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Identity in the Information Society: security, privacy, the future

Identity in the Information Society: security and privacy, a key issue for business, government and citizens today, will be the topic of the seventh Social Study of ICT Workshop, to be hosted by LSE on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 March

Renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier, BT Counterpane, will give the keynote address, entitled The Psychology of Security.

With the private and public sectors both adopting technologies that track physical persons in the name of security - their movements, financial transactions and health - citizens are being asked to accept state intrusions on their privacy undreamt of just a few years ago, while the marketing strategies of corporate enterprises rely on powerful profiling that leaves millions of consumers with nowhere to hide. The workshop will ask whether there can be a correct balance between security and privacy? Can technological intrusion into personal spheres be sustained in a democratic society? What does the future hold for identity?

The workshop will build around interesting contributions from a chosen set of distinguished academics and professionals working and researching in this area:

  • Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University;
  • Brian Collins, professor of information security, Cranfield University;
  • Simon Davies, director of Privacy International and visiting fellow at LSE
  • Gus Hosein, visiting scholar at the American Civil Liberties Union and visiting fellow, ISG, Department of Management, LSE
  • Terri Dowty, director of Action on Rights for Children
  • Ruth Halperin and James Backhouse, ISG, Department of Management, LSE;
  • Mireille Hilderbrandt, Free University, Brussels.

A panel session will round off the event with an interactive discussion involving panelists whose work focuses on diverse issues around the themes in the title of the workshop.

Identity in the Information Society: security, privacy, the future is on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 March, beginning at 9.30am in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London, WC2A. Registration is free of charge.

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Press: please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| to register attendance.

For further details on the programme, please visit the Information System Group. Alternatively, please contact Stella Mandehou on 020 7955 7385 or email s.mandehou@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

Identity in the Information Society: security, privacy, the future is organised by the Information Systems Group (ISG), part of the Department of Management at LSE. ISG gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Computer Society, the British HCI Group, and the Future of Identity in the Information Society (FIDIS). Information Systems and Innovation Faculty group| 

22 February 2007

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