Privacy and Security Law Dinner at the Real Time Club in Whitehall
There's a lot more heat than light in the debate on security, privacy and how we form laws that actually work. Last month Adrian Kennard gave a barnstorming critique of the issues facing ISPs and so on the 16th of February, Duncan Campbell is going to put the current debate into some sort of historical context. Our ideas on privacy and the rights of the government to search based on Georgian ideas of liberty may not make sense in the mid 21st century or we might be giving up a little freedom for an illusion of security ?
In essence, is there a way we can have a rational balance between competing concerns ?
Our After Dinner Speaker is Duncan Campbell
Duncan's CV and Wikiepedia page reads like a history of privacy and snooping. Most recently he’s been working on responses to new laws on data interception and regulation of investigatory powers. Duncan was the first journalist to reveal the existence of GCHQ in 1976, was C in the infamous ABC official secrets case, and expose the existence of the ECHELON global eavesdropping network. He’s prepared reports for audiences as diverse as the European Parliament and The Register, somehow also managing to find time to be a founder of Stonewall and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Duncan has some good ideas on getting the right balance, a consummate grasp of the deeper issues at stake and is ready to discuss them under the Chatham House rule to ensure we can all speak freely.
Founded in 1968, the Real Time Club meets to network and discuss technology issues of the day at the National Liberal Club. Over the decades we have evolved a format of:
6:00-6:45 Networking at our open bar
6:45 to 8:15 A fine three course dinner
8:15 to 9:00 Our Speaker Duncan Campbell will speak on the evolution of privacy and security.
9:00 to 9:30 Questions from the floor.
When & Where
Real Time Club
Born as an IT dinner club 50 years ago this year, the Real Time Club is one of London’s foremost networking institutions. The Club’s networking events bring together people from diverse professional backgrounds with common interest in technology and society. The Club’s membership includes entrepreneurs and professionals form the tech industry, public sector, academia and finance.
Every year the Real Time Club runs a series of dinners with distinguished speakers on current issues of the information age. The Club’s dinners encourage robust and well-informed debate, while enabling interesting people to meet one another. There are around six dinners a year, most of which take place at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1.
Real Time Club dinners are open to non-members. Everyone is welcome to attend.