Blacknight is sponsoring the inaugural Digital Rights Europe Conference, in Dublin on April 15 (and we’re giving a 50% discount on the tickets – see below!) Antóin Ó Lachtnáin is on the organising team and he joins us on today’s podcast.
Click on the player above to listen to the show, or download it here: 16:47; 10MB; MP3.
Digital Rights Ireland is an advocacy group, “dedicated to defending Civil, Human and Legal rights in a digital age”. Founded in 2006, it has been to the forefront on many issues which have come to a head in recent years, such as privacy, web blocking and copyright reform.
The Digital Rights Europe Conference marks the first time that DRI has hosted a major international conference. Europe and EU Directives have huge significance for digital rights in Ireland, says Antóin, but Ireland itself is important for digital rights in a European context.
“29 of the 30 major cloud and online companies … have located international headquarters in Ireland, and as a result Ireland is something of a nexus for European law in particular … the point where the European approach to privacy meets the American approach to privacy”
Ireland’s first Minister for Data Protection, Mr Dara Murphy TD, will welcome delegates to the conference, and the event will be organised into three main tracks. The morning will be devoted to a plenary session on Privacy, Data Protection and Data Security, covering the recent ‘Europe v Facebook’ case (The Schrems Case), data security, UK law in light of the Snowden disclosures, and the issues that arise with the popularity of drones in both private and public body hands.
In the afternoon, there will be two parallel tracks: one on Access, Restrictions, Rights and Responsibilities; and another on Technology and Policing. The second afternoon track is sponsored by SOURCE, the Societal Security Network, and focuses on the intersection of technology and policing. Topics and panels will cover the use of body cameras, surveillance technology, social media, drone technology, and the use of mobile phone video both by law enforcement and bystanders.
The event has a particular focus on practical issues and is designed to facilitate Continuing Professional Development. Standard Tickets are €135 and ticket holders can choose to attend any sessions throughout the day. These tickets are also suitable for legal professionals who can self certify. CPD Tickets are €175 and qualify attendees for a CPD certificate for at least 5 hours of CPD credits for attendance on the CPD track. Tickets include full day entry, parking, WiFi, tea, coffee, and lunch.
Want 50% off those prices? Use the Blacknight discount code ‘DRIBK’ at the checkout!
Attendees will have access to the Blacknight Solutions Recharge Lounge, the breakout area for recharging delegates and recharging devices. The day will wrap up with post-event drinks in the hotel bar.