Thursday 28 October 2021 – 15:00
This is a live online event. Please do not travel to the Institute.

From targeted social media campaigns during elections to the introduction of the Covid-19 test and trace app, questions about our data – and how it used – are at the heart of political decision-making and debate.

With Elizabeth Denham’s five-year term as information commissioner ending on October 31, this Institute for Government ‘in conversation’ event will look back at her time in post – and look ahead to future challenges, and opportunities, for data use and protection.

In conversation with Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute of Government, Elizabeth Denham will discuss the questions of freedom of information and transparency raised during the pandemic, how data can be shared responsibly and lead to digital transformation of public services, and how countries around the world can work together to meet digital threats.

Elizabeth Denham was appointed UK Information Commissioner in July 2016, having previously held the position of Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada. She was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2018.


Please note:

  • This event will take place using Microsoft Teams and you can watch it using the app. Feel free to email if you have any technical issues.
  • If you do not have the Teams app, you can watch the event on your browser on a computer – you will need to select ‘watch on the web instead’. Please note: Safari is not supported. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Edge.
  • To watch using a tablet or mobile phone, you will need to download the Teams app.
Thursday 28 October 2021 – 15:45
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Thursday, October 28, 2021 – 15:00

Original source – The Institute for Government

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