Examining the overlap between information and privacy law, new technologies and methods of Big Data analysis.

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About us

The CIR is based in the Department of Law in the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport and linked with the Department of Digital Futures. CIR recognises that the term 'information rights' spans a wide range of live issues, including: machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, the 'Internet of Things', information sharing, freedom of information (FOI), privacy, data protection, cyberlaw, intellectual property, e-disclosure and Government open data.

The CIR aims to:

  • Provide a focus for research in Information Rights;
  • Contribute to developing policy and practice;
  • Explore ways of exchanging knowledge with subject matter experts, practitioners, students and other academics;
  • Contribute to training and educational activities;
  • Engage with the local and wider community to provide opportunities for information-related issues to be debated.

The CIR is pleased to endorse the syllabus of Act Now's Data Protection Practitioner Certificate. The syllabus is focussed on providing practitioners with a practical understanding of data protection and knowledge of how the law may change in the future. NB: this endorsement does not imply any guaranteed progression onto University of Winchester programmes, nor does the certificate give you any advanced standing for University of Winchester Programmes.

Contact CIR

Marion Oswald, CIR Director

Follow us on Twitter @_UoWCIR

What we do

The annual Trust, Risk, Information and the Law Conference (TRILCon)

The CIR organises the annual high-profile Trust, Risk, Information and the Law Conference (TRILCon), which has featured such high-profile keynote speakers as John McNamara, Senior Inventor and Innovation Centre Technologist Lead at IBM, Renate Samson, Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch, and Professor Sir David Omand GCB, former Director of GCHQ.

Interdisciplinary Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law (TRILCon)

TRILCon is a well-established conference addressing important issues on various aspects of Information Rights.

TRILCON 2019: save the date

The 2019 conference is scheduled to take place on 1 May and will be convened by Dr Emma Nottingham, Senior Lecturer in Child and Family Law. Further information forthcoming.

TRILCon 2018

The Fifth Interdisciplinary Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law was held on Wednesday 25 April 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Winchester UK. Our overall theme for this year's conference was: Public Law, Politics and the Constitution: a new battleground between the law and technology?

We welcomed keynote speakers Michael Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, and Jamie Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in conjunction with the University of Sussex and author of several books, including Radicals and The Dark Net.

TRILCon 2018 also saw the launch of the University's interdisciplinary Centre for Parliament and Public Law.

Download the TRILCon2018_programme

TRILCon 2017

Watch videos of TRILCon 2017

Open-access journal

Members of CIR edit the open-access journal Information Rights, Policy & Practice, published by Winchester University Press, available here.

Research and Knowledge Exchange

Research projects

Centre Director Marion Oswald instigated a major research project titled Children in the Media. Currently led by Law colleague Dr Emma Nottingham, Senior Lecturer in Child and Family Law, it explores the long-term effect on young people of their depiction in the media as children.

Find out more about the Children in the Media Project

Knowledge Exchange

Members of the Centre are involved in networks, committees and organisations focussed on Information Rights issues, and they regularly present on Information Rights matters.

Committees and networks

Marion Oswald: 

  • From Jan. 2019: Chair of the new West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner & West Midlands Police Ethics Committee. The role of the committee will be to review, challenge and advise on the innovative data analytics projects being developed by the force, and in particular to advise on the public good.
  • Member of the National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Royal Society Working Group on Privacy-Enhancing Technologies

Emma Nottingham:

  • Member of the Institute of Medical Ethics Research Committee;

Ben Sanders:

  • Visiting Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Recent presentations

Marion Oswald:

Timandra Harkness: 'Big Data: Who's in Control?'

Professor Maria Burke:

Ben Sanders:

In Nov. 2016, Ben presented 'A Novel Taxonomy of Opportunities and Risks in Online Gaming Environments' at the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES) in Hendaye, France.

Meet the team

Department of Law

  • Marion Oswald (CIR Director)
  • Helen M. Ryan
  • Dr Emma Nottingham
  • Christine Rinik
  • Julian Dobson
  • Dr Beatrice Myers
  • Accalia Atkinson

Department of Digital Futures

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