Examining the overlap between information and privacy law, new technologies and methods of Big Data analysis.

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About us

The CIR is based in the Department of Law in the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport and linked with the Department of Digital Futures. CIR recognises that the term 'information rights' spans a wide range of live issues, including: machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, the 'Internet of Things', information sharing, freedom of information (FOI), privacy, data protection, cyberlaw, intellectual property, e-disclosure and Government open data.

The CIR aims to:

  • Provide a focus for research in Information Rights;
  • Contribute to developing policy and practice;
  • Explore ways of exchanging knowledge with subject matter experts, practitioners, students and other academics;
  • Contribute to training and educational activities;
  • Engage with the local and wider community to provide opportunities for information-related issues to be debated.

The CIR is pleased to endorse the syllabus of Act Now's Data Protection Practitioner Certificate. The syllabus is focussed on providing practitioners with a practical understanding of data protection and knowledge of how the law may change in the future. NB: this endorsement does not imply any guaranteed progression onto University of Winchester programmes, nor does the certificate give you any advanced standing for University of Winchester Programmes.

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Christine Rinik, CIR Co-Convener

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What we do

The annual Trust, Risk, Information and the Law Conference (TRILCon)

The CIR organises the annual high-profile Trust, Risk, Information and the Law Conference (TRILCon), which has featured such high-profile keynote speakers as John McNamara, Senior Inventor and Innovation Centre Technologist Lead at IBM, Renate Samson, Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch, and Professor Sir David Omand GCB, former Director of GCHQ.


The 2019 conference took place on 1 May and was convened by Dr Emma Nottingham, Senior Lecturer in Child and Family Law. This year's theme was 'Caring for critically ill children in the glare of digital media'. Find out more.

TRILCon 2018

TRILCon 2018 was held on Wednesday 25 April. The overall theme was: 'Public Law, Politics and the Constitution: a new battleground between the law and technology?'

We welcomed keynote speakers Michael Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, and Jamie Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in conjunction with the University of Sussex and author of several books, including Radicals and The Dark Net.

TRILCon 2018 also saw the launch of the University's interdisciplinary Centre for Parliament and Public Law. Download the TRILCon2018_programme.

TRILCon 2017

Watch videos of TRILCon 2017

Open-access journal 'Information Rights, Policy & Practice'

Members of CIR edit the open-access Journal of Information Rights, Policy & Practice, published by Winchester University Press, available here.

Out now: the Spring 2019 edition of the Journal of Information Rights Policy and Practice.

This edition contains articles on a range of topical issues such as algorithmic policing. There is also a thought-provoking policy piece on the monitoring of domestic violence perpetrators.

Read it HERE

Research and Knowledge Exchange


Children in the Media

Centre Director Marion Oswald instigated a major research project titled Children in the Media. Currently led by Child and Family Law specialist Dr Emma Nottingham under the heading 'Generation Tagged', it explores the long-term effect on young people of having been depicted in the media as children.

Find out more about the Children in the Media/Generation Tagged Project

Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms within Criminal Justice

Exploring the potential impact of introducing machine learning algorithmic support tools into criminal justice decision-making. Led by Marion Oswald, Christine Rinik and Centre research student Petros Terzis.

Find out more about the 2018-19 Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms within Criminal Justice project.


Members of the Centre are involved in networks, committees and organisations focussed on Information Rights issues, and they regularly present on Information Rights matters.

Committees and networks

Marion Oswald: 

  • From Jan. 2019: Chair of the new West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner & West Midlands Police Ethics Committee. The role of the committee will be to review, challenge and advise on the innovative data analytics projects being developed by the force, and in particular to advise on the public good.
  • Member of the National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Royal Society Working Group on Privacy-Enhancing Technologies

Emma Nottingham:

  • Member of the Institute of Medical Ethics Research Committee;

Ben Sanders:

  • Visiting Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Recent presentations

On 27 November 2018, CIR welcomed Christina Blacklaws, the 174th President of the Law Society of England and Wales and the fifth woman to hold this office. Christina’s talk covered diversity in the law, the impact of technology, and equality and access to justice. Watch the full video.

Marion Oswald:

Timandra Harkness: 'Big Data: Who's in Control?'

Professor Maria Burke:

Ben Sanders:

In Nov. 2016, Ben presented 'A Novel Taxonomy of Opportunities and Risks in Online Gaming Environments' at the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES) in Hendaye, France.

Meet the team

Department of Digital Futures

Research students

Petros Terzis: 'The reasonable coder: reflections on liability from machine learning algorithms​'. Petros is a member of the Research Board of the European Law Observatory on New Technologies (ELON) and a Research Assistant at Legal Utopia Inc. His interdisciplinary research mainly focusses on liability issues arising from the ‘actions’ undertaken by systems of Artificial Intelligence. He was a Research Associate on the 2018-19 Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms within Criminal Justice Project - find out more.

Supervisors: Dr Emma Nottingham; Dr Ben Sanders, Marion Oswald

John Northam:'An examination of the correlation between informational data privacy expectations and specific social contexts'

Supervisors: Prof. Maria Burke; Dr Helen James; Marion Oswald

David Powell: 'Innovation to implementation: the critical factors in developing an algorithmic forecasting tool to predict reoffending in domestic abuse'

Supervisors: Dr Emma Nottingham, Dr Ben Sanders, Marion Oswald