Speaking / presentations

This page contains a selection of my presentations, lectures and seminars.

I speak regularly in Europe, the USA and Africa, with excellent audience feedback. If you would like me to speak at your event, please see here.

Upcoming:
19 September 2017:
Back to basics: the technology
I'm co-chairing a one-day conference in London, aimed at helping lawyers understand the technology behind the laws on which they advise. Pure tech, no law — this should be a fascinating day. We haven't divided up the slots yet, but I will probably be teaching mostly Internet and telecoms bits.
26 September 2017:
People, platforms and pipes: social media and the law
I will be giving a lecture for the Junior Lawyers Division of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Law Society on the legal framework governing electronic speech, and the way it has been enforced against users of social media. I will talk about the potential liabilities and responsibilities of users, and role of service operators, such as Twitter and Facebook. I'll cover hate speech, fake news, “revenge porn”, and more.
10 October 2017:
Sextech, Porn and the Law
Building on my article on sextech and the law in April/May's "Computers and Law" and the great interest it engendered, this event will discuss issues of privacy, legal and business issues in sextech and online pornography and will offer a glimpse into the future of sex and sexuality and its regulatory framework. More details here.
Past:
11 July 2017:
An introduction to telecoms regulation
I gave a 30 minute introductory lecture as part of the Society for Computers and Law's "Foundations" modules, covering the regulatory framework for telecommunications. Slides here. (As decoded:Legal.)
03 March 2017:
Introducing the Investigatory Powers Act
I gave a lecture to the cybersecurity law students at the University of Southampton on the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. Slides here. (As decoded:Legal.)
10 November 2016:
SCL Tech Law Futures Conference: "Advising in a time of change"
I co-chaired the 2016 Tech Law Futures Conference for the Society for Computers and Law. This was a one-day conference, covering topics including blockchain, de- and re-regulation, jurisdictional conundrums, "robolaw" and technological changes to legal practice. More details here.
28 September 2016:
GDPR and Brexit / The ABC of mitigating and managing data breaches
I spoke, as decoded:Legal, at The Law Society's data protection seminar, covering the implications of Brexit on the General Data Protection Regulation, and on preparing for and handling data breaches. Brexit slides here and breach notification slides here.
5 August 2016:
People, platforms and pipes — liability, blocking and law enforcement
I spoke about Internet and intermediary liability, the blocking and filtering of porn, copyright and trade mark infringing content, and on law enforcement access to communications data, at Informa's IT Law Summer School, at the University of Cambridge. Slides and (more usefully) accompanying notes.
9 June 2016:
IT in the healthcare environment
I spoke on IT in the healthcare environment at the International Federation of Computer Law Association's annual conference, hosted by the Society for Computers and Law. I talked about the changing nature of the "healthcare environment" and the "Uber-isation" of emergency services, the need to change the way in which emergency services calling obligations are managed in the light of enhanded devices and IP-based communications services, and the (ab)use of apps, wearables and healthcare data. My slides are here (pdf) and you can get an audio recording of what I said (recorded after the event, not live) in .mp3 and .ogg formats. A video (slides synced to audio) is on YouTube.
12-13 May 2016:
Purpose and Impact of European Regulation of Communications
I will be teaching a two-day seminar on European communications regulation to representatives of communications regulations and government ministries on behalf of the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy at the US Telecoms Training Institute in Washington, D.C. Course details here.
6 November 2015:
Initial thoughts on the draft Investigatory Powers bill
I spoke at iTechLaw's London conference on my initial thoughts on the draft Investigatory Powers bill. My slides are available here.
14 October 2015:
An Introduction to Free and Open Source Software for Lawyers
I gave the inaugural talk of the South West group of the Society for Computers and Law, with Andrew and Katie from Moorcrofts, on Free and Open Source Software in business. Details here and a copy of the slides I used here. I referred to some more detailed introductory notes on FOSS — they are here. I have made a recording of what I said, and you can download it in either .mp3 or .ogg format.
17 - 18 September 2015:
Security obligations, ISPs and online intermediaries
I will be speaking on security obligations relating to ISPs and online intermediaries at the University of Southampton's inaugural iCLIC conference "Enrolling Internet intermediaries in the law enforcement process - Challenges and opportunities". Conference details here.
