13th Social Study of ICTs Workshop

Revolution or Over-Regulation: Will data privacy reforms aid or stifle innovation?

The 13th annual SSIT workshop took place on Friday 26 April 2013, 9.00am-6.00pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Privacy challenges loom large amidst the continuing innovation of Big Data, cloud computing, the convergence of mobile phones and the internet, and social networking. Concerns have been expressed that new proposed legal frameworks in Europe to protect privacy as a fundamental right risk curtailing economically and socially valuable innovation generated by the internet and mobile technologies.  Equally however, the new legal frameworks may create conditions of trust for new business opportunities where individuals can have confidence in the marketplace and their interactions with governments. 

This year’s SSIT workshop has invited leading academics, policy makers and industry practitioners to open the discussion on the privacy challenges brought about by the latest wave of internet enabled technologies, data and services, the new regulation intended to address them, and the industry’s concerns that this will limit their capacity to innovate. The workshop will include:

  • theoretical analyses of the privacy threat within the current techno-organizational ecosystems and socio-political circumstances
  • presentations of industry strategies and government and NGO policies to address the risks inherent in ICT services and products
  • panel debates on the importance of the threat and on feasible action

Conference Organisers:

  • Chrisanthi Avgerou, Professor and Head of  Group, Information Systems and Innovaation Group, Department of Management, LSE
  • Gus Hosein, Executive Director, Privacy International
  • Edgar Whitley, Reader, Information Systems and Innovaation Group, Department of Management, LSE  Programme


Programme and downloads



Welcome and Introduction: Chrisanthi Avgerou


Using new technological tools to enable compliance with changing legal requirements, Edgar Whitley, LSE







Panel discussion I:  


Protecting society/protecting people: The proposed directive in the law enforcement sector


Chaired by Edgar Whitley


Panellists: David Smith, Deputy Commissioner, Information Commissioner’s Office; Ian Readhead, Director of Information, Association of Chief Police Officers; Anna Fielder, Privacy International






Panel discussion II: 


Protecting innovation or protecting information? The proposed regulation and innovative industries


Chaired by Simon Davies


Panellists: Marie-Helene Boulanger, Data Protection Unit, JUST, European Commission; Kasey Chappelle, Vodafone Group; Richard Allan, Facebook director of policy in Europe






The Problem with Privacy Protection and Why we need a Different Approach

Lucas Introna, Lancaster University 




To download a PDF of the programme, please click here|

SSIT Open Research Forum

The 9th SSIT Open Research Forum|  (SSIT-ORF 2013) was organised by the ISI Group's Research students and is linked to the main conference. It took place this year on Thursday 25th April 2013

It is an opportunity for IS researchers, at any level of experience and seniority, to discuss themes relating to the SSIT in an informal constructive setting. Primarily, the Forum provides an ideal opportunity for PhD and junior IS researchers to present their work and raise questions on issues of their concern: substantive, theoretical, methodological or practical. In previous years the Forum attracted also experienced SSIT researchers, supervisors and PhD programme directors whom we invite as mentors, to provide intellectual leadership. We expect that this year the Forum will have a similar mix of PhD, junior and experienced academics and that it will accommodate challenging discussions on the nature of SSIT.

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