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The University of Southampton
Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Internet and Culture (iCLIC)

Open Data Anonymisation Workshops

Published: 10 February 2016

Open data has been an important aspect of government policy since 2009 as a means of generating economic and social value, and of holding government to account. However, much of the demand for data is for personal data (i.e. data from which the data subject is identifiable). Yet the sharing of personal data has strong privacy and data protection implications. To explore these issues in the context of open data, ILAWS is holding two workshops.

Defining and Regulating Anonymisation

9 March 2016, University of Southampton

Keynote: Francis Aldhouse, Southampton Law School

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Sharing and Opening Anonymised Data

15 July, Open Data Institute, London

Keynote: Woodrow Hartzog, Cumberland School of Law

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The aim of these workshops is to identify pressing research questions, and to create interdisciplinary networks of potential collaborators able to develop proposals for addressing them. Representatives of the ICO and CNIL will be present, as well as academics and practising lawyers and data scientists.

Academics from any disciplines with an interest in these topics are encouraged to attend.

The two workshops will be connected in theme, and the second will build on the outputs of the first. However, it is not necessary to attend both.

Numbers are strictly limited. To express an interest, please email and

These workshops are funded by the Web Science Institute's Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund, which is allocated to the University of Southampton from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HIEF).

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