7 August 2015:
People, platforms and pipes — liability, blocking and law enforcement
I spoke about Internet and intermediary liability, the blocking and filtering of porn, copyright and trade mark infringing content, and on law enforcement access to communications data, at Informa's IT Law Summer School, at the University of Cambridge. A copy of my speaking notes, with some citations and notes for further reading, is here, and the slides — sorry, the images have made them quite large — are here.
18 - 19 June 2015:
"Being more Luddite"
I spoke at the Society for Computers and Law's Technology Futures conference, on whether lawyers could assist in keeping humans at the heart of technology by "being more Luddite", introducing the idea of a "human impact assessment". A podcast of my talk is on the SCL's website (members only, I'm afraid), and a text version is here.
11-12 June 2015:
Purpose and Impact of European Regulation and Communications
I taught a two-day seminar on European communications regulation to representatives of communications regulations and government ministries from six countries on behalf of the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy at the US Telecoms Training Institute in Washington, D.C. Course details here.
28 April 2015:
Communications services and law enforcement assistance
I gave a talk to the Institute of Law and the Web at the University of Southampton on the law of law enforcement assistance. Details here. My slides are available here.
28 November 2014:
Software copyright, APIs/interfaces, look-and-feel
I taught a seminar at the University of Southampton's law school on software copyright, focussing particularly on the issues around API/interface protection, and the protection of software's "look-and-feel" in the absence of source code access. Suggested advance reading is here. A copy of my slides is here (about 24MB).
25 November 2014:
Cloud Law International Congress 2014
I spoke at Broad Group's "Cloud Law International Congress 2014", in London. A copy of the notes which formed the basis of my talk are here.
20 November 2014:
An Introduction to Free and Open Source Software for Lawyers
I spoke at the Society for Computers and Law's Thames Valley group's event on Free and Open Source Software law, in Reading. You can find a PDF copy of my slides here, and my accompanying notes here.
5 August 2014:
Free and Open Source Software
I lectured on Free and Open Source Software law at Informa's IT Law Summer School, at Downing College at the University of Cambridge. You can find a PDF copy of my slides here, and my accompanying notes here.
12-13 June 2014:
Communications Regulation in Europe
I taught a two-day course on communications regulation in Europe on behalf of the UKTA, to students of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute. Details of the course are available here. The course offered a broad overview of the European regulatory model, licensing and authorization, the role of the regulator, and the impact of liberalization in Europe. Participants explored technology neutrality and convergence, European legislation for communications and over the top communications services, with an emphasis on understanding the policy underpinnings of communications regulation.
21st February 2014:
An introduction to Free and Open Source Software
I spoke to undergraduate and postgraduate IT law students at the University of Southampton on the subject of Free and Open Source Software, exploring some of the themes developed in my chapter in Shemtov and Walden's "Free and Open Source Software".
8th February 2014:
The regulation of the over the top communications services
I taught a seminar in Malawi on the regulation of over the top communications services, as part of the "law and regulation of electronic communications services" module of the UKTA's Masters of Communications Management course, offered in conjunction with AFRALTI.
23rd January 2014:
Working as an in-house lawyer
I spoke to students at the University of Southampton's law school about working as an in-house lawyer, including what makes a good in-house lawyer, and what it means to be "commercially aware".
19th November 2013:
Breach reporting for communications providers under 2002/58/EC
I spoke (as a representative of Vodafone) at Field Fisher Waterhouse's security forum on telecommunications on the breach reporting obligations which were placed on communications providers through revision of directive 2002/58/EC.
28th October 2013:
The European regulatory framework for communications and the challenges of over the top communications services
A guest lecture to students of the IT law module at the University of Southampton's School of Law, helping them thinking about whether over the top communications services should be regulated and, if so, how.
26th July 2013:
Purpose and Impact of European Regulation of Communications:
I taught a two day course for the US Telecommunications Training Academy as associate lecturer of the UK Telecommunications Academy, on regulation of communications in Europe. The course offered a broad overview of the European regulatory model, licensing and authorization, the role of the regulator, and the impact of liberalization in Europe. Participants explored technology neutrality and convergence, European legislation for communications and the "over the top" communications services, with an emphasis on understanding the policy underpinnings of communications regulation. The official USTTI course description is here.
26th November 2012:
SCL case law update: Usedsoft:
An odd one — I wrote the slides for a friend's presentation on the CJEU's decision on Usedsoft at the SCL Thames Valley Group's IT law update. You can get the slides here — you may find them helpful to accompany the decision, which is structured in an odd way. Also, some practical recommendations.
