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Rotary Forum 2016

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The privacy Security dilemma.

Rotary Forum 2016 was held on 
Tuesday 31 May 2016 at Rydges Hotel, Wellington.

What kind of world exists between the shadows of threat, and our right to personal privacy and national security? How much do we know - or should know – and can citizens trust authorities and global corporations to make the rules for us?

Rotary Forum 2016 was a chance to take a look inside the great issues of privacy, security and ethics, and hear from leaders and experts from across the spectrum.

Now in its fifth successful year, this highly informative Forum asked some of the biggest questions of our times.



Among the speakers were:

Sir Anand Satyanand (Chair)
Hon Chris Finlayson
Sir Michael Cullen
John Edwards
Karen Coutts
Russell Stanners
Dr. Paul Buchanan
Prof Miriam Lips
Prof Robert Ayson
Thomas Beagle
Peter Devoy

Topical reading list:

The Pursuit of the Ideal

The Crooked Timber of Humanity, 1990

The Proper Study of Mankind, 1997

Reports and background material

Intelligence and Security in a Free Society

Government Communications Security Bureau

New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Review of Compliance at the Government Communications Security Bureau

Date: 31 May, 2016
Times: 8.30 to 12.30 pm
Where: The Grand Space, Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston Street Wellington.



Presented by the Rotary Club of Wellington in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington.

First images from the day, 31 May 2016.



TUESDAY, 31 MAY 2016

8.30 am to 12.30 pm

Chair for the Forum: Sir Anand Satyanand
Former Governor General of New Zealand
and Member of the Rotary Club of Wellington. 


8:45am to 8.55am

Sir Anand Satyanand
Welcome, opening comments


8.55am to 9.00am

Kerry Prendergast
Welcome from the President
of the Rotary Club of Wellington


9.00am to 9.20am

Intelligence and Security
in a Free Society
Sir Michael Cullen, Co-author
of 'Intelligence and Security
in a Free Society'


9.20am to 9.30am

Russell Stanners, CEO, 
Sponsor of the Forum. BIO >


9.30am to 9.45am

Hon Chris Finlayson, Minister
responsible for the


9.45am to 10.00am

Discussion time and
questions with
the 3 previous speakers


 10.00am to 10.25am

Morning tea 


10.25am to 10.35am

Are Security-Liberty
Tradeoffs Necessary?
Professor Robert Ayson,
Professor of Strategic Studies,
Victoria University. BIO >


10.35 am  to 10.45am 

The Privacy Security

Peter Devoy,
Deputy Manager Border
Operations, Immigration NZ. 


 10.45 am  to 10.55am

Bulk Collection, Mass
Surveillance, Targeted
and the
issue of Consent

Dr Paul Buchanan
36th Parallel Assessments Ltd,
security commentator. BIO >


10.55am to 11.05am

Decolonizing data: The case
for Māori data sovereignty
Karen Coutts


11.05am to 11.20am

Discussion time and
questions with
the 4 previous speakers


11.20 am to 11.30am

Digital age privacy and security
go hand-in-hand
Professor Miriam Lips, 
Chair in Digital Government,
Victoria. BIO >


11.30 am to 11.40am

Why privacy isn't enough
Thomas Beagle,
National President, NZ Council
for Civil Liberties. BIO >


 11.40am to 11.50am

Security & social cohesion:
the value of belonging

Anjum Rahman,
Spokesperson, Islamic
Women’s Council. BIO >


11.50am to 12.00pm

Privacy vs Security
- The False Dichotomy
John Edwards,
Privacy Commissioner.


12.00pm to 12.15pm

Discussion time and
questions with
the 4 previous speakers


12.15pm to 12.30pm

Summing up and close
Sir Anand Satyanand



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