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CRISP Annual Lecture 2017
2017 CRISP Annual Lecture to be delivered by Rosemary Agnew the former Scottish Information Commissioner.
Her lecture is titled 'Reflections on the tensions between transparency, access to information and personal data'
Rosemary Agnew is the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, a post she took up on 1 May 2017. She is better known to many of us as the (now former) Scottish Information Commissioner: a post she held for five years, from 2012. Rosemary is committed to openness and transparency of public services, a critical part of which is access to data and information. Through her work as Information Commissioner and Ombudsman, and through personal interest, she has gained a unique perspective on the relationship between data, information, access and public service. This evening she will share with you some of her thoughts about this and how these have developed over time.
The lecture will take place on 16th November 2017 at the University of St Andrews and will be followed by a wine reception. Attendance is free, and all attendees must register via firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRISP Launches New Book Series on Surveillance
CRISP is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with Routledge to provide a new book series titled 'Studies in Surveillance'. This is the world's first book series dedicated to the topic of surveillance.
Public Lecture Series in New Zealand International surveillance expert to talk smart cities and big data
A world-leading expert in data protection and privacy governance from the United Kingdom will deliver the first of a series of public lectures at Victoria University of Wellington on Tuesday 16 August.
Professor William Webster of Scotland’s University of Stirling is an internationally recognised scholar for his work in the governance and regulation of privacy and data protection.
As the 2016 NZ-UK Link Foundation’s Visiting Professor, he will be based at Victoria University’s School of Government during his three-month tenure.
Professor Webster’s first public lecture will set out what it means to live in a surveillance society and examine how those often subtle and hidden surveillance technologies are governed.
'In modern society, surveillance processes, which are embedded in new technology, determine our life chances and impact everything we do. Being aware of it, and its consequences, are critical to understanding how surveillance can and should be governed. 'For example, I’ll be looking at how public agencies have become the guardians of our digital personas and have a significant responsibility to ensure that the surveillance society works in our best interests.'
In his second public lecture, Professor Webster will discuss the new emerging phenomenon of ‘smart cities’—cities that have integrated public and private data sets to produce innovative and more efficient services and delivery platforms—such as Glasgow, Amsterdam and Barcelona. 'The notions of ‘smart cities’ and big data hinge on the idea that data can be transformed in new and previously unforeseen ways to extract value for the public. 'Smart cities are complex environments to work in that make the ownership of the data less clear-cut than we’ve previously seen. They impact on the design, delivery and regulation of public services, and there’s a vital need for responsible processing of personal data.'
Professor Brad Jackson, the head of Victoria’s School of Government, is delighted to be hosting a scholar of Professor Webster’s calibre.
'William shares the School of Government’s passion for direct engagement with policymakers and citizens in advancing better government. His expertise builds on the important work by our Chair in Digital Government, Professor Miriam Lips, to spearhead informed debate on the uses and potential abuses due to the intensification of ICT in public and private lives.'
Public Lecture 1:
What: Surveillance Matters: Your life in a surveillance society
When: 5.30pm, 16 August
Where: Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington
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Public Lecture 2:
What: eGovernment Evolutions: Managing information in an era of ‘smart cities’ and ‘big data’ public lecture
When: 12.30pm, 2 September
Where: Lecture Theatre 3, Old Government Buildings, 15 Lambton Quay, Wellington
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SmartGov Press Release
New ESRC Project Delivers Sustainability Through Smart Technologies
The University of Stirling has been awarded a prestigious ESRC grant, to undertake research on ‘Smart Cities’, a phenomenon that is becoming increasingly influential in how citizens, businesses and policy-makers use smart technologies to collectively engage in the re-design and shaping of local services, sustainability initiatives, and urban development.
The project, called ‘SmartGov: Smart Governance of Sustainable Cities’, is being funded by research councils in the United Kingdom (ESRC); the Netherlands (NWO), and Brazil (FAPESP).
Researchers and practitioners involved in the project will be meeting in Utrecht in June to assess and contrast Smart City developments across the globe.
