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For both the public and private sector, information is often an organisation's most valuable asset; protection, release and exploitation of that information can bring significant challenges.

The CIR, based in the Department of Law in the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport, recognises that the term 'information rights' spans a wide range of live issues including information sharing, freedom of information (FOI), privacy, 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.

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.

The Fifth Interdisciplinary Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law will be held on Wednesday 25 April 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Winchester UK. Our overall theme for this conference will be:

Public Law, Politics and the Constitution: a new battleground between the law and technology?

Further details, booking information and the call for papers can be found here.

Open-access journal

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

Contact CIR

Marion Oswald, CIR Director

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