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Forums and seminars

Machine learning and big data with Cory Doctorow

We are delighted to welcome Cory Doctorow, a pioneering international commentator on internet and digital technology, for a lunchtime PrivacyLive forum in Wellington at 1pm on Tuesday 13 March 2018.

Doctorow is a Canadian technology, copyright and privacy thinker, blogger, journalist, activist and science fiction writer. He is co-editor of Boing Boing and the originator of Doctorow's Law: "Anytime someone puts a lock on something you own, against your wishes, and doesn't give you the key, they're not doing it for your benefit."

This OPC PrivacyLive Forum is at 1pm on Tuesday 13 March 2018 in the Cable Room at Mac's Function Centre, 4 Taranaki St Wharf. Wellington. This public event is free. 

A full description of the event is available hereRegister here to attend.

Doctorow will discuss the topic Machine Learning, Big Data and Being Less Wrong, explaining the seemingly limitless possibilities for machine learning and how it will require skilled practitioners and careful research to separate approaches that seem promising from those that deliver.

Orwell’s 1984: A book, a film, a play… and now a reality?

This free panel discussion coincides with the Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland Theatre Company season of a theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s cautionary classic 1984. Is there more to say about this dystopian touchstone of privacy, surveillance and identity, 70 years since the book hit the shelves?

Chairing an informed and provocative panel is the author of the New Zealand Civil Rights Handbook, Tim McBride. The other speakers include one of the play’s leading performers, Terence Crawford, well-known blogger and media commentator, Russell Brown, and New Zealand’s Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn.

This PrivacyLive lunchtime event is brought to you by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Auckland Arts Festival. It is on 14 March at 12.30-1.30pm in the Ellen Melville Pioneer Women’s Hall, Freyberg Place, Auckland. More information is available here. Register here to attend.

Learning from cyberattacks without compromising privacy

Register now to hear how CERT NZ uses its data about cyberattacks to inform New Zealand organisations how to prepare against current and future attacks. CERT NZ does this without compromising information about the organisations and individuals which report cyber threats.

This PrivacyLive lunchtime presentation is by CERT NZ’s Manager of Engagement and Communications, Kate Wellington. It is free to attend and will take place at 12.30pm on 19 March 2018 at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, 15 Stout St, Wellington. A full description can be found here. How to RSVP to attend can be found here. 

Full day forum in Privacy Week

For Privacy Week, our office will be joining with the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities network in marking the theme Privacy: From principles to practice.

Privacy Week in New Zealand will be from 7-11 May 2018.

The highlight of Privacy Week will be a full-day forum held in Wellington on 9 May. A draft programme is availible now, and we will update it in the coming days.

Privacy Forum 2018 draft programme

More information, including registration details, will be confirmed in the coming weeks.