Sunil Abraham, Executive Director of the Centre of Internet and Society

Even though the EU General Data Protection Regulation [previously Directive] has had tremendous impact across the world it is unclear that its commitment to classic privacy principles like a) consent b) purpose limitation c) data minimization and d) notice will survive the global challenge to data protection through the rise of Big Data. Only some of the harms emerging from Big Data can be addressed through data protection law – other harms need new safeguards that could come from a) non-discrimination law b) consumer law c) competition law d) procedural law. The public interest benefit of Big Data needs to be unlocked via deregulation.  In addition, the regulatory vacuum that has arisen between Open Data Policies and Data Protection Law because of sophisticated re-identification attacks needs to be addressed. The full range of regulatory interventions from across the spectrum may need to be used in order to respond to the challenge of Big Data and Algorithmic Control, for examples simple transparency and absolute prohibitions based on the precautionary principle.   


To register your interest, RSVP to by Friday 14th April 2017.

All welcome, but places are limited.

It is recommended that participants attend the lecture, “Digital India”, which Sunil Abraham will deliver on Friday 28th April, 5:30pm in Room 212, Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14), St Lucia Campus.

Sunil Abraham is the Executive Director of the Centre of Internet and Society. He is also a social entrepreneur and Free Software advocate. He founded Mahiti in 1998 which aims to reduce the cost and complexity of Information and Communication Technology for the Voluntary Sector by using Free Software. Between June 2004 and June 2007, he managed the International Open Source Network, a project of the UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme serving 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Between September 2007 and June 2008, he also managed ENRAP, an electronic network of International Fund for Agricultural Development projects in the Asia-Pacific facilitated and co-funded by International Development Research Centre, Canada. 


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