Webinar: Surveillance Capitalism or Personalised Progress? A Trinity Hall Law Society Event

Date & timeFriday, 12 March 6:00pm
CostFree of charge
Booking closing date Friday, 12 March 12:00pm
Event type Webinar

Surveillance Capitalism or Personalised Progress? Regulating the Digital Frontier
with panellists Bojana Bellamy, Dr David Erdos and Jim Killock
chaired by Joel Harrison (1997)
sponsored by Slaughter and May


Trinity Hall Law Society brings you “Surveillance Capitalism or Personalised Progress? Regulating the Digital Frontier.”


Profiling and tracking is not only the quasi-currency which makes much of online experience possible but is also crucial to the development of more personalised services which we demand and value.  But the spread of these practices, especially at scale and through a large globalised ecosystem, also raises many concerns.

  • Are computers prying on the most intimate parts of our lives and is the private data extracted, distributed and stored really safe?
  • Does tracking make it impossible for us to escape our past and start afresh?
  • And does profiling through artificial intelligence driven by profit, lead to the risks of unchecked unfairness creeping in both at an individual level and also in terms of discrimination between groups?

The reforms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and existing electronic privacy rules were in large part prompted by these concerns, but they have faced criticism on the grounds of impracticability, red-tape and an apparent lack of effectiveness.

This panel will provide an opportunity to address all of these issues which, with our lives moving increasingly online (a process supercharged by the Covid crisis), are achieving ever increasing prominence.

The webinar will take place at 6.00pm (GMT) on Friday 12 March with a panel discussion for approximately 30 minutes and an opportunity for Q&A at the end. There is no charge to attend however booking is required. This webinar will be hosted live via Zoom.

Following the webinar there will be the opportunity to network with current students. Spaces will be limited for this, but if you would be interested in chatting to students about careers in law amongst other things, please select “Yes” in the box on the booking form.


Joel Harrison (Chair)

Joel Harrison

Joel graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge with a master’s degree in Law in 2000. He is now a partner at Milibank in the Technology Practice who advises on everything technology-related, including cloud computing, outsourcing and licensing, as well as disputes and renegotiations. He also specialises in data privacy and cybersecurity, advising on the full range of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. His clients include some of the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions. Joel is ranked as a leading individual for IT and outsourcing in Chambers, and is noted for his deep understanding of technology. Joel is listed as a leading individual in both Information Technology and Outsourcing and in Chambers & Partners. In 2006, he was included in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ list of the top 100 lawyers in Europe.

Bojana Bellamy (Panellist)

Bojana BellamyBojana is the President of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), a preeminent global information policy think tank located in Washington, DC, London and Brussels. With more than 20 years of experience and deep knowledge of global data privacy and cybersecurity law, compliance and policy, she has a proven industry record in designing strategy, and building and managing data privacy compliance programs. Currently, Bojana sits on the Datum Future Advisory Board, the Internet Commission Advisory Board, the OECD’s Privacy Guidelines Expert Group and the Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law Data Protection Consultation Board, as well as the Advisory Board of the Tech, Law and Security Program (TLS) at the American University Washington College of Law. Bojana was also the recipient of the 2019 International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Vanguard Award, which recognizes privacy professionals for outstanding leadership, knowledge and creativity in the field of privacy and data protection. Prior to joining CIPL, Bojana served for 12 years as the Global Director of Data Privacy at Accenture, and worked for eight years as Principal Consultant with Privacy Laws & Business.

Dr David Erdos (Panellist)

David ErdosDr David Erdos is Deputy Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL) and University Senior Lecturer in Law and the Open Society in the Faculty of Law and also WYNG Fellow in Law at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. David’s current research explores the nature of Data Protection especially as it intersects with the right to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of information and freedom of research. In addition, David continues to have a research interest in bill of rights and related constitutional developments, especially in the UK and other ‘Westminster’ democracies.


Jim Killock (Panellist)

Jim KillockJim is the Executive Director of the Open Rights Group, and since 2009, has led campaigns against three strikes and the Digital Economy Act, the company Phorm and its plans to snoop on UK users, and against pervasive government Internet surveillance. He is working on data protection and privacy issues, as well as helping ORG to grow in size and breadth. He was named as one of the 50 most influential people on IP issues by Managing IP in 2012. In the same year, ORG won Liberty’s Human Rights Campaigner of the Year award alongside 38 Degrees, for work on issues from copyright to the Snooper’s Charter. Jim is a trustee of FreeUKGen, the volunteer project to digitise genealogical records, and sits on the Governance Board of CREATe, the UK’s research centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy. He is on the Advisory Council of the Foundation of Information Policy Research.


How to register

Online: Online booking is now open – please click here.

By email: Contact alumni@trinhall.cam.ac.uk with your name and how you are affiliated with the College. If you are an alumnus/alumna of the College, please include your matriculation year.

Please register no later than midday on Friday 12 March.

You will receive the joining instructions by 4pm (GMT) on Friday 12 March which will include the link to Zoom . If you have not received the link by this date and time, please check your spam box before contacting alumni@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.


If you have any queries, please contact Liz Pentlow on alumni@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.

Donations to the Student Support Fund

There is no charge to attend the webinar however, we would be incredibly grateful if you would consider donating what you may have spent on a drink on a night out to our student support funds. Donations will help students facing unexpected financial challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. No gift is too small as collectively, we can make a huge difference to our students. Thank you.

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