The University of Winchester

Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law

The First Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law will be held on Tuesday 29th April 2014 at the West Downs Campus, University of Winchester, UK.  The conference aims to explore the way that information is used and shared in today’s society, the challenges of the assessment of risk, the impact on privacy, the law’s response and the way that a multi-disciplinary approach can facilitate solutions.

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of the Children’s Society, will open the conference with a plenary address on the role of trust and information in assessing risk and protecting the vulnerable.  Norman Fenton, Professor of Risk Information Management at Queen Mary University, will provide a keynote speech on improving probability and risk assessment in the law.  The final plenary session will include discussion of anonymisation of personal data, led by a panel of experts in the statistical, computer science, technology and legal fields: Martin Borrett, (Director of IBM Institute for Advanced Security Europe), Dr Mark Elliot (Manchester University), Dr Kieron O’Hara (Southampton University) and Mark Webber, (Partner & Head of Technology, Osborne Clarke).

The conference is open to academics, postgraduate students and practitioners, and in particular those working in law, health and social care, law enforcement, information management, privacy, compliance, statistics, probability, data science and computer science.

The conference will focus on the overall theme of trust, risk, information and the law with specific reference to:

  • Taking a risk: does the law deal with risk in the right way?
  • Trust & Transparency: freedom of information and open data as constitutional and democratic issues;
  • Probability, evidence and the law;
  • Information and protecting the sick and vulnerable: assessing risk & balancing privacy and the public good;
  • Crime, surveillance and data analysis;
  • Big Data, profiling and social media.

Selected papers will be reviewed for publication in a special section/issue of the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues.

For details of the conference programme and to book, please click here. For more information, please contact Marion Oswald marion.oswald@winchester.ac.uk

Papers are invited for submission by Friday 6th December. For full details visit the Call for Papers.