Whose Web is it Anyway? @ Brighton Science Festival

Interesting discussion took place at the Sallis Benney Theatre on Thursday as part of the Brighton Science Festival,  exploring what rights we have to privacy on the Internet? It has become very clear over the last year that all of us need to be concerned about who has the rights to access the huge amounts of personal data that we create as we work, shop and play on the Internet. Cyber Security is set to remain a very hot topic for years to come as individuals, businesses and governments come to grips with what this means for them and what is the right balance between secrets, security and freedom in society today. Do we need new legislation or a new code of morals around privacy, security and trust in the digital world? Along with the panel of experts, we discussed these issues & tried to find answers to who will help us debunk the myths that abound in this area and shed some light on the dark Web? We didn’t find the answers, but it was an interesting discussion none the less. The panel included:

Dame Wendy Hall

Professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, co-founder of the new research discipline of Web Science and an expert in Web and Internet technology.

Brian Collins

Professor of engineering policy at University College London and head of the department of science, technology, engineering and public policy. He was previously chief scientific advisor to the Department of Transport and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Sadie Creese

Professor of cyber security in the department of computer science at Oxford University, director of Oxford’s Cyber Security Centre and director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity Building at the Oxford Martin School.

Michael Yip

Cyber intelligence analyst at Pricewaterhouse Coopers within their Cyber Threat Detection and Response team. Currently undertaking a PhD in Web Science at University of Southampton, he was recently quoted in The Times for his work in relation to the dark web.

Simon Fanshawe

The panel was chaired by the writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe, who frequently contributes to British newspapers, TV and radio.


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