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The Digital Citizen to be discussed by ILAWS and international IT lawyers

Published: 15 September 2014

Professor Steve Saxby from the Institute of Law and the Web (ILAWS) will chair a session on The Digital Citizen at the next conference of the International Association of IT Lawyers (IAITL) at Lisbon on 15-17 October. Delegates will explore what the concept means for law and policy-makers and the issues that arise from them.

“The Digital Citizen’ has become a buzzword in recent years as part of the social and economic agendas of many countries and as a key theme in the strategy for Europe 2020,” he explains. “The Vice-President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes has described its emergence as people with greater access to information, people empowered to shape the world around them. More able to both learn: and participate’. Yet, while the benefits of this vision are clear, harnessing the opportunities on offer requires confronting significant challenges.”

The annual IAITL legal conference series brings together four specialist conferences; it started in 2006 and attracts academic researchers with lawyers, judges and other practitioners and policymakers from around the world. The conference is organised  by Professor Sylvia Kierkegaard , President of IAITL and member of ILAWS while Professor Steve Saxby chairs the Computer Law and Security Review (CLSR) Seminar and the Legal, Security and Privacy in IT Law stream of the conference.

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