Events

Events
  • Monday 5 November 2018Reputation Rating: Online Defamation and the Search for a Techno-legal Solution

    The 21st century has witnessed a blossoming of rating, evaluation or even blacklisting sites. We are living in a “reputation nation,” where our conducts are evaluated often by anonymous individuals in different aspects, entailing the dangers of shame sanctions. This reputation rating system is far from being a system of formal adjudication. It may carry false or incorrect information, and may not allow an individual to correct such information. Drawing on judicial jurisprudence in the UK, US and Germany on online rating sites, this presentation examines how different jurisdictions have endeavoured to strike the balance between reputation and freedom of expression. What has yet to be addressed is the issue of how to develop a new model with appropriate procedural layout that can accommodate social norms, technological advancement and the legal right to protect reputation on online platforms. In this lecture, the speaker advocates for a new regime that requires online rating sites to have netiquette and information policy, including the right to reply amongst other requirements.

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  • Wednesday 31 October 2018Data Privacy in the Big Data Era

    The technology and promise of big data, together with algorithms and artificial intelligence, have revolutionized our society. They bring forth not only new opportunities, but also risks, in the way how we live, work and make decisions. In private business and in the public sector, these evolving technologies have been used for the purposes of profiling, monitoring, predictive analysis and risk calculation. At the same time, we, as individuals, have become digitized data selves. More worrying, the proxy data self can dictate the life of the corporeal self as we have seen in the practice of financial credit scoring or social credit scoring. This lecture explores how to talk about data privacy protection when we have become digitized, focusing on the challenges brought by profiling. The speaker argues that we should move from a pure opt-in consent regime to an accountability model for big data analytics.

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  • Thursday 31 January 2019 - Friday 1 February 2019Conference to mark the retirement of the Chief Justice

    The Legal Research Foundation, with the support of the New Zealand Law Foundation, are pleased to invite you to take part in a conference to mark the retirement of Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias. Distinguished international and local speakers will explore tradition and direction in our law. This is the principal opportunity for the New Zealand legal profession to acknowledge the Chief Justice upon her retirement. The conference will be held at the Fisher and Paykel Auditorium, University of Auckland, and will close with a dinner on Friday 1 February 2019 at the Auckland museum. Further details about the conference programme will be circulated shortly. Pre-register here on our website or email info@legalresearch.org.nz.

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