Surveillance Guru Appointed As NZ-UK Link Visiting Professor at Victoria University of Wellington
Professor William Webster of the University of Stirling will be the NZ-UK Link Foundation’s first Visiting Professor to New Zealand. He is a recognised expert on the governance and regulation of privacy and data protection, and the implications and consequences of contemporary technologically intensive surveillance societies. Professor Webster will be attached to the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington for three months from 1 July.
2016 CRISP Annual Lecture with Duncan Campbell: Big data and Broken Law – Suspicionless Surveillance in a World of Ubiquitous Data. University of Edinburgh, 21 June 2016
CRISP is delighted to announce that the 2016 CRISP Annual lecture will take place on Tuesday 21st June 2016 in Edinburgh with Duncan Campbell, the renowned investigative journalist, author, and television producer. The title of the lecture is ‘Big data and Broken Law – Suspicionless Surveillance in a World of Ubiquitous Data’.
Duncan Campbell was the first journalist to reveal the existence of the global British electronic intelligence agency GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) and is well known for his investigations with the New Statesman and Panorama into Britain’s intelligence services.
The lecture will take place at 5.45pm at the University of Edinburgh and will be followed by a drinks reception. Attendance is free but places must be reserved by contacting CRISP@stir.ac.uk.
CRISP welcomes Giulia Carones, a StAR student
Giulia has joined the Stirling CRISP team as a volunteer in the ‘Student As Researcher (StAR)’ programme organised by the University of Stirling Student’s Union. Giulia will provide research and administrative support to the SmartGov research project and a number of CRISP activities, including the CRISP Doctoral Training School and Annual Lecture. Currently in her third year of undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Politics, she is gaining insight into the research process by being involved in research methods, project meetings and administration.
UK National Surveillance Camera Strategy
CRISP Director, Professor William Webster, has been appointed as a member of the Working Group formed by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner to advise on the implementation and development of the UK National Surveillance Camera Strategy. The strategy will shape the future provision of public space CCTV in the UK.
SmartGov Virtual Conference Successfully Connects Smart City Experts
The SmartGov Virtual Conference successfully brought together research teams, policy-makers and practitioners in Stirling, Glasgow, Utrecht in the Netherlands, and Sao Paolo and Curitiba in Brazil. Top of the agenda was how to use emerging technologies to engage citizens in sustainable governance practices. The Conference included presentations about the historical development of Smart Cities in the three countries, as well as a discussion about the emerging literature review and theoretical framework, to be utilised in the empirical aspect of the research.
CRISP Doctoral School, Edinburgh, 20-24 June 2016
Update 15 February 2016
CRISP has secured a stellar line-up of experts to contribute to the 2016 CRISP Doctoral School. Expert speakers confirmed for the Doctoral School include:
- Professor Kirstie Ball, Open University
- Duncan Campbell, Investigatory Journalist and Forensic Scientist
- Dr Richard Jones, University of Edinburgh
- Dr Michael Nagenborg, University of Twente
- Professor Charles Raab, University of Edinburgh
- Dr Kami Vaniea, University of Edinburgh
- Professor William Webster, University of Stirling
Additional speakers to be confirmed in due course. Further information about the Doctoral School can be found at www.crisp-surveillance.com
The deadline for applications is 25th March 2016.
CRISP Doctoral Training School
University of Edinburgh, 20-24 June 2016
Applications are now being accepted for participation in the third CRISP Doctoral Training School. The School will feature five days of intensive training in multi-disciplinary research methods and skills in the field of Surveillance Studies. It will also feature a range of knowledge-exchange and research-training activities, as well as providing social and networking opportunities.
The closing date for applications is Friday 25th March 2016. The fee for participation is £250.
Further information and the online application form are available on the CRISP website: crisp-surveillance.com
Alternatively, please contact CRISP@stir.ac.uk for further information.
CRISP 2016 CPDP Panel on Body Worn Cameras and Public Services
CPDP, Maison des Arts, Brussels, 27 January 2016
For the 2016 'Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP)' Conference, CRISP has organised an expert panel on 'Body worn cameras and public services'.
