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Friday Live Webinar: Privacy in the days of Covid-19

8 May 2020: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Friday live John Edwards

You can attend this webinar by clicking here at 4pm


Each Friday of lockdown ITP is hosting the ITP Friday Live webinar with a special guest.

This week we're pleased to welcome NZ Privacy Commissioner John Edwards to talk about privacy in the days of Covid-19, and answer your questions. As always, we also feature a tech news roundup with the TechBlog team and heaps of Q&A with our speaker.

Join John Edwards as he gives an update on the Commission's current work in the context of Covid-19, digital tech, contact tracing and more.

These lockdown weeks are long and times are tough. So grab a beer, wine or juice and finish your week off right with this informative and entertaining session, delivered live online nationwide.


4.00pm: TechBlog Panel Chat

The Friday Live webinar will kick off with a chat with ITP's awesome TechBlog team, giving a quick roundup of this week's big stories on TechBlog and elsewhere.

The TechBlog team includes:

The team are a "who's who" of tech journalism in New Zealand over many years. They know their stuff and between them have edited or covered tech for many household name publications in NZ.

ITP CEO Paul Matthews will facilitate the session and put your questions to the team.


4.20pm: Privacy in the days of Covid-19

Life is certainly different at the moment; the world has changed due to Covid-19 and the lockdowns in place globally. To help address these challenges a range of digital and other tools are emerging including tracking apps and more, and Governments around the world are exploring many options; some questionable from a privacy perspective.

Digital Tech can absolutely help. But where does privacy sit in all of this, and especially in a New Zealand context? And are tracking apps and other technologies a tool to help get us through or a step too far? 

Join New Zealand's Privacy Commissioner John Edwards as he gives an update on the Commission's current work and perspective on some of these questions, following by live Q&A.


4.40pm: Q&A with John Edwards

ITP CEO Paul Matthews will put your questions to Privacy Commissioner John Edwards - ask him anything about privacy or related topics.


5.00pm (ish): Go and enjoy your weekend!

You've earned it.


Connecting in 

We'll be using Zoom's Webinar Edition for this session, so if you haven't used Zoom before we suggest trying to join 5 minutes early to download the software.

We will email the connection details 30-60 minutes prior to the session to those registered, to their registration email address, so please check your email!


The use of Zoom for webinars

We've been watching closely the developments in relation to Zoom and other videoconferencing software.

Having taken advice, we are informed that our use case isn't affected by the issues that have been uncovered to date. For example, our webinars aren't confidential (in fact they're freely available, live), we don't enable chat functions, and none of the other issues affects us at this stage.

While we are concerned and are actively evaluating alternatives, we'll be continuing to use Zoom in the meantime for non-confidential use cases. Those who hold concerns can still access the webinar using the web browser version, or via the ITP Facebook page (albeit without Q&A). 



Registration is free for everyone, but essential. Please register below.


While the ITP Friday Live webinar is open to anyone in tech, future sessions may be limited to ITP members only.


You can attend this webinar by clicking here at 4pm


Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

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