Why Privacy?

18 April 2016, 09:30 - 17:30

Rooms SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge CB3 9DT

A day-long interdisciplinary workshop.

The problem of privacy has emerged as a major preoccupation for those thinking about the politics of the digital. However, the public discourse on privacy — on how to define and to protect it — has typically failed to articulate precisely what is at stake. Moreover, concerns about privacy have a long history which pre-dates the rise of digital culture, and which have been expressed in a range of different forms, from dystopian novels and films, legal judgments and political leaks and scandals. The problem of privacy has been repeatedly reconfigured with the arrival of new technologies of writing, reading and communication. It is with this sense of historical change in mind that this workshop will bring together researchers in sociology, history, computing and law, with campaigners and policy-makers, journalists, psychologists and literary critics in order to develop a richer perspective on the meaning of privacy and its importance in the past, present and future. 
A keynote address will be delivered by Christena Nippert-Eng, author of ‘Islands of Privacy’ ahead of panel discussions including Barbara Taylor, Josh Cohen, Mary Aiken and David Vincent.

This event is free and open to all. Please register via Eventbrite

Excerpts for attendees to read prior to the event can be downloaded here: http://www.techdem.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/

09:30 - 9:50

Registration and coffee

09:50 - 10:00

Welcome and introduction by John Naughton (University of Cambridge)

10:00 - 11:15

Keynote address: "Why Privacy?"

  • Chair: John Naughton (University of Cambridge)
  • Keynote speaker: Christena Nippert-Eng (Indiana University)
11:15 - 11:30


11:30 - 13:00

Panel 1: The private life; individual privacy, self and subject

  • Chair: Daniel Wilson (University of Cambridge)
  • David Feldman (University of Cambridge): "One lawyer's view of private life"
  • Barbara Taylor (Queen Mary, University of London): "Why not solitude?"
  • Josh Cohen (Goldsmiths, University of London): "The privacy of the self in an age of exposure"
13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 15:15

Panel 2: The private life; the State and public sphere

  • Chair: Nora Ni Loideain (University of Cambridge)
  • David Vincent (Open University): "Privacy and the crisis of the liberal State"
  • Karlin Lillington (Irish Times): "Privacy & page one; the challenge of engaging readers ... and editors"
  • Simon Rice (Information Commissioner's Office)
15:15 - 15:30


15:30 - 17:00

Panel 3: The business of privacy; commerce and the private sector

  • Chair: Stephanie Palmer (University of Cambridge)
  • Ian Brown (Oxford Internet Institute)
  • Mary Aiken (CyberPsychology Research Centre): "The cyberpsychology of privacy"
  • Reuben Binns (University of Oxford): "Privacy as property"
17:00 - 17:40

Panel 4: Reflections and lessons

  • Chair and roundup: David Runciman (University of Cambridge)
  • All speakers

Drinks reception at the Alison Richard Building