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In an age of surveillance, how should we balance citizens' right to privacy and anonymity with the need to track terrorists, paedophiles and criminals online? Do we own the personal data on our smartphones and hand-held devices? How can government and law enforcement use digital services to cut costs whilst protecting civil liberties and keeping us safe?

You are invited to send a reporter and photographer to this debate on Wednesday 10th December 1.30pm-2.30pm in Committee Room 10, House of Commons, Westminster London SW1. If you wish to send a camera crew please note that you must obtain a permit to film. Everyone attending should bring photo-ID and allow enough time to clear security at the St Stephen's Entrance of the Palace of Westminster.

On the panel:
Dr Julian Huppert MP, (Cambridge, Liberal Democrat). Dr Huppert is the Liberal Democrats Home Affairs spokesman and is one of only a handful of MPs to hold a science-based PhD.

Charlie McMurdie, senior crime adviser at Price Waterhouse Cooper and former head of the Metropolitan Police e-crime unit. She works on forensics, risk assurance and cyber security

Professor Fred Piper of Royal Holloway University of London, one of the UK's leading cryptographers and a founding board member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. Professor Piper is also on the editorial board of the Cyber Security Research Institute, the think-tank promoting this debate.

In the chair: Peter Warren, chair of the Cyber Security Research Institute, author of two books on cyber security and editor of the Future Intelligence website.

Note to Editors:

Dr Julian Huppert MP is championing the Digital Bill of Rights as an important element in the Liberal Democrats manifesto for the 2015 General Election.
http://www.libdems.org.uk/protecting_your_privacy_online_wit...

Peter Warren set up The Great Wifi Experiment with ethical security company F-secure. It showed how people at Westminster and Canary Wharf in London readily signed up to Free Wifi - even if the terms state that in return for a free service they must 'render up their firstborn child or favourite pet for all eternity'. The experiment also showed that email user names and passwords appear in plain text on the 'Free Wifi' hotspot - highlighting the risks of using unsecured public wifi.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXzDyL3gaZo

Peter Warren has co-authored a report 'Can we make the digital world ethical?' and presented it to the European Union's Digital Agenda Adviser Nicole Dewandre and also to the French Senate. Copies of the report will be available at the debate and you can read about it here:
http://www.futureintelligence.co.uk/?s=Humans+first&task=sea...

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