Week 3: Personal data: freedom and rights, 29 March 2017, 5:30pm 2017-03-16T15:24:06+00:00

Wolfson-HAT Symposium – March 15-April 5


Covering areas such as privacy, security, access rights, regulation, transaction costs and ownership, property rights

This session will l be chaired by Professor John Naughton



More information coming soon.

John Naughton, University of Cambridge, Chair

John Naughton was elected a Fellow of the College in 1992 and is now an Emeritus Fellow; he served as Vice-President from 2011-2015. By background a systems engineer with a strong interest in the social impacts of networking technology, he has written a weekly column for the Observer since 1987. He has written extensively on technology and its role in society, is the author of a well-known history of the Internet – A Brief History of the Future (Phoenix, 2000) – and is currently working on changes in our information ecosystem brought about by technological change. His latest book – From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: what you really need to know about the Internet – is published by Quercus Books. He was the Academic Advisor to the Arcadia Project at Cambridge University Library, which ran from 2008-2012 and investigated the role of the academic library in a digital age. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) where (with Professor Richard Evans and Professor David Runciman) he is a Principal Investigator on the Leverhulme-funded research project on “Conspiracy and Democracy”.


Roger Taylor, Open Public Services Network

Entrepreneur and writer enthralled by the power of data and appalled by the power that governments and corporations hold over data. Published this summer, Transparency and the Open Society (Policy Press) describes the successes and disappointments of transparency efforts around the world and sets out how greater citizen control of information and stronger shared democratic rights over data are needed if we are to live in a world where we can trust data driven technologies rather than fear them. God Bless the NHS (Faber and Faber 2013) tells the history of the battle between governments and professionals for control over health services and looks at how both might ceded more control to patients for the benefit of all concerned. Currently working on how young people could be supported to make decisions about their future. Moments of Choice (The Careers & Enterprise Company 2016) looks at the experience of teenagers thinking about their future and explains why so many disengage from decisions when faced with the overwhelming task of trying to choose a future career.