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This is a 45-minute event consisting of an overview and conversation between the panellists, followed by a 15-minute Q&A.


Brian Runciman MBCS, Head of Content and Insight, BCS


  • Julia Hörnle
  • Andy Phippen
  • Dr W Kuan Hon


Cross-border jurisdiction of online activities are changing. Cyberspace regulation - the flows of data and new AI systems all present a unique challenge: digital jurisdiction does not map onto geographical jurisdiction or ‘the law of the land’ - whichever land that is.

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Event programme

  • 15-minute overview of the issues, Julia Hörnle
  • 20-minute panel discussion and 10-minute audience Q&A
    - Applied cases of the issue of cross border jurisdiction
    - How are things such as data transfer, peer-to-peer file sharing, cyberlockers, online content moderation, and remotely accessed services being affected?
    - Will this effect change over time?

About the panel

Julia Hörnle
Prof Hörnle examines from a critical-analytical and applied perspective the law relating to the internet, social networking and cloud computing. Her research examines the legal and regulatory challenges for networked data in the context of online harms, privacy and consumer protection. She has written three books and has published over 70 articles and appeared in mainstream media. She has led a number of publicly funded research projects in the internet regulation field. Her book Internet Jurisdiction Law and Practice has just been published by Oxford University Press.

Andy Phippen
Andy Phippen is a Professor of Digital Rights at the Bournemouth University. He has specialised in the use of digital tech in social contexts and the intersection with legislation for over 15 years, carrying out a large amount of grass roots research on issues such as attitudes toward privacy and data protection, internet safety and contemporary issues such as sexting, peer abuse and the impact of digital technology on well-being. He has presented written and oral evidence to parliamentary inquiries, is widely published in the area and is a frequent media commentator on these issues.

Dr W Kuan Hon
Dr W Kuan Hon, author of Data localization laws and policy - the EU data protection international transfers restriction through a cloud computing lens (Edward Elgar, 2017), is an English solicitor and New York attorney. Kuan is a Director in the Privacy, Security and Information Law team of leading technology law firm Fieldfisher. She advises on data protection (including transfers) and security-related laws and also broader tech law issues, having degrees in computing science as well as law. Kuan previously volunteered for the UK Information Commissioner's Office and the UK National Cyber Security Centre. She is also an Editor of the Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy, a guest lecturer for computing science students at Imperial College London, and a member of the UN Privacy Preserving Techniques Legal Task Team.

This event is brought to you by: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

BCS webinar: Long-arm legislation - paradoxes in regulating online activities internationally
Date and time
Wednesday 14 July, 12:30pm - 1:15pm
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