12th July 2012:
Dangers of Social Networking:
I spoke on the wider, more thoughtful, dangers — the notion of a filter bubble, pressure to publish, impact on real life personality and such like — of social networking, at the Society for Computers and Law seminar. The list of thoughts I used to guide what I was saying is probably not of much use, but, just in case, it's here.
28th May 2012:
FOSS in practice:
I spoke on dealing with FOSS in practice at the Society for Computers and Law lecture on open source software. Lecture details here. A copy of my speaking notes are available here (PDF).
14-15th May 2012:
Distance learning in a highly connected environment — the eLLM:
I am speaking at the ITU's ICT Competencies Development in the Telecommunication and Education Sectors in Africa, to be held in Bujumbura, Burundi. I am talking about the eLLM, and the benefits of high-speed connections to online distance learning.
7th February 2012:
The Digital Economy Act 2010:
I am leading a roundtable session at the IBDG UK In-House Legal Counsel Strategy Meeting 2012, on the impact (or lack thereof) of the Digital Economy Act 2010.
24th November 2011:
Law enforcement access to retained data:
I gave a paper at the 2011 Cyberspace conference at Masaryk University, Brno, in the Czech Republic, on law enforcement access to retained data — essentially an analysis of the current provisions of RIPA 2000, and some thoughts on the proposals under the Communications Capabilities Development Program. My slides and speaking notes are available here — please note they are just my notes, and not an article.
7th April 2011:
FSFE annual legal conference:
two presentations, one on open source in the mobile ecosystem, and one on applications stores and open source. (No slides)
20th January 2011:
In-house law:
presentation to the Guildford branch of the College of Law, helping students understand their options outside the more traditional "private practice" route. Presentation (PDF) here.
18th January 2011:
In-house law:
presentation to the University of Southampton's School of Law, helping students understand their options outside the more traditional "private practice" route. Presentation (PDF) here.
17th November 2010:
The use of "free":
inaugural presentation to the Thames Valley branch of the Society for Computers and Law, on the concept of "free" (official announcement here) - the emergence and role of the public domain, and the challenges it faces. Presentation (PDF) here.
11th November 2010:
Alternative Careers in Law:
presentation to the London Young Lawyers' Group, helping students / junior lawyers understand their options outside the more traditional "private practice" route. Presentation (PDF) here.
30th September 2010:
The Future of User Generated Content:
presentation and discussion session to the UGC Conference 2010. Presentation (PDF) here.
15th September 2010:
The Digital Economy Act:
presentation and discussion on the Digital Economy Acts (background / rationale, current status, next steps, possible future) to Corporate Counsel Forum Europe.
13th May 2010:
Licence text inclusion and online code distribution under GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0:
presentation to the Linux Foundation.
20th April 2010:
Social Networking: when your private life meets the public domain:
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Young Solicitors' Group. Flyer available here (PDF download), and presentation (redacted web version) available here (PDF download).
09th April 2010:
Thoughts from the mailing list: licence text inclusion and online code distribution under GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0; Free software in application stores and intermediary liability:
FSFE's Freedom Task Force's annual legal conference, Amsterdam. I will be talking about a number of issues raised on the FSFE FTF's mailing list over the last year, including (a) whether, under GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0, one can refer to licence text via URL; (b) whether, under GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0, one can refer a receipient of Covered Code to an online repository, or whether provision of code on a CD etc. is required, and, in each case, whether this obligation can be sub-contracted; and (c) intermediary liability, and the inclusion of Free software components in application stores. A copy of my presentation is available here.
November-ish 2009:
Copyright for the 21st century: online infringement, intermediary liability, and social impact:
an unplanned presentation to the eBusiness Regulatory Alliance, on the stifling effect of copyright on individual creativity, and the misconceived positioning of the Digital Economy Bill.
May 2009:
Compliance with open source licenses in the corporate context:
presentation to Olswang's "Open Source Summit".
April 2009:
Introducing the 'linking document':
FSFE's Freedom Task Force's annual legal conference, Amsterdam. A presentation of the work to date on the 'linking document' - a document setting out legal commentary on interprocess communication and data exchanges in software.
mid-2008:
Tackling online abuse images:
the disincentive of the intermediary liability exclusion: presentation to a range of stakeholders in online child protection work, Berlin.
Early 2006:
Application Program Interfaces (APIs): legal issues:
eCommerce Law and Policy conference.