IT Futures

University of Edinburgh

Conference 2014

Morals, Ethics, Surveillance, Security

The University’s IT Futures conference returns this year with the theme of Morals, Ethics, Surveillance, Security.

It will take place on Thursday, 11th December 2014 in G07, 0900-1630, Informatics Forum.

Data is just information, and like any large institution we have huge amounts of it. What can we really do with data, and what would it be wrong to do? What do we really need to protect, and why? What are the real concerns for us as individuals and as an institution?

In this year’s IT Futures conference, leading figures from our technical and academic communities will explore these and related issues. The focus will be less on technology as such than on the broader social, legal and ethical frameworks within which we operate.

Booking is now closed. Contact Angela dot Wilkinson at if you have any enquiry about the conference.

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Confirmed speakers (as of 8th December 2014)

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09.00- 09.30 Registration, with coffee
 09:30 – 10.00 Conference Opening: Sir Timothy O’Shea
 10:00 – 11.00 Morning Keynote: ‘Surveillance and Security: Threat, Protection and Research.’Charles D. Raab
 11.00-11.30 Coffee break
 11.30-12.00 When do you know too much? The ethics of detailed analysis.’   David Hope and Avril Dewar
12.00-12.30  ‘Geographic Information: WARNING HAZARDOUS MATERIAL.’ William Mackaness
12.30-13.00 The Ethics of Extended Cognition: Is having your computer compromised a personal assault?’
J. Adam Carter and S. Orestis Palermos
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00  Afternoon Keynote: ‘How Safe Does Your Data Need to Be?’ Brian Gilmore
 15.00 – 15.30  ‘Data Linkage for Research: engaging publics, exploring concerns’. Sarah Cunningham-Burley
15.30 – 16.00 Mulled Wine and Mince Pies