Upcoming Events

Data Privacy in the Big Data Era

Auckland: Tuesday 4 June 2019: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Wellington: Tuesday 11 June 2019: 5:30pm-7:00pm

The technology and promise of big data, together with algorithms and artificial intelligence, have revolutionised our society. They bring not only new opportunities, but also risks, to the way we live, work and make decisions. In private business and in the public sector, these evolving technologies have been used for the purposes of profiling, monitoring, predictive analysis and risk calculation. At the same time, we, as individuals, have become digitised data selves. More worrying, the proxy data self can dictate the life of the corporeal self, as we have seen in the practice of financial credit scoring or social credit scoring.

This lecture explores data privacy protection for the digitized persona, focusing on the challenges brought by profiling. The speaker argues that we should move from a pure opt-in consent regime to an accountability model for big data analytics.

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Rating Reputation: Online Defamation and the Search for a Techno-legal Solution

Thursday 6 June 2019: 5:00pm – 6:00 pm

The 21st century has witnessed a blossoming of rating, evaluation or even blacklisting sites. We are living in a “reputation nation,” where our conduct is evaluated often by anonymous individuals in different aspects, entailing the dangers of shame sanctions. This reputation rating system is far from being a system of formal adjudication. It may carry false or incorrect information, and may not allow an individual to correct such information.

Drawing on judicial jurisprudence in the UK, US and Germany on online rating sites, this presentation examines how different jurisdictions have endeavoured to strike the balance between reputation and freedom of expression. What has yet to be addressed is the issue of how to develop a new model with an appropriate procedural layout that can accommodate social norms, technological advancement and the legal right to protect reputation on online platforms. In this lecture, the speaker advocates for a new regime that requires online rating sites to have netiquette and information policy, including the right to reply amongst other requirements.

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