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The Architecture for the Digital World


The first conference integrating the commercial
opportunity of privacy and the new GDPR

 

"More than 90% consumers are at least somewhat concerned about data privacy and how companies use their data."
- Gigya US/UK survey 2015

While many companies see privacy is a legislative hinderance, privacy is not so much a prohibition as it is an opportunity: Consumers are weary of privacy breaches and data scandals, analysts are calling for companies to turn privacy policies into marketing opportunities, and it is now the case that misuse or abuse of personal data will impact profitability.

In other words, the market is ripe for disruption. Thus we invite you to come to this unique gathering of technologists, investors and regulators to understand the market issues, and the innovation opportunities created by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Peer into the future as startups and privacy innovators demonstrate the customer empowering technology of tomorrow, learn about new business models, and hear from those pioneering them, as we spend a day discovering privacy's competitive advantage.

We will also be hosting a unique question and answer session with the Assistant EU Data Supervisor, the FTC, the ICO, and a leading privacy law practitioner on the new GDPR.


 

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Who this event is for

  • Businesses, who wish to learn the benefits of privacy, and develop commercial offerings around it.
  • Startups, who are looking to disrupt the current privacy landscape.
  • Entrepreneurs and Investors, who want to build businesses that offer privacy as a commercial proposition.
  • Enthusiasts and Technologists, who follow the privacy debate and want to engage in its commercial application.
  • Legislators and Regulators, who are tasked with implementing the GDPR, as well as MPs, those from the ICO, and local government.
  • Consumer Champions, who want to sharpen their advocacy with the latest insights.

What you'll get out of it

  • Connect with key people in the privacy landscape.
  • Learn about privacy based revenue models.
  • Discover privacy innovators creating competitive pressure on digital business models.
  • Learn how the new GDPR will create privacy innovation opportunities.
  • See how start-ups are responding to the deluge of consumer privacy breaches.
  • Understand how consumer empowerment is the new business value proposition
  • See demonstrations from trust based innovators that are reshaping digital engagement for the next generation.
 
 

Arrival

8:00

Breakfast served.

 

Session 1
Commercial Opportunity through Privacy

8:45 - 11:00

Our digital society is unbalanced; there is an opportunity to move from a commercial culture of people as products to one of people empowerment in the commercial exchange.

This session highlights issues raised by individual consequence of existing business models, outlining a vision for better personal digital experiences with positive commercial outcomes.

SPEAKERS:

"Competing with Privacy"

JOHN TAYSOM, VISITING PROFESSOR AND VC

Privacy is not dead, we don’t need to get over it. Instead we need to embrace it as a commercial opportunity to meet a growing consumer desire for more control transparency and security in their online transactions. We need to look at how government supports technical innovation, aligns with legislative change, and delivers new privacy based commercial value.

Bio

John is a veteran of the internet and of privacy. He was an early investor in Yahoo, and the founder of Reuters Venture Capital. More recently, he is Visiting Professor, UCL Department of Computer Science. He is also a Fellow at Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative, and Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy.

"The role of privacy in realizing the full potential of IOT"

Ian Ferguson, VP, ARM

Everyone is articulating that the Internet of Things phenomena represents a massive business opportunity for all. However there are some fundamental “non-negotiable” elements of data security and data protection that must be in place for the opportunity to be fully realized. This presentation will explore these areas and make recommendations as to a path for best practices in each. It will also use some topical examples to highlight some of the potential pitfalls.

Bio

Ian leads ARM’s engagement with strategic software partners like Google, Microsoft and AliBaba, the competitive strategy function, and ARM’s engagement with value chains across a diverse set of markets/applications. 

"The Consumer is the legal owner of their data"

AMIT PAU, MD, ARIADNE CAPITAL

The business consequence and opportunity from an investor perspective.

Bio

Amit is a VC and advocate of disruption in business models and technologies. He has held a number of high profile roles, and has a history of transforming companies through new innovations that deliver quantum growth.

"Where’s the money?"

