Much to discuss in this lockdown webinar for Trusted Network

My packed post-show Q&A schedule came to an abrupt halt in mid-March when theatres across London closed. I have no idea when I’ll be able to chair my next live event, in a theatre or elsewhere. But, as we’re all having to in coronavirus lockdown, I’m adapting and learning to use my skills in new ways – and so, I give you my professional webinar debut.

I was asked to moderate this first in a planned series of corporate webinars for private members’ business club The Trusted Network on the subject of “data privacy during and after the pandemic”. If you’re not a corporate type, don’t tune out! This was a fascinating – terrifying and timely – discussion.

My two expert panellists for the 90-minute discussion exploring current privacy risks and their economic implications were: data privacy and cyber-security expert Ben Rapp, founder and CEO of Securys Ltd, and John Llewellyn, a leading global economist from Llewellyn Consulting and formerly the OECD and Lehman Brothers.

The webinar broke down into short, medium and long-term risks, with two key topics per section: home-working and overcollection; marketing rush-back and track & trace; and permanent loss of privacy and Brexit. Here’s a flavour of some of the questions tackled by Ben and John:

  • How much has cybercrime increased while we’re all working from home?
  • Is the one-meeting flight dead?
  • Will IT costs go up as office rent costs go down?
  • How has Health Secretary Matt Hancock misled about organisations about health data processing?

  • How desperate will companies be to misuse advertising tech to recover from lockdown?
  • Do we still need to adhere to GDPR?
  • What kind of fines might companies face in future?
  • What’s the controversy with the NHS’ track-and-trace app all about?
  • What are the dangers of centralised versus de-centralised health data?
  • If consent is enforced is it consent?

  • Why are immunity passports dangerous?
  • Are we sleepwalking into a dystopian surveillance state?
  • What is the Brexit adequacy agreement and why might we not get it?
  • How does the ‘insurance principle’ apply to the UK’s unique position of dealing with both pandemic and Brexit simultaneously?
  • Why might economic recovery be, for the first time, accordion-shaped rather than V or U-shaped?

You’ll learn a lot by watching the clips and/or full webinar video below. Watch out for more webinars I’m involved with – and, if I can help you get the most out of online events you have planned, do get in touch.


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