Who Rules The Internet?

  • Thursday23Nov 2017
    Partner Event
    ** Fully Booked **
    ** This is a past event **

    Time: 17:00 - 19:30 Place: 10 St Bride Street, London

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When internet freedoms are abused, calls for regulation are never far behind. This short conference, jointly organised by Brick Court Chambers and techUK, looks at topical legal issues affecting the internet, ranging from censorship and the liability of intermediaries to cyber-security and surveillance. Legal and technical minds will come together to ask who rules the internet - and in whose interests.



The trend is towards social media companies, online marketplaces and other intermediaries becoming legally liable for the activities of their users, ranging from trade mark/copyright infringement to child sexual abuse and the promotion of terrorism. What happened to free speech on the internet?

Chair: Talal Rajab, Head of Programme (Cyber and National Security), techUK

  • IP rights - Nicholas Saunders, Brick Court Chambers
  • Terrorism - David Anderson QC, Brick Court Chambers
  • Platform or Publisher? - Simon Milner, Facebook
  • Discussion


Senior speakers from GCHQ’s National Cyber-Security Centre will comment on the cyber-security threat and how it can be averted, Andrew Rogoyski, Chair of techUK’s Cyber Security Management Committee gives an industry perspective and Jasbir Dhillon QC will review the legal options for victims of cyber-attack.

Chair: Victoria Wakefield, Brick Court Chambers

  • Meeting the cyber threat - National Cyber-Security Centre Speakers
  • Industry perspective - Andrew Rogoyski, Head of Cyber Security, CGI
  • You’ve been hacked - Jasbir Dhillon QC, Brick Court Chambers
  • Discussion


The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 has been described as conferring upon UK intelligence agencies and police some of the most extensive surveillance powers in any western country. Why were they needed, where is the potential for abuse, and will the new Investigatory Powers Commission be able to spot it?

Chair: Gordon Corera, BBC

  • Why the Investigatory Powers Act? - Jennifer Morrish, Home Office Legal Director 
  • State surveillance and data privacy - Graham Smith, Bird & Bird
  • New safeguards: Investigatory Powers Act 2016 - Rt. Hon. Sir Adrian Fulford, Investigatory Powers Commissioner
  • Discussion

This event will be conducted under the Chatham House rule and will not be filmed or recorded.  To register for this event, please click "book now".  


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