ALAN MITCHELL, STRATEGY DIRECTOR, CTRL SHIFT

Can services that empower individuals with their own data actually make money? Alan will outline 11 new revenue streams that have the potential to transform brands’ business models.

Bio

Alan is a key figure articulating the personal information economy, providing strategic guidance for high profile projects in the public and private sectors, and advising policy makers on the changing personal data landscape. Alan first outlined the concept of personal information management services (PIMS) in his 2001 book Right Side Up.

Additional Panelists

KATRYNA DOW, CEO, MEECO

Katryna Dow is the founder and CEO of Meeco, a world leading data independence start-up in the emerging personal data economy. She speaks globally on privacy and data innovation alongside her executive role in business model innovation for Meeco Labs.

ALEXANDER HANFF, EVENT SPEAKER MODERATOR, CEO THINK PRIVACY

With over 20 years in the technology sector and a background in Psychology, Computer Science, Sociology and Law, Alexander is a globally respected privacy expert. Alexander works with companies around the world advising them on privacy enhancing technologies/services.

Panel

Panel with John Taysom, Ian Ferguson, Amit Pau, Alan Mitchell, and Katryna Dow, moderated by Alexander Hanff.

 

Break

11:00 - 11:30

Refreshments served.

 

Session 2
Privacy Innovators Step Forward

11:30 - 13:00

Five innovators discuss privacy and trust based innovation, combining technical concepts with regulatory opportunity to offer improved digital solutions.

Innovation includes new monetisation techniques or new values to back existing revenue models.

"Security and privacy protection as future of business"

ZLATAN TODORIC, CTO, PURI.SM

How open source changed the software world and why its ideas will change the hardware world. How to create and maintain development with open software and hardware. Why the radical shift in your way of thinking and in your business will benefit you more than ever. Why your next license should be GPLv3+/AGPLv3+ and why to embrace it as core of your business model.

Bio

An enthusiastic and outspoken advocate for Open Source solutions, Internet freedom and privacy rights, Zlatan is a mechanical engineer, software architect and Debian developer with experience in a wide range of industries — from industrial electronics and web development to software architecture, 3D printing and gaming.

"Building a trustworthy social platform"

GEOFF REVILL, CEO KROWDTHINK LTD, DEVELOPER OF THE KROWD

It’s hard to avoid the temptation of monetizing insights into people’s lives & personalities, when everything they do digitally provides such a deep seam of revenue opportunity. But what’s the alternative? The GDPR ushers in a new trust era for digital social engagement, but it takes more than compliance to achieve a trustworthy platform. We need a trust model for digital engagement that fosters the right culture in your development team to deliver against the consumer trust opportunity, one that can be monetized respectfully of privacy.

Bio

Geoff is developer of The Krowd, an innovative Personal Networking app connecting you to the crowd. He is also a proponent of trustworthy digital engagement and an expert in location privacy.

"What Should Ad Blockers Look Like When They Grow Up?"

GABRIEL CUBBAGE, CEO, ADBLOCK

Ad blockers are easy to make, but our place in the world has become complicated as we've gone mainstream, and inherited new responsibilities as crucial privacy tools. How does the "Ad Blocking 2.0" industry get funded, and how can we best empower users to get exactly the blend of promotional and non-promotional content they want, while protecting their privacy and safety online?

Bio

Gabriel Cubbage is the CEO of AdBlock, the most popular extension for Google Chrome and Safari, a role he has held since September 2015. Prior, Gabriel served as Director of AdBlock beginning in 2013. In 2010, Gabriel founded 67 Robots, a digital strategy firm headquartered in Manhattan.

"Privacy innovation and trust as unique selling points?"

ALEXANDER B. VAN EASTEREN, COO, STARTPAGE / STARTMAIL

StartPage is a privacy-friendly Google alternative, and serves 6 million searches every day. Its success has led to the development of encrypted email service StartMail, which keeps your emails private from advertisers, hackers and governments. Both StartPage and StartMail are proving that privacy is important to many consumers and can challenge the privacy-invasive business models of mass-market Internet services.

