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Date(s) - 18/07/2018
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Ministry of Social Development - Aurora Conference Centre


The NZ Analytics Forum invites you to our next Wellington event on Ethics and Algorithmic Transparency.

This event will highlight the implications of using data and analytics for privacy and ethics.

Links to Presentations:

Open Data Landscape – Paul Stone, NZ Open Data Programme

Ethical Considerations when using AI –  Andrew Smith, AI Forum of NZ

Ethics & Algorithmic Transparency – John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner

Where: Ministry of Social Development’s Aurora Conference Centre, 56 The Terrace

When:  Wednesday 18th July, 2018, 4.30pm – 7.00pm

Talks will begin at 5pm with time for networking before and after.

Keynote speakers:

  • John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner
  • Paul Stone, NZ Open Data Programme
  • Koren O’Brien, AI Forum of NZ

This event is sponsored by Statistics New Zealand.  The conference room is provided by the Ministry of Social Development.


Our speakers:

John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner

John was appointed to the position of Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand in February 2014 after a more than 20 year career practicing law. He has degrees in law (LLB) and public policy (MPP) from Victoria University of Wellington and has advised and represented a wide range of clients from the public and private sector. He chaired the New Zealand Law Society Privacy and Human Rights Committee, and was Contributing Editor of Brookers Human Rights Law and Practice, and has published widely on human rights and privacy matters. In addition to a practice specialty in the field of information and privacy law, he held warrants as a district inspector for mental health, and as district inspector for intellectual disability services and has provided legal services to the Kingdom of Tonga.

In October 2014 John was elected as Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners and completed his 3 year term in October 2017.

John will talk about mitigating the privacy risks of algorithms and automated decision making – how privacy and data protection regulators can address the potential adverse impact to individuals by introducing safeguards such as algorithmic transparency and mandatory human oversight.


Paul Stone, New Zealand Open Data Programme

Paul is the New Zealand Open Government Data Programme Leader. He has over 20 years’ experience in IT for a variety of organisations including Knight Frank (NZ) Limited, Ministry of Defence, Charities Commission, and was CIO at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Paul was responsible for delivering the New Zealand Charities Register as open data in 2011. He worked one day a week on secondment to the Open Government Data Programme for nearly three years, and has been full time on it for the last 4 years. The cross-government Programme now sits under the Government Chief Data Steward and CEO of Stats NZ.

Internationally, New Zealand are amongst the world leaders for open data, and Paul is a member of the Open Data Leaders’ Network fostered by the Open Data Institute in the UK (Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Tim Shadbolt). He is also representing New Zealand as Co-chair of the Implementation Working Group of the International Open Data Charter (that the New Zealand Government signed up to in March 2018).

Paul will give an overview of NZ government policy on open data (and its intention) and Data.govt.nz;  what the Open Data Programme does, what’s the International Open Data Charter – and what does that mean now that NZ has signed up?


Koren O’Brien, AI Forum of NZ

Koren, Senior Manager, Information Security, Risk and Compliance (Technology) at ANZ), is a member of the AI Forum of NZ’s Fair, Transparent and Accountable AI Working Group. The Working Group’s purpose is to create depth in the provision of advice concerning issues and opportunities for promoting fair, accountable, transparent, and explainable AI.  Koren will talk about the ethical considerations when using AI.


Please note: The event is free but requires a booking. Due to the limited number of seats available, we recommend that you book early and request that you make this unique opportunity a priority. If after booking you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking so that others can participate.


This event is fully booked.