2021 Festival 8-18 July

Who Owns You (and Your Data)

Let’s get down to the dirty business end of digital privacy. Your data might well be about you, but is it yours? To sort this out once and for all, we’ll bring a bunch of (mostly) great minds to debate and discuss hypotheticals around the claim: Who owns you (and your data)?

Oh, and once we’ve got that sorted, they’ll be VR games and other things to help us jump further into the digital world.

The panel:

  • John Edwards was appointed to the independent statutory position of Privacy Commissioner in February 2014. He is currently serving his second five year term.  He provides independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues. Prior to his appointment, John practiced law in Wellington for over 20 years specialising in information law while representing a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has acted in legal roles for the Ministry of Health, State Services Commission, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Inland Revenue Department. For 15 years, he held a warrant as a district inspector for mental health and has also been a district inspector for intellectual disability services.

  • David Eyers is an Associate Professor within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Otago, having moved to New Zealand after his studies at the University of Cambridge. He has broad research interests, including studying technical mechanisms to support cloud computing, information security, data privacy, and data provenance tracking. These technologies are relevant to recent developments in global-scale systems such as social networking platforms, which are themselves having increasingly large global impacts, both positive and negative.

  • Mandy Henk is a librarian, writer, and advocate for healthy, just, and vibrant digital communities. She is the author of Economy, Ecology, Equity: The Path to a Carbon Neutral Library (ALAEditions 2014), and since 2017, she has held the role of CEO for Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons, a not-for-profit organisation that supports New Zealand to become a digital nation through education, advocacy, and community building.

  • Richard White has a copyright brain and an open access heart. He does his day job at the University of Otago helping other people think about these two things. Outside of work he is a musician raised amid the Dunedin-sound but force fed confectionary pop.

  • Phillip Wilcox (Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Rongomaiwahine) is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Otago’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, with experience in applied genomics and statistical genetics. He is the current convenor of MapNet, a NZ-wide collective of gene mapping scientists and the Project Leader of the Virtual Institute for Statistical Genetics. He co-leads two MBIE-funded genomics-based projects focussing on Māori health, and was also a mandated spokesperson for Ngati Rakaipaaka regarding the Rakaipaaka Health and Ancestry Study. He has worked on genetics of plant species (particularly forest trees) and human diseases. He teaches tikanga-based frameworks in science papers (including indigenous data sovereignty) at both graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as statistics and quantitative genetics. He also co-teaches the Summer Internship of indigenous peoples in Genomics Aotearoa, and is a member of the Health Research Council’s Ethics Committee.

  • Moderator Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago. His research interests include administrative law, constitutional law, legal theory, and the regulation of the relationship between humans and non-human animals.

Light refreshments and a drink included in the ticket price.

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