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Professor Miriam Lips

Professor Miriam Lips is Professor of Digital Government at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government, where she leads and undertakes a five-year research programme on ‘Government and Democracy in the Digital Age’ in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs, Inland Revenue Department, the Ministry of Education and Datacom Systems Ltd. Miriam is a Steering Group Member of Victoria University of Wellington’s Spearheading our Digital Futures Distinctiveness Theme and until recently was the Programme Director of the Master of e-Government programme offered at Victoria University. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Miriam held academic positions at the University of Oxford and Tilburg University. She completed a PhD in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1996.

Professor Lips recently was an appointed Member of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum, an independent task force set up by the Ministers of Finance and Statistics to examine, report and engage widely on how New Zealand could maximise the benefits of the data revolution, while minimising the risks of potential harm, such as privacy and security breaches and the unethical use of data. She currently is an appointed Member of the New Zealand Data Futures Partnership, an independent Working Group which reports to the Ministers of Finance, Justice and Statistics. Miriam also has been recently appointed as Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Open Government Partnership Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Professor Lips has published widely in the field of Digital Government and Democracy, with  9 books as author, co-author or editor, and many publications in leading international journals including Public Management Review, Information, Communication & Society, Public Administration, Public Money & Management, International Journal of Public Administration, Information Polity, and Media, Culture & Society. She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Information Polity. Government and Democracy in the information age (IOS Press) and an Editorial Board Member of Information, Communication & Society, Government Information Quarterly, and Policy & Internet. Miriam also is an Appointed Member of the Management Board at Large of the International Research Society of Public Management since 2013. For more information about Professor Lips’ research, teaching and engagement activities, please visit VUW’s Digital Government programme website.



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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