at La Trobe Law School and the Special Rapporteur's big data lead.

The event will then conclude with complimentary drinks and canapés, along with an opportunity to network.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Joseph Cannataci, Special Rapporteur, United Nations Human Rights Council

Professor Joe Cannataci was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy in July 2015.

He is the Head of the Department of Information Policy and Governance at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta. He also holds the Chair of European Information Policy and Technology Law within the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen where he co-founded the STeP Research Group.

He is also a Full Professor, holding the Chair of European Information Policy and Technology Law within the Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, The Netherlands and additionally an Adjunct Professor at the Security Research Institute and School of Computer and Security Science, Edith Cowan University Australia. Vice-Chairman/Chairman of Council of Europe’s (CoE) Commmittee of Experts on Data Protection 1992-1998, Working Parties on: Data Protection and New technologies (1995-2000);  Data Protection and Insurance (1994-1998); CoE Rapporteur on Data Protection and Police (1993; 2010; 2012); CoE Expert Consultant on Data Protection and Cybercrime (2012-2014); UNESCO Expert Consultant on Privacy and Transparency on the Internet (2015);  Scientific Co-ordinator of multiple EU FP7 and H2020 research projects focussing on privacy. He was decorated by the Republic of France as Officier de l'Ordre de Palmes Academiques (2002) and appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy in 2015. His latest book The Individual and Privacy was published by Ashgate in March 2015.

Members of the panel

Professor David Watts, Professor of Information Law and Policy,  La Trobe Law School

David is the Professor of Information Law and Policy at La Trobe Law School and a member of La Trobe LawTech. He is the big data lead of the UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy and a member of the data privacy advisory group of the UN's Global Pulse. David is the former Privacy and Data Protection Commissioner for the State of Victoria, and has been the only information security regulator in Australia for over a decade.

Mira Stammers, Lecturer, La Trobe Law School

Mira is a lawyer and a legal entrepreneur. In 2013 Mira founded Legally Yours, an online legal marketplace connecting clients to virtual, fixed-fee lawyers. Legally Yours was launched in an effort to make legal services more accessible, transparent and affordable for all Australians. She was a finalist in the 2015 Women in Law Awards in the category of Thought Leader of the Year.  Mira writes and speaks on all areas of NewLaw, disruption and Legal Entrepreneurship. Earlier this year Mira published her book, The Modern Lawyer. Mira is a member of La Trobe LawTech.

Dr. Bridget Bainbridge, La Trobe Law School

Dr Bridget Bainbridge is widely recognised as an expert in the field of information privacy in Australia. Her background encompasses public policy, strategy and legislative development, regulatory systems and the alignment of operational practices (particularly in relation to information systems) with the legal and regulatory environment. Bridget is a member of La Trobe LawTech.

La Trobe LawTech

La Trobe LawTech is a research, educational and consulting hub that explores the multifaceted issues that arise when law, technology and innovation meet. La Trobe LawTech, established in 2017 at the La Trobe Law School, has close collaborative relationships with researchers in the La Trobe Business School, the Department of Computer Science and IT, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Current projects of La Trobe LawTech researchers include a German government-funded study of digital financial services regulation for the Central Bank of Jordan and a Compliance by Design study for the Department of Home Affairs, funded by the Data to Decisions CRC. La Trobe leads the law and policy program of the Data to Decisions CRC, a collaborative program involving La Trobe Law School, Deakin Law School and UNSW Law.


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