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Professor Jon Bing (1944-2014) Memorial Seminar, Oslo

Published: 7 April 2014

Steve Saxby will attend this event organised by the Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law to be held in remembrance and celebration of the career of Jon Bing.

Steve Saxby writes:
The sad news of the death of Professor Jon Bing on January 14 2014 was not unexpected but is deeply felt by those who had the privilege of knowing him. Jon stands as a colossus for his role in shaping and pioneering the development of Computer Law as it was first called in the 1960’s, alongside other great figures like the late Harry Bloom who taught me at Kent University in 1971. As a young lecturer in 1977, just starting out at Southampton University, (at Harry Bloom’s suggestion) Jon was the first academic that I ever corresponded with as I tried to find my feet in the subject. He gave me time and guidance and visited Southampton University to speak and support the fledgling work that I was beginning at the University in the early 1980’s. He was a man of humour and great stories which no doubt emanated from his other career as a Norwegian writer and co-writer of novels, science fiction, plays and children’s stories, some translated into English. My children, when they were young, knew him affectionately as ‘Uncle Bing’ and he described with fond recall how he first learnt to speak English as a ‘Red coat’ at Butlins holiday camp in the UK. Jon was a supporter and attendee at the first IAITL LSPI conference in Hamburg in 2006. CLSR continues to sponsor Best Paper awards at what has become an annual event. The subsequent onset of ill health prevented him from joining us in our later conferences. He supported CLSR for over 25 years and gave much valued advice and opinion. Jon was a free thinker, an observer and commentator and an exceptional academic writer. His place in the development of international IT and information law is assured.

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