Bio

As StartMail COO, Alex leads the StartMail development team and is responsible for European Media relations. He also oversees StartPage’s and StartMail’s customer support services. Alex has extensive experience in the privacy arena, having worked with StartPage for over ten years.

 

Lunch

13:00 - 14:00

 

Session 3
Regulation: Herald of Positive Change

14:00 - 16:00

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a market change agent, requiring a fundamental shift in respect for personal data privacy.

The necessary commercial cultural change the GDPR instigates challenges existing business models, and creates potential for new privacy and trust based digital engagement.

This session is a GDPR primer for innovators and offers insight into trust and privacy innovation potential.

WOJCIECH WIEWIOROWSKI, ASSISTANT EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR

On 14th April the General Data Protection Regulation was adopted by the EU Parliament. This gives every business 2 years and 20 days to prepare for the biggest regulatory change in 20 years, and every consumer time to prepare to exercise significantly improved data rights. The key objectives of change the GDPR is designed to bring about will be explained, highlighting the opportunities this represents.

Bio

Wojciech formerly served as Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data at the Polish Data Protection Authority. He is the author of numerous studies, publications and lectures in the field of personal data protection, IT law, e-government and legal informatics.

"Perspectives on Privacy in a Connected World: A Pragmatic Approach to Consumer Choice and Transparency"

SHAUNDRA WATSON, ATTORNEY ADVISOR, FTC

The presentation will provide background on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's privacy and data security enforcement and policy initiatives, describe how they align with certain aspects of the GDPR, identify approaches that help reconcile differences between the U.S. and EU privacy frameworks, and discuss practical ways that companies can protect consumer privacy and enhance consumer control in the era of big data and the Internet of Things.

Bio

Shaundra Watson is an Attorney Advisor to Chairwoman Edith Ramirez at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, where she handles a diverse consumer protection portfolio, including privacy, data security, and international issues.

"GDPR – continuity, change and opportunity - the view from the ICO"

STEVE WOOD, HEAD OF POLICY DELIVERY, ICO

Steve will explain the role of the national regulator under the GDPR. He will highlight the key areas of continuity and change and how the ICO is preparing for the GDPR. He will outline the opportunities and benefits GDPR can present for business and how innovation can aid compliance.

Bio

A member of the ICO’s Senior Management team, Steve is responsible for overseeing the development the ICO’s guidance, codes of practice, technology policy and research related to Data Protection and Freedom of Information legislation. His department also leads the ICO’s international policy work; including representation at the Article 29 Working Party of data protection authorities.

"From red tape to rocket fuel"

RUTH BOARDMAN, PARTNER, BIRD & BIRD

This session will look at those sections of the General Data Protection Regulation which try to stimulate innovation and new services. Top topics will be:

  • Understand what types of data are covered
  • What are the benefits of using pseudonymous data (and what is it)
  • New rights for individuals – to erasure, restriction and portability
  • New liability models – and new compliance model, involving codes of conduct and certification
  • Data management requirements

Bio

Ruth Boardman jointly heads Bird & Bird’s Data Protection Group, advising public and private sector organisations on information law matters, including on their dealings with Data Protection Authorities and the EU’s Article 29 Working Party.

Panel

Panel with Wojciech Wiewiorowski, Shaundra Watson, Steve Wood and Ruth Boardman, moderated by Alexander Hanff.

 
 

Networking and Drinks

16:00 - 18:00

 

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John Taysom

investor & academic

John is a veteran of the internet and of privacy. He was an early investor in Yahoo, and the founder of Reuters Venture Capital. More recently, he is Visiting Professor, UCL Department of Computer Science. He is also a Fellow at Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative, and Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy.

Ian Ferguson

vice president of marketing and strategic alliance, ARM

Ian leads ARM’s engagement with strategic software partners like Google, Microsoft and AliBaba, the competitive strategy function, and ARM’s engagement with value chains across a diverse set of markets/applications. 

