Dara Murphy, the Minister for European Affairs, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection announced a big event yesterday. A big ol’ summertime summit down on the quays. It has its own website and Twitter account.
— Dara Murphy (@DaraMurphyFG) March 21, 2017
The full press release is here: ‘Data Summit: Minister Dara Murphy and Government Data Forum announce details of major international event in Dublin’
A few thoughts.
— Daragh O Brien (@CBridge_Chief) March 22, 2017
As a minor aside, a link for further information about the Government Data Forum in the Notes to Editors in the Minister’s press release points to a non-existent page on the merrionstreet.ie website.
Secondly, the language used in the press release and on the home page of the website seems promising if, like me, you’re hoping that the government might make an effort to inform citizens, each and every one of whom are impacted by data protection laws and regulations, of what these developments mean for them as individuals. What their rights are currently and how these will change next May. That kind of thing.
The theme of the event is “What the Data Society means for you”. The reader is promised discussions on “how you can manage your own privacy in an online world.”
When I navigate to the tickets page, however, the message does not remain as inclusive. Ticket prices range from €125 to €250, rising to €350 if I don’t avail of the early bird prices.
Sponsors of the event include three of the five largest technology companies in the world, all of whom profit extravagantly from Irish citizens’ personal data. It surely would not be too difficult for the Department of the Taoiseach to make the tickets for individuals more affordable, subsidised if necessary by the organisations who already gain the most in the asymmetrical power relationship between data subjects (you) and data controllers (them).
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