TRILCon 2018

Call for Papers

5th Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law


Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018

Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel, Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester SO21 1HZ, UK (

The Fifth Interdisciplinary Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law will be held on Wednesday 25 April 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Winchester UK.  Our overall theme for this conference will be:

Public Law, Politics and the Constitution: A new battleground between the Law and Technology?

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speakers will be Michael Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and Jamie Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in conjunction with the University of Sussex, and author of several books including ‘Radicals’ and ‘The Dark Net’.

Papers are welcomed on any aspect of the conference theme.  This might include although is not restricted to:

  • Fake news: definition, consequences, responsibilities and liabilities;
  • The use of Big Data in political campaigning;
  • Social media ‘echo chambers’ and political campaigning;
  • Digital threats and impact on the political process;
  • The Dark Net and consequences for the State and the Constitution;
  • Big Tech – the new States and how to regulate them;
  • The use of algorithmic tools and Big Data by the public sector;
  • Tackling terrorist propaganda and digital communications within Constitutional values;
  • Technology neutral legislation;
  • Threats to individual privacy and public law solutions;
  • Online courts and holding the State to account.

Proposals for workshops are also welcome.  Workshops offer organisers the opportunity to curate panels or research/scholarship activities on an aspect of the conference theme in order to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion.

This call for papers/workshops is open to academics, postgraduate students, policy-makers and practitioners, and in particular those working in law, social science, politics, computer science & technology, data science, information rights, privacy, compliance, statistics, law enforcement & justice and behavioural science.

Abstracts for papers are invited for consideration.  Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length.  Successful applicants will be allocated 15-20 minutes for presentation of their paper plus time for questions and discussion. 

Workshop proposals should summarise the workshop theme and goals, organising committee and schedule of speakers, panels and/or talks.  Proposals should be no more than 500 words.  Workshops should be timed to be 1.5-2 hours in length.

Abstracts and proposals, contained in a Word document, should be emailed to  Please include name, title, institution/organisation details and email correspondence address.  The deadline for submission of abstracts/proposals is Friday 26 January 2018.  Successful applicants will be notified by 16 February 2018.  Speakers/workshop organisers will be entitled to the early registration discounted conference fee of £80 and will be required to book a place at the conference by 28 February in order to guarantee inclusion of their paper/workshop.

Speakers will be invited to submit their paper for inclusion in a special edition of the open access eJournal, Information Rights, Policy & Practice.

For more information, please contact the conference team at

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