Date: Thursday October 18, 10.30am – 12pm
Venue: Free Word Centre, London
Tickets: By invitation only. Please email eve@indexoncensorship.org to request a place.

Index on Censorship and the Global Network Initiative will be hosting this on-the-record panel discussion considering the government’s planned legislation around our communications online. John Kampfner will chair a panel featuring Emma Ascroft (Director, Public Policy, Yahoo! Europe), Jeremy Browne MP (Home Office, tbc), Dr Ian Brown (Associate Director, Cyber Security Centre, and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute) and Kirsty Hughes (Chief Executive, Index on Censorship).

Key questions to be covered:

  • Do we need the Communications Data Bill to ensure as good online protection against criminal and terrorist behaviour as offline?
  • Can we protect privacy and free expression, while ensuring good security protection?
  • How will the government ensure protection against misuse of the vast amounts of data collected across all of the public, and across all types of communications activity?

The invited audience will be made up of influential policy, media, corporate, civil society and government representatives. This a key opportunity for frank discussion on the questions that arise in balancing free expression, privacy and security. It will be on the record.