Marion is a solicitor (non-practising) and a Senior Fellow in the Department of Law. With previous experience in legal management roles within private practice, international companies and UK central government, she has worked extensively in the fields of data protection, freedom of information and information technology, advising on a number of information technology implementations, data sharing projects and statutory reforms.
Since joining the University of Winchester, Marion has presented, published and advised on the subjects of information technology and information law, and founded the Department’s research and consultancy centre, the Centre for Information Rights. She organises the Centre's annual conference on Trust, Risk, Information & the Law, TRILCon.
Marion is Managing Editor for the Journal of Information Rights, Policy & Practice, an online journal published by Winchester University Press. She is Chair of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner ethics committee and a member of the National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee. She is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, and an executive member of BILETA.
Areas of expertise
At postgraduate and practitioner level, Marion’s subjects are information law, information technology law, privacy and cyberlaw.
Marion’s main undergraduate teaching is in cyberlaw, public law, and the development of employability skills.
- Forthcoming: Oswald and Babuta (2019) ‘Machine learning predictive algorithms and the policing of future crimes: governance and oversight’ in Policing and Artificial Intelligence, eds. Dr John L.M. McDaniel and Prof Ken Pease OBE (Routledge)
- Alexander Babuta, Marion Oswald and Christine Rinik (2018) ‘Algorithms, Predictive Policing and Criminal Justice Decision-Making’ Whitehall Report (published by the Royal United Services Institute on 21 September 2018) https://rusi.org/publication/whitehall-reports/machine-learning-algorithms-and-police-decision-making-legal-ethical;
- Marion Oswald (2018) ‘Algorithmic-assisted decision-making in the public sector: framing the issues using administrative law rules governing discretionary power’ in ‘The growing ubiquity of algorithms in society: implications, impacts and innovations’ issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2018 376 20170359; DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2017.0359. Published 6 August 2018;
- Marion Oswald, Jamie Grace, Sheena Urwin & Geoffrey C. Barnes (2018) ‘Algorithmic risk assessment policing models: lessons from the Durham HART model and ‘Experimental’ proportionality’ Information & Communications Technology Law, DOI: 10.1080/13600834.2018.1458455.
- Maron Oswald 2018. ‘Machine learning algorithms are complicated. But they should not be ‘mysterious’’ University of Winchester blog, 26 Sep 2018 https://www.winchester.ac.uk/news-and-events/press-centre/media-articles/machine-learning-algorithms-are-complicated-but-they-should-not-be-mysterious.php
- Marion Oswald 2018. ‘Do algorithms predict ‘better’ outcomes than humans? Not an easy question to answer’ Centre for Justice Innovation blog, 26 July http://justiceinnovation.org/algorithms-predict-better-outcomes-humans-not-easy-question-answer/
- Jordan’s dilemma: Can large parties still be intimate? Redefining public, private and the misuse of the digital person. Information & Communications Technology Law, 26 (1), 2017, 6-31;
- Oswald et al., ‘Have ‘Generation Tagged’ Lost Their Privacy? A report on the consultation workshop to discuss the legislative, regulatory and ethical framework surrounding the depiction of young children on digital, online and broadcast media’ 9 August 2017 http://repository.winchester.ac.uk/826/.
- Marion Oswald, Helen James and Emma Nottingham (2016) ‘The not-so-secret life of five-year-olds: legal and ethical issues relating to disclosure of information and the depiction of children on broadcast and social media’ Journal of Media Law 8(2) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17577632.2016.1239942?src=recsys
- Marion Oswald, Jamie Grace (2016) ‘Intelligence, policing and the use of algorithmic analysis: a freedom of information-based study’ Journal of Information Rights, Policy & Practice, 1. (1);
- 'Being on our radar does not necessarily mean being under our microscope': The Regulation and Retention of Police Intelligence'. European Journal of Current Legal Issues, Vol. 22 No 1.
- Murray-Rust, O'Hara, Oswald, Van Kleek, Shadbolt 2015. Privacy by obfuscation: possibilities and constraints. Workshop on Economics and Surveillance, ACM Web Science, (July 2015);
- Controlling, lying and blocking ways for the individual to win the privacy arms race?