 

Amit Pau

MD, Ariadne Capital

Amit is a VC and advocate of disruption in business models and technologies. He has held a number of high profile roles, and has a history of transforming companies through new innovations that deliver quantum growth.

Shaundra Watson

ATTORNEY ADVISOR, FTC

Shaundra Watson is an Attorney Advisor to Chairwoman Edith Ramirez at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, where she handles a diverse consumer protection portfolio, including privacy, data security, and international issues. 

 

Ruth Boardman

Partner, bird & bird

Ruth Boardman jointly heads Bird & Bird’s Data Protection Group, advising public and private sector organisations on information law matters, including on their dealings with Data Protection Authorities and the EU’s Article 29 Working Party.

Alan Mitchell

Strategy Director

Alan is a key figure articulating the personal information economy, providing strategic guidance for high profile projects in the public and private sectors, and advising policy makers on the changing personal data landscape. Alan first outlined the concept of personal information management services (PIMS) in his 2001 book Right Side Up.

 

Steve Wood

Head of Policy Delivery, ICO

A member of the ICO’s Senior Management team, Steve is responsible for overseeing the development the ICO’s guidance, codes of practice, technology policy and research related to Data Protection and Freedom of Information legislation.  His department also leads the ICO’s international policy work; including representation at the Article 29 Working Party of data protection authorities.

Geoff Revill

CEO KROWDTHINK LTD, DEVELOPER OF THE KROWD

Geoff is developer of The Krowd, an innovative Personal Networking app connecting you to the crowd. He is also a proponent of trustworthy digital engagement and an expert in location privacy.

 

Gabriel Cubbage

CEO, AdBlock

Gabriel Cubbage is the CEO of AdBlock, the most popular extension for Google Chrome and Safari, a role he has held since September 2015. Prior, Gabriel served as Director of AdBlock beginning in 2013. In 2010, Gabriel founded 67 Robots, a digital strategy firm headquartered in Manhattan.

Wojciech Wiewiorowski

ASSISTANT EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR

Wojciech formerly served as Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data at the Polish Data Protection Authority. He is the author of numerous studies, publications and lectures in the field of personal data protection, IT law, e-government and legal informatics.

 

Alexander B. Van Eesteren

COO, STARTPAGE / STARTMAIL

As StartMail COO, Alex leads the StartMail development team and is responsible for European Media relations. He also oversees StartPage’s and StartMail’s customer support services.
Alex has extensive experience in the privacy arena, having worked with StartPage for over ten years.

Alexander Hanff

Event Speaker Moderator, CEO Think Privacy

With over 20 years in the technology sector and a background in Psychology, Computer Science, Sociology and Law, Alexander is a globally respected privacy expert. Alexander works with companies around the world advising them on privacy enhancing technologies/services.

 

Zlatan Todoric

CTO, PURI.SM

An enthusiastic and outspoken advocate for Open Source solutions, Internet freedom and privacy rights, Zlatan is a mechanical engineer, software architect and Debian developer with experience in a wide range of industries — from industrial electronics and web development to software architecture, 3D printing and gaming.

Katryna Dow

CEO, Meeco

Katryna Dow is the founder and CEO of Meeco, a world leading data independence start-up in the emerging personal data economy. She speaks globally on privacy and data innovation alongside her executive role in business model innovation for Meeco Labs.

 

More to be announced

Speakers will be added here as they are confirmed.

 

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About the Conference

Privacy: The Competitive Advantage is an independent, issue-driven event, produced by event organisers Connectional, with funding and event conceptualisation from Krowdthink, creators of The Krowd, and speaker curation by Think Privacy. Together, we have organised this event to address the issues and opportunities of the commercial value of privacy, recognising market demand to move the conversation and the industry towards greater consumer empowerment.

Contacting us

For all event matters, including sponsorship interest, and press enquiries, please contact:

Scott Gould
Event Producer
scott@connectional.co