Wolfson-HAT Annual Symposium on the Digital Person

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Wolfson-HAT Annual Symposium on the Digital Person


What’s personal data? It’s almost anything on the Internet that could be linked to an individual – not just email, addresses or credit card information, but also photographs, social media posts, documents (see what the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office determines as ‘personal data’). Personal data is currently one of the most talked-about subjects in both academia and practice when discussing the digital economy and the Internet. There are however many facets of personal data that need more robust discussion, particularly those concerning privacy and security.

With this in mind, the HAT Community Foundation has teamed up with Wolfson College Cambridge to host the Wolfson-HAT Annual Symposium on the Digital Person. The event, a series of four panel discussions held over four weeks in March and April 2017, will explore critical issues around the uses (and abuses) of our personal data, as well as the wider questions of the Digital Person, freedom, identity, security and innovation.

With broad-ranging appeal, the series is designed to interest practitioners and policy makers, as well as academics in the sciences, humanities and social sciences with discussions relating to law, computer science, history, sociology, entrepreneurship, business, economics and the global society.

The Wolfson-HAT Annual Symposium on the Digital Person will be held in Lee Hall at Wolfson College, Cambridge on the following Wednesdays:

Week 1: 15 March 2017, 5.30pm – Personal data: digital personhood

Covering topics such as the expression of digital identity, curating personal, digital narratives and memories, proxies of digital self, digital and physical world connections, online identities and understanding how individuals and society could benefit from the value of digital selves.

Session chair: Professor Wendy Moncur, Interdisciplinary Chair of Digital Living, University of Dundee

Confirmed speakers: Professor Irene Ng, WMG & HATDeX and Siân Lindley, Microsoft Research


Week 2: 22 March 2017, 5.30pm – Personal data: Industry and Markets

Covering areas such as personal data as a commodity that fuels $31b of the advertising economy, exchange mechanisms, transactions, industry practices, monetization, dataification, digitization.

Session chair: Professor Irene Ng, Professor of Marketing & Service Systems, WMG, University of Warwick


Week 3: 29 March 2017, 5.30pm – Personal data: freedom and rights

Covering areas such as privacy, security, access rights, regulation, transaction costs and ownership, property rights.

Session chair: Professor John Naughton, Emeritus Fellow, Wolfson College & Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge

Confirmed speaker: Roger Taylor, Open Public Services Network


Week 4: Personal data: Innovation and Analytics, 5 April 2017, 4.30pm (including a wrap-up session)

Covering areas such as personal data creation, schemas, analytics, transformation, algorithms and technical issues of storing, moving, using and display, human factors and interaction.

Session chair: Professor Jon Crowcroft, Marconi Professor of Communications Systems, University of Cambridge


Spaces are limited, so please register to attend ASAP!



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