Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower, Christopher Wylie Kicks Off
at IP EXPO Manchester 2019
UK – 03 April 2019 IP EXPO Manchester, co-located at Digital
Transformation EXPO, opened today with Christopher Wylie, ex-Cambridge
Analytica employee turned whistleblower. Wylie gave visitors the inside track on one of
the most notorious data scandals to date and shared his insights on what
governments, technology vendors and regulatory bodies should be doing to better
protect personal data in the future.
Drawing parallels with other sectors such as aviation and
utilities, he questioned why technology was the only industry where the burden
was placed on the consumer; “As consumers we’re not told if you don’t want to
get electrocuted, don’t use electricity. There are regulations in place and
accountability lies with the provider not the user. Why isn’t that the same
Wylie went on to reiterate why this was critical in an
increasingly connected, smart world, posing questions about the effectiveness
of current regulation such as GDPR. In a data-consent complex world - when
people are asked for consent from everyday devices from a toothbrush to a car,
the burden of responsibility should not rest with the consumer. He argued that
technology was so fundamental to how we live, work and communicate that there
has to be a new cross-governmental, cross-industry approach taken to data
regulation to ensure it is fit for purpose and used responsibly.
Commenting on the opening of this year’s event, Gordon
Sockett, Senior Content Manager, said; “We aim to push the boundaries every
year and we felt that Christopher Wylie personified both the opportunities and
the challenges that we face as an industry and within society. Data presents so
many opportunities to do good, especially as we move into an AI-powered world;
but it needs to be the right data and used responsibility. We’re proud to have
so many of the leading technology brands involved in ensuring this, as
exhibitors at the event – from DarkTrace to Microsoft and Oracle to Nutanix.”
Additional highlights from Day One at IP EXPO
Manchester 2019 include:
Testa-O’Neill of Microsoft demystified the capabilities and ethics of AI, and
described the processes for integrating AI technologies into business
Nicola Millard of BT discussed the digital reinvention of the workplace and
how, in today’s society, employees and customers are connected by communication
networks rather than face-to-face.
Bryen of Amazon Web Services showcased how companies such as Hotels.com,
Netflix and Tinder, are exploiting the latest machine learning technology to
improve their products and services for customers.
Fletcher of Sainsbury’s discussed the company’s digital transformation and
shared the hard lessons he learnt from his and others’ experiences across a
number of industries.
·Lively panel discussion from Brad Brooks of OneLogin,
Ian Pitfield of Netacea and Sophie France of Tessian forecasted the biggest
cyber security trends and threats for the year ahead.
About IP EXPO Manchester
IP EXPO Manchesteris co-located at Digital Transformation EXPO.
Launched by organisers Imago Techmedia in 2015, the event now encompasses IP
EXPO, Cyber Security X and AI Analytics X. Designed for those looking to find
out how the latest IT innovations can drive and support their business and
transition to a digital future.