Privacy in the New Public Sphere, its Value and its Threats

Institute of Philosophy Public Symposium
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:00 - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 18:00

12th and 13th September 2018
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

CRISP Directors Professor Charles Raab and Professor William Webster will be speaking at the Institute of Philosophy’s symposium on ‘Privacy in the New Public Sphere, its Value and its Threats’.

This conference will focus on the value of privacy in contemporary society, and the threats it faces. The protection of privacy presents challenges in an increasingly digital world as new threats to privacy emerge. In cyberspace the legal responsibility to protect privacy from such threats straddles public and private institutions. The design of privacy protection is premised on assumptions about how ‘privacy’ is valued and how this warrants mechanisms that protect it from interference: our conference will investigate these assumptions. The event brings together philosophers, legal, media and computing science scholars, political theorists and practitioners.


12th September 2018

12.00 Registration

12.45 – 14.45 Technology and authority: undermining or supporting privacy?
William Webster (Stirling, Management School): "Privacy and the surveillance camera revolution"
Nora Ni Loideain (London, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies): "Augmented Powers require Augmented Accountability: Data-Driven Policing and Oversight"

14.45 Coffee break

15.00-17.00 The Value of Privacy and its Protection
Charles Raab (Edinburgh, Politics): "Privacy beyond the individual"
Paul de Hert (VU Brussels, Law): "Data protection in law as a medium towards value free discussions"

13th September 2018

10.00-12.00 Hate Speech and Political Speech In Private
Rae Langton (Cambridge, Philosophy): "Hate Speech in Public and Private"
Jonathan Heawood (IMPRESS): "Pseudo-Public Political Speech"

12.00 Lunch Break

13.15-15.15 Technologies of Privacy in Government and Computing
Annabelle Lever (Sciences Po, Paris): "Privacy and Petty Tyranny"
Emiliano de Cristofaro (University College London, Computer Science): "Genomic Testing and Privacy Issues"

15.15 Coffee break

15.30-17.30 A Public Sphere that Respects Privacy?
Baroness Onora O’Neill (Cambridge, Philosophy): "Privacy in a Digital World"
Martin Moore (Centre for the Study of Media, Communication, and Power, King's College London): "'Up to 5,000 data points' – Political Privacy in the Age of Big Data"

17.30 Closing Remarks and Reception
Mo Egan (Stirling, Law) and Rowan Cruft (Stirling, Philosophy)

The symposium is open to members of the public and is free of charge. Register for a place via the Institute of Philosophy.