Question Time event: the future of surveillance cameras

21 Feb 2018, 6.00PM–8.00PM
Venue: London School of Economics, 99 Aldwych, London
James Naughtie
Question Time event: the future of surveillance cameras

'Ask your questions and join the debate', at this special event to be hosted by James Naughtie, Chancellor of the University of Stirling and BBC broadcaster.

Speakers include Tony Porter (Surveillance Camera Commissioner); Lord Brian Paddick (Lords Spokesperson for Home Affairs; Silkie Carlo (Director, Big Brother Watch); Chief Constable Mike Barton (Police lead for crime operations); Simon Israel (Channel 4 News) and Professor William Webster (CRISP, University of Stirling).

This event is free of charge and open to staff, students and members of the public.

James Naughtie BBC broadcaster and journalist James Naughtie is best known as a presenter of the Today programme, which he anchored for over 21 years. He had previously worked on the The World at One, where he succeeded Sir Robin Day, following a career in newspapers, much of it as a political correspondent at Westminster. James has written and presented many documentaries on Radio 4, and prize-winning series including The Making of Music (the story of classical music) and New Elizabethans, profiling 60 of the most influential figures in Britain over the first 60 years of the Queen's reign. He has anchored every election results programme for BBC Radio since 1997 and a wide range of important events for both radio and television - from presidential inaugurations and Papal installations to D-Day commemorations and Royal funerals. As an author, Jim wrote The Rivals, a ground-breaking account of the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and books on music and American politics.

Tony Porter was appointed Surveillance Camera Commissioner in March 2014. He has a combination of business and law enforcement expertise. He is an intelligence specialist (most recently within the financial sector) and retired senior police leader. His experience spans community and business engagement, international counter terrorism and serious and organised crime. His role as Surveillance camera Commissioner is to: encourage compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice; review how the code is working; provide advice to ministers on whether or not the code needs amending; and, provide advice and information to the public and system operators about the effective, appropriate, proportionate and transparent use of surveillance camera systems.


Lord Brian Paddick, Lords Spokesperson for Home Affairs, was a police officer for over 30 years rising to the most senior levels of the Metropolitan Police at Scotland Yard.  He was widely praised for his role as police spokesman following the terrorist attacks on London in 2005. Brian later stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London in 2008 and in 2012. He was appointed to the House of Lords in September 2013 and in 2015 he was appointed as Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson in the Lords. In October 2016 he was made Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department under Tim Farron. 

Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch, has recently been appointed as Director of Big Brother Watch. Prior to this, she was the Senior Advocacy Officer at Liberty where she led a programme on Technology and Human Rights and launched a legal challenge to the Investigatory Powers Act. She previously worked for Edward Snowden's official defence fund and whistleblowers at risk. She is a passionate campaigner for the protection of liberties, particularly in the context of new and emerging technologies. She has worked to uphold rights in the fields of state surveillance, policing technologies, big data, artificial intelligence and free expression online. 

Simon Israel, is a Senior Home Affairs Correspondent for Channel 4 News. He provides robust independent reporting of home affairs and covers: crime, policing, terrorism, public policy, race, immigration, social justice and prisons. Simon has been involved in a number of award winning films on terrorism, G20 protests, the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, illegal immigration and suicides in prisons. He has been home affairs correspondent since 1998 and has broken a number of exclusives, including the resignation of the officer in charge of counter terrorism, racism in the crown prosecution service, the abuse of restraint methods on detained children and the Government's resettlement programme for refugees.

Mike Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and national police lead for Crime Operations. Michael is a proud Lancastrian and adopted Northeasterner who served in Lancashire Constabulary for 28 years before joining Durham Constabulary in 2008 as Assistant Chief Constable. He has been Chief Constable since 2012. Michael has long been a keen exponent of problem-orientated policing and integrated offender management, including restorative justice, and has successfully embedded these concepts in Lancashire and Durham. As the national policing lead for crime, Michael intends to use his position to ensure British policing is in the vanguard of tackling crime on the internet. He has attracted a degree of media attention through his advocacy for a ‘grown up’ debate on drugs challenging the efficacy of outright prohibition. 

Professor William Webster, CRISP, is Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Stirling Management School, University of Stirling. He is a Director of CRISP (the Centre for Research into Information Surveillance and Privacy), a research centre dedicated to understanding the social impacts and consequences of technologically mediated surveillance practices. Professor Webster has research expertise in the policy processes, regulation and governance of CCTV, surveillance in everyday life, privacy and surveillance ethics, as well as public policy relating to data protection, e-government, and electronic public services. He is co-chair of the Scottish Privacy Forum, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Information Polity and chair of the Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) COST Action. He is also involved in a number of international research projects, including the: SmartGov (smart cities governance), Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies (IRISS) and ASSERT (societal security) projects.