Centre for Information Rights
Examining the overlap between information and privacy law, new technologies and methods of Big Data analysis.View content
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- Member of the Institute of Medical Ethics Research Committee;
- Visiting Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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.
- On 12 Nov. 2018, Marion Oswald gave oral evidence at the 2nd session of the Law Society's Commission on algorithms in the justice system. Find out more.
- On 4 November 2018, Marion Oswald presented an invited talk at Southwell Minster (the Cathedral for Nottinghamshire) on Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and human flourishing. Find out more.
- Keynote address at CyGen EU project conference on 6 February 2018
- Invited speaker at Royal Society Discussion meeting 'The growing ubiquity of algorithms in society' 30-31 October 2017 (read it HERE; listen to it HERE).
- Invited speaker at 'Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Rule of Law' 9 October 2017
- In 2016, Marion Oswald talked about social media and privacy at a workshop exploring the spread of provocative content on social media. Watch the video.
Timandra Harkness: 'Big Data: Who's in Control?'
Professor Maria Burke:
- Inaugural Lecture 'The Ever Expanding Boundaries of Knowledge'
- 3 Nov. 2018: 'The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence' at Science or Religion Symposium, Winchester Science Centre. Prof. Burke shared the stage with Keynote Speaker Prof. Brian Cox. Find out more
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.
Recent CIR blogs
Meet the team
Department of Law
Visiting Fellows and Professors
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