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Keynote 25th Anniversary TILT in February by Maria Helen Murphy

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) conducts teaching and research into the regulation of technologies and technology-related societal innovation. TILT is a prominent player on the national as well as the international level when it comes to research and education in this particular area. TILT is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a year full of keynotes, workshops and events. Every month will be devoted to a different theme, such as cybercrime, e-health, privacy and climate change. workshops and events.

Click here if you would like to find out about the theme of each month and the programming committee.

Keynote of the month

Each Month, an Internationally Renowned Professor Stays with Us and Gives a Keynote. The keynote of the month in February will be Maria Helen Murphy.


Dr Maria Helen Murphy joined the faculty at Maynooth University in 2014. Dr Murphy researches in the areas of privacy law, surveillance, information technology law, and human rights. Dr Murphy has published in a variety of national and international journals and co-authored the book, Information and Communications Technology Law in Ireland in 2017. Dr Murphy lectures Information Privacy Law, and Information Technology Law at the postgraduate level, and lectures Media Law and Civil Liberties at the undergraduate level.

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Language, Power and Privacy

Surveillance of citizens is a clear manifestation of government power. The act of surveillance is generally deemed acceptable in a democratic society where it is necessary to protect the interests of the nation and where the power is exercised non-arbitrarily and in accordance with the law. In spite of this, the practice of surveillance create stark challenges for the constraining forces of transparency and accountability.

A number of features of surveillance law, surveillance language, and the distribution of power perpetuate the existing surveillance paradigm. Using case studies from the US, the UK, and Ireland, Dr Murphy assesses the techniques used to maintain the status quo of continued surveillance expansion. Though Dr Murphy maintains that the classic principles of transparency and accountability remain the best means available to limit the arbitrary exercise of government power, she evaluates how these principles could be better realised in order to restore power to the people and to maintain an appropriate balance between government intrusion and the right to privacy.


15.45-16.00 - Coffee/tea
16.00-16.05 - Opening/Introduction
16.05-17.00 - Keynote
17.00-17.30 - Q&A

17.30-18.30 - Drinks

Location: Auditorium

Registration: This lecture is free of charge, but please register via Ghislaine van den Maagdenberg:

When: 12 February 2019 16:00

End date: 12 February 2019 18:30