Hostages to fortune

It’s time for that seasonal blog post in which I apologise for the low post-rate, mumble about the holiday season etc. and promise to post more frequently over the coming weeks…

So I thought I would leave some hostages to fortune, in the form of one-liners about what has been keeping me from more frequent posting over the past few weeks. That way I will have to re-visit some of these topics soon and give you some more details. Oh, and it hasn’t just been holiday absence… nice though that was.

Looking at the diary, this current and seemingly constant stream of activity stretches back to the Burton Catalyst conference in San Diego at the end of July; I gave a talk there about concepts of identity and privacy, and it seemed to go down well. One participant was even so kind as to say that it was “the most intellectually stimulating presentation” he’d seen at the conference, which was a fabulous piece of feedback.

Since then, what else has kept me busy:

– two pieces of chargeable work for new consulting clients – one commercial, one academic, which is really good news for Future Identity as a business;

– the Kantara plenary meetings in Las Vegas, including the first face-to-face sessions of the Privacy and Public Policy Work Group, which I am currently chairing through its infancy;

– another presentation, this time at the Society for Computers and Law’s Policy Forum in London. If there’s one thing scarier than public speaking, it’s public speaking to a room full of lawyers…

I’ve also attended two events at which I have, for once, been in the audience rather than on the other side of the podium:

– the Information Security Specialists’ Group of the British Computer Society held a privacy workshop day, including an excellent presentation on Privacy Impact Assessments, given by Toby Stevens of the Enterprise Privacy Group;

– I heard a fascinating lecture at the LSE by Professor David Lyon on “National Identity Schemes as Surveillance: surveillance, security and citizenship”, which was a perfect blend of reinforcement of some of my existing assumptions, challenges to other existing assumptions, and new thinking in several areas. I will do my best to transfer my written notes to a future blog post, because it really was a great talk. Prof Lyon also has a book out on the same topic, which I would heartily recommend on the basis of the lecture.

Oh, and I have a couple of publication deadlines at the moment (count this blog post as a frantic last-ditch piece of displacement activity before I get down to work again…), one for a white paper, and one for a book chapter. Oh, the joys of ‘vanity’ publishing…

So yes, the holiday in the wilds of Turkey was fantastic, warm, scenic, relaxing… and the beneficial effects survived about 30 seconds of contact with the horror that is Gatwick Airport.

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3 thoughts on “Hostages to fortune

  1. citizendave says:

    What is the Lyons book that you're referring to?

  2. Robin Wilton says:

    Hi Dave; "Identifying Citizens: ID Cards As Surveillance" – Prof David Lyon (2009 – Polity Press)ISBN No.9780745641560

  3. Edgar says:

    The video of the presentation is now availablehttp://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/informationSystems/newsAndEvents/2009events/lyon.htmEdgar

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