- The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill - achieving a good faith debate
- Marion Oswald 2014. Seek and ye shall not necessarily find. Digital Enlightenment Yearbook 2014. Netherlands. IOS Press, 99-115
- Marion Oswald (2014) ‘Share and share alike? Trust, anonymisation and data sharing’ SCRIPTed, Journal of Law, Technology & Society https://script-ed.org/article/share-and-share-alike-an-examination-of-trust-anonymisation-and-data-sharing-with-particular-reference-to-an-exploratory-research-project-investigating-attitudes-to-sharing-personal-data-with-the-pu/)
- Marion Oswald 2013. Mandatory reporting of child abuse - necessary medicine for 'nervous Nellies' or a remedy too far? International Data Privacy Law, Vol 3. (No 4). 269-277. Oxford
- 'Something bad might happen' - Lawyers, Anonymization & Risk. Society for Computers & Law
- Joining the Dots - Intelligence and Proportionality. Privacy & Data Protection
- Disclosure of personal data relating to children and vulnerable adults - balancing public and private interests. Freedom of Information
- Data anonymisation and managing risk - the ICO's new code. Privacy & Data Protection
- Challenges with anonymisation and jigsaw identification. Privacy Laws & Business
- Marion Oswald 2012. Facebook group implies consent to disclosure. International Data Privacy Law, Vol 3. (No 1). 51-60
- Marion Oswald 2012. Freedom of information in cyberspace: What now for copyright? International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, Vol 26. (issue 2-3 July 30)
- Back-ups, BYOD and FOI risks. Society for Computers and Law
- ICO consults on anonymisation code of practice. Society for Computers and Law
- Freedom of Information: to have is to hold? Society for Computers and Law
Invited speaking engagements
- Forthcoming: Invited speaker at ‘Advances in Data Science’ 2019 (http://www.ds-advances.org/) organised by the University of Manchester and sponsored by the Turing Institute;
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics roundtable on data and algorithms in policing, 15 January 2019;
- Oral evidence at the 2nd session of the Law Society’s Commission on algorithms in the justice system on 12 November 2018 https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/policy-campaigns/articles/public-policy-technology-and-law-commission/;
- Public talk hosted by the Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Southwell Minster) on 4 November 2018 on the theme of 'human flourishing', artificial intelligence and algorithms;
- Invited panel speaker at National Crime Agency workshop ‘AI: Cutting through the hype’ held at RUSI on 24 October 2018;
- ‘New technology: law, privacy & ethics’ session at the ‘Excellence in Policing’ conference run by the College of Policing, 25 September 2018, presenting with Alexander Babuta from RUSI http://www.college.police.uk/News/College-events/Pages/EIP-Conference.aspx.
- Panel speaker at the launch of the Centre for Justice Innovation report ‘Just Technology: Emergent technologies and justice and what the public thinks about’, 5 July 2018, House of Lords;
- Speaker and session chair at the Royal Society’s Working Group on Privacy Enhancing Technologies workshop on ethical and societal questions, 16 May 2018;
- RSA and DeepMind’s citizens’ juries on automated decision-making system: invited ‘expert’ speaker, 12 May 2018;
- Panel presenter and organiser of ‘Artificial Intelligence, Prediction and Criminal Justice Decision-Making’ workshop at the Royal United Services Institute, 2 May 2018;
- Plenary presentation at 19th Annual Student Human Rights Conference: Human Rights in a Digitalised World, 17 March 2018, University of Nottingham: ‘'Pre-emptive 'recommender systems' in policing - looking backwards to move forwards';
- Invited keynote presentation at the CyGen conference 'Digital Lives: Children's perspectives' in Northampton on 6 February 2018, Safer Internet Day;
- Invited speaker at Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research workshop on the role of Big Data and data analytics in fighting organised crime, Royal United Services Institute, 20 November 2017;
- Invited speaker at ‘The growing ubiquity of algorithms in society: implications, impacts and innovations’ Scientific Discussion Meeting, 30-31 October 2017, The Royal Society https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/10/algorithms-society/;
- Invited speaker ‘Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Rule of Law’ 9 October 2017, The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law hosted by the Law Society;
- Invited speaker at the launch of the Royal United Services Institute report into Big Data and Policing, 6 September 2017, with my work with Durham Constabulary into the development of a decision-making framework for algorithmic tools cited on page 37;
- Invited speaker at ‘The 21st Century Child: Theories, Concepts And Contexts’ International Symposium, Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society, 19-20 June 2017;
- Invited speaker at Symposium ‘The Future Now: The Status and Challenge of AI in Law' Newcastle University, 16 May 2017;
- Invited speaker at Royal United Services Institute workshop on Big Data Analytics in Policing, 26 April 2017;
- Presentation at Digital Wildfire project workshop at Digital Catapult, London, January 2016. Jordan's dilemma - can large parties still be intimate?;
- Co-presenter: Cheltenham Science Festival Big Data debate 2016. Fighting Crime with Big Data;
- Invited introductory speaker for the Governance and Regulation session at the Royal Statistical Society Big Data consultation at St George’s House, Windsor Castle, 2015. Big Data: Governance and Regulation;
- Invited panel speaker at Institute of Ideas / Transport Systems Catapult panel debate 2015. Big Data, Big Brother? debate;
- Invited panel speaker at Big Data debate at Cheltenham Science Festival 2015. Big Data debate