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Ethical Use of Emerging Technologies & Data 2021

Virtual (Teams)

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Date & time

  1. 14 July 2021 10:00 - 14:00
  2. 15 July 2021 10:00 - 13:30
  3. 16 July 2021 10:00 - 14:00



Join us for three days in partnership with Information Security for London (ISfL), to share experiences, and to learn and hear from leading voices on ethical and secure use of emerging technologies and data. Be challenged to consider an ethical and moral code for cyber resilience. Hear how ethics plays out in responsible use of technologies and data to provide the foundations for post-Covid recovery. Reflect on the part that can be played by 5G, IoT and low/no code. Consider the disruptive changes taking place in the world of cyber defence and network security. As ever, join our fantastic panellists for lively debate and the opportunity to ask questions in what are always popular sessions at our events.


  1. 10:00 Welcome and introductions

    Mark Lumley, Director Digital & IT, London Borough of Hounslow

    Join us on the opening day as we set the scene with an exploration of how we’ve used technology in response to the challenges COVID-19 has presented.

    We then move through the theme of data use and the ethical considerations, set against a backdrop of recovery and resilience beyond the pandemic, before finishing with the chair’s closing remarks.

  2. 10:10 Pandemics and Digital Power

    Carl Miller, Co-Founder at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos

    Carl will explore how our use of technology throughout a year of COVID-19 has caused power to be reshaped and reformed.

  3. 10:30 Data Ethics, from Barrier to Enabler

    Alan Hill, Director, Public Sector Strategic Solutions, Splunk | Julian Kaine, Public Sector Strategy Director, Splunk

    The current response to using data ethically can be expensive and time consuming. It is now possible to control streaming data with personal information, which enables the right data to be available to the right users to support decision making. This presentation will show you how that can be achieved from one data platform with multiple uses.

  4. 10:50 Why Ethics? Why Now? Why Me?

    Kate Walker, Digital Programme Director, Suffolk & North East Essex ICS | Dr Ciaron Hoye, Deputy Chief Information Officer, NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG

    We sit in a world where data is king. We talk about big data on a regular basis, with discussion forming around the concept of bigger data. Technology moves at a pace where it no longer requires analysts to undertake analytical activity. The world of no-code and low-code are exciting realities. Should we be asking the question if we can do the analysis should we? This is the world of data ethics. Kate and Ciaron pose the questions: how do we ensure that we use data for the right reasons? Why do we need a What’s the potential impact on care?

  5. 11:10 Networking break

    Grab a tea or coffee, take a breather and the opportunity to virtually mingle and network.

  6. 11:30 Using Location Data Responsibly

    Ben Hawes, Director, Digital Leaders

    Location-enabled data is increasingly becoming available in quantity and detail, and can help the design and delivery of local services. But as with other developing data applications, it’s important to manage risks to privacy and fairness. Discover The Locus Charter, which sets out principles to help users ask the right questions, and realise benefits while reducing risks and making informed decisions.

  7. 11:50 Recovery, Resilience and Ethical Change

    Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy & Research, Socitm | William Barker, Associate Director – Digital Ethics Lead, Socitm

    Local authorities are leading place-based post-Covid strategic recovery. Socitm, drawing on this work and the emerging picture from over 200 local authority recovery and resilience strategies, has identified following four common “pillars” (4Rs) that form the structural framework for place-based recovery:
    • Reset – ethical principles, respecting social, economic and ecological foundations
    • Reform – public services by embracing innovation and modernisation
    • Renew – communities by collaborating across place and encouraging self-sufficiency
    • Resilient – to disruptive changes, to thrive and to achieve better, sustainable and inclusive outcomes for everyone.
    This session will take delegates through the Socitm Recovery and Resilience model and how it can support place-based recovery and resilience through addressing the ethical change issues that support healthy and well communities and build resilient and sustainable places for people and communities to thrive.

  8. 12:10 Top Talent London

    Microsoft & Top Talent London 2021 Cohort

    Join our Top Talent London programme where they will be delivering a presentation about the projects they have undertaken. The cohort have been set the challenge of investigating either, how to develop skills and innovation programmes to support the local digital economy? or how can Low/No Code solutions be used as we build for the workplace of the future?

  9. 12:40 Networking lunch

    Grab some refreshments, network with fellow delegates and digest the morning’s talking points.

  10. 13:10 Panel: Practical Ethics in the Face of Covid

    Mark Lumley, Director Digital & IT, London Borough of Hounslow (Chair) | Sue Daley, Director Technology & Innovation, TechUK | Lisa Talia Moretti, Digital Sociologist, Minsitry of Justice | Julian Tait, CEO, Open Data Manchester CIC | Kate Lindley, Client Services Director, Socitm Advisory | Ryan Falcon-Hay, Website Manager & Resources, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham | Mark McCallum, Business Development Director, codemantra U.S. LLC

    Panellists will be sharing their views and experiences of how they have used technology, data and ethical solutions as part of their pandemic recovery.

  11. 13:55 Chair's closing remarks

    Mark Lumley, Director Digital & IT, London Borough of Hounslow


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