The panel includes contributions from:
- Alex Neumann (moderator), Researcher, VUB, Brussels
- Bart van der Aa, Chief Executive Officer, Zepcam
- Bryce Newell, Researcher, Tilburg University
- Kishor Mistry, Head of Policy and Support, UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner
- Marco van Zanten and Bart-Jan Harmsen, Dutch Police
- William Webster (Chair), CRISP, University of Stirling
Further information about CPDP: cpdpconferences.org
Is the jury out on CCTV?
Humanity Vs. Surveillance: 2015 CRISP Annual Lecture delivered by Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner
In this lecture, Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, examines the pros and cons of CCTV provision in the UK. How do you think the jury voted?
Public Lecture: CIBSE - Big Data and Building Engineering Services
18:30, 12 November 2015, Central London
CRISP Director Professor William Webster will speak on the topic if ‘Big data and Building Engineering Services’ at the CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers - Home Counties and North West Region) evening lecture in London in November. The event is open to the public and will be followed by a drinks reception.
BSRIA Briefing 2015 – Smart Data, Silver Lining or Black Cloud?
CRISP Director Professor William Webster will be speaking alongside Nick Hewer, from the Apprentice and Countdown, at the 2015 BSRIA Briefing in November. BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association) is a no-profit membership based organization providing specialist services in construction and building services. The topic of the 2015 briefing is ‘Smart data, silver lining or black cloud’ and will explore the business opportunities offered by big data and implications for the built environment.
Professor Webster to Speak at Global Security Conference
CRISP Director Professor William Webster will give the opening presentation of the 2015 Global MSC Security Conference in Bristol. The theme of the conference is ‘Technology and innovation in the security industry’ and Professor Webster will present on ‘The rise of SMART CCTV Technology’.
Visiting Scholar: Dr Caroline Lancelot-Miltgen
In October CRISP welcomed visiting scholar Dr Caroline Lancelot-Miltgen from the Audencia Nantes School of Management. Dr Lancelot-Miltgen is an expert in digital marketing, big data and privacy.
During her visit, Dr Lancelot-Miltgen presented a paper entitled ‘Exploring information privacy regulation, risks, trust and behaviour ‘ as part of the Management, Work and Organisational Divisional Seminar Series. The seminar took place on Thursday 22nd October.
SmartGov: CRISP awarded ESRC grant to study Smart Sustainable Cities
Professor William Webster and the Stirling CRISP research team have been awarded a 4 year ESRC grant entitled 'SmartGov: Smart Governance of Sustainable Cities'. The award was made under the FAPESP-ESRC-NWO joint call on Sustainable Urban Development and the project will run between 2015 and 2019. The SmartGov project incorporates international comparative research of three Smart cities, in the UK, Netherlands and Brazil, and there are partner research institutions in Utrecht and Sao Paulo. The focus of the project is to assess the factors critical to the emergence of sustainable 'Smart' cities, with particular reference to the emergence of smart technologies, public services and citizen engagement.
Humanity Vs. Surveillance: The 2015 CRISP Annual Lecture, 23 November 2015
Tony Porter, the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner, will deliver the 2015 CRISP Annual Lecture entitled ‘Humanity Vs. Surveillance’. This lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session and a drinks reception. The lecture will take place in the Court Room at the University of Stirling. Admission is free, but participants must register a place via CRISP@stir.ac.uk
Big Data Surveillance: SSHRC award $2.5 million grant to build strategic relationship between CRISP and the Surveillance Studies Centre in Canada
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada has awarded a $2.5 million (Canadian Dollars) research/partnership grant to fund research into the vulnerabilities generated by big data surveillance. The project includes the development of a strategic relationship between the two preeminent academic surveillance research centres, the Surveillance Studies Centre in Canada and CRISP in the UK (Professor William Webster). The Big Data Surveillance Partnership Grant will bring together national and international academic partners, along with non-academic partners from public policy and activism groups including the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.
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