[Air-L] DATA-PSST! event - Tackling Transparency Beyond the Nation-State (travel bursaries)

Andrew McStay mcstay at bangor.ac.uk
Sun Mar 13 19:27:01 PDT 2016

Hi all,

Offering not selling...

There are limited places and travel bursaries left at the next DATA-PSST!<http://data-psst.bangor.ac.uk/index.php.en> event (Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements - Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust). This seminar is on Tackling Transparency Beyond the Nation-State.

This inter-disciplinary and multi-end user seminar will be held at Cardiff University on 31 Mar 2016, 10-5pm.

If you'd like to participate, please mail Vian Bakir asap (v.bakir at bangor.ac.uk<mailto:v.bakir at bangor.ac.uk>). You will need to provide a short Position Statement, that will we host on our blog<http://data-psst.blogspot.co.uk/>. Places and travel bursaries will be allocated according to strength of Position Statement and under-represented positions.

The full seminar advert follows.

This is the fifth of six seminars in the ESRC-funded DATA-PSST! seminar series.

Advanced technologies and the increased inter-connectedness of state and private actors across borders allow for a constant flow of data around the globe. This provides opportunities for law enforcement and intelligence authorities to monitor terrorist suspects and criminals - but also the ordinary citizen. In the context of counter-terrorism, this kind of surveillance often also involves cooperation between states but also with private enterprises, such as banks and other financial authorities, as well as companies like Google and Facebook. Given the cross-border and cross-sector nature of these practices, questions arise about the utility of trying to regulate and control data-sharing at the national level only. In addition, tensions emerge between expectations of sovereign rights and responsibilities on one hand and regional and global cooperation on the other hand. increasingly, regional actors, such as the EU and the Council of Europe, and also the UN are involved in regulating data-sharing, protecting privacy and challenging excessive surveillance by security authorities. This seminar will focus on the ongoing attempts at the European and international level to regulate, confine and oversee the global flow of information. To do so, it brings together scholars and practitioners of international relations, political science, international law and human rights to examine key debates, analyse strengths and weaknesses of existing mechanisms of regulation and oversight and explore questions about which political level is best suited to such a demanding mandate.

Some of the subsidiary questions that will frame this seminar include:

- How are concepts of borders, states and territory relevant in the practice of safeguarding human rights online?

- What are the key regional and global mechanisms in place for regulating data- sharing, protecting privacy and challenging excessive surveillance by security authorities? How are these being adhered to, negotiated and/or contested?

- What tensions have emerged in the UK and the EU in the context of attempts to impose international controls on data-sharing and privacy safeguards?

The seminar will be organized around these key questions and all participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate. In addition to short keynote talks, the seminar will function by means of position statements and roundtable discussions.



Andrew McStay
Reader in Advertising and Digital Media
Director of Media and Persuasive Communication Network (MPC)
School of Creative Studies and Media
Bangor University

Recent book: Privacy and Philosophy: New Media and Affective Protocol<http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=68001&cid=533>
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