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2019 European Conference
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

13:55 to 19:00

Registration Open

Pre-Function Area, Ground Floor

14:00 to 15:00

Data Protection Committee Meeting

Constitution Suite, 1st Floor

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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Dispute Resolution Committee Meeeting

St. Steven Suite, 1st Floor

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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Merger and Acquisition Committee Meeting

George Moore Suite, 1st Floor

15:15 to 16:15

E-Commerce Committee Meeting

George Moore Suite, 1st Floor

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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Intellectual Property Committee Meeting

Constitution Suite, 1st Floor

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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Startup Committee Meeting

St. Steven Suite, 1st Floor

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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16:30 to 17:30

Cyber Crime Committee Meeting

St. Steven Suite, 1st Floor

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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Interactive Entertainment & Media Committee Meeting

George Moore Suite, 1st Floor

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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Technology Sourcing Committee Meeting

Constitution Suite, 1st Floor

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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17:00 to 18:00

Overview of Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework

Adams Suite, 1st Floor

17:30 to 18:00

New Attendee Reception

No 27 Bar at The Shelbourne Hotel

Are you new to ITechLaw or is this your first ITechLaw Conference? If so, the Young Lawyer’s Committee invites you to network with current ITechLaw leaders. This is a great opportunity to make new connections, learn about ITechLaw, and have some fun before the conference begins.

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18:00 to 19:30

Welcome Reception

No 27 Bar at The Shelbourne Hotel

Join your colleagues in kicking off the conference with a drink at No 27 Bar.  All attendees are invited to attend this reception to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

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20:00 to 21:30

Young Lawyer Reception, co-sponsored with AIJA

37 Dawson Street

All lawyers are invited to continue networking at this informal reception happening after the welcome reception. Snacks and a limited open bar will be provided. Transportation is not provided.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

06:30 to 07:00

Fun Run

Lobby of The Shelbourne Hotel

There will be two groups a 5k and 8K, each running/jogging at approximately 11km/hour. The 5k run will be about 30 minutes in length and the 8k about 45 minutes in length  

All who would like to attend will meet in the lobby of the Shelbourne.

Organized by Philip Nolan and Mark Rasdale.

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07:30 to 09:00

Breakfast

Saddle Room Restaurant (for those staying at the hotel)

Join us for breakfast with your colleagues at The Shelbourne Hotel's award winning Saddle Room Restaurant.

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07:30 to 18:00

Registration

Pre-Function Area, Ground Floor

08:45 to 09:00

Presidential Welcome

Great Room, Ground Floor

09:00 to 09:25

Keynote with Helen Dixon

Great Room, Ground Floor

09:30 to 11:00

Session 1: Enforcement: A Transatlantic Conversation

Great Room, Ground Floor

While European practioners and litigators are still waiting to defend their clients against multi-million dollar GDPR fines, the Federal Trade Commission recently hit Facebook with a record fine of 5 billion USD in connection with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Is this just the beginning of a contest for enforcement agencies around the world? When will the GDPR show more than milk teeth? When will European DPAs start imposing hefty fines? Is Cambridge Analytica just the beginning? Will there be more billion dollar fines, imposed on Big Tech by American and European regulators? What are the differences between Europe and America?

  • Niko Härting, HÄRTING Rechtsanwälte, Germany, Moderator
  • Helen Dixon, Irish Government, Ireland
  • Ruth Boardman, Bird & Bird, United Kingdom
  • Chantal Bernier, Dentons, Canada
  • Amanda Witt, Kilpatrick Townsend, United States
  • Helena Koning, Mastercard, The Netherlands
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11:00 to 11:30

Networking Break

Pre-Function Area, Ground Floor

11:30 to 13:00

Session 2A: Writing the playbook – AI’s impact and challenge for you and your clients (First presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

Artificial Intelligence raises many issues both in respect of our own practice as lawyers and the impact on our clients' business. Could smart contracts and machine learning vastly reduce our role? What industries will be most impacted by AI and when; should we regulate by industry or more generally? How do we ensure "ethics" are part of the decision making process. Can current intellectual property legislation deal with AI inventions or how can we protect a company's IP? The European Commission is suspicious of AI; Are there dangers for consumers? Can access to big data be anti-competitive in certain circumstances?

  • Richard Kemp, Kemp IT Law, United Kingdom
  • Sabine von Oelffen, Osborne Clarke, Germany
  • Pierre Kirch, Paul Hastings LLP, France/Belgium 
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Session 2B: A Global Comparative Analysis of Technology Company M&A Transactions (First presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

This session’s panelists will discuss key strategic and legal issues encountered in mergers and acquisitions involving technology companies and how these issues are perceived and addressed in diverse jurisdictions. Topics will include due diligence concerns, representation and warranty insurance, regulatory considerations, indemnification for intellectual property infringement, and transaction structure.  

  • Rob Weiss, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, United States, Moderator
  • Michelle Vigod, Goodmans LLP, Canada
  • Alessandra Simons, Goodwin, United States
  • Sven Greulich, Orrick, Germany
  • Clara-Ann Gordon, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland
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Session 2C: eSport: Exploring legal aspects of a global phenomenon

The Shelbourne Hotel

eSport is gaming, computing, media, and sports events all at once. Fuelled by a wave of consoles and consumer spend, eSport is Fortnite, League of Legends and FIFA. For lawyers there are a multitude of issues: Is it a “sport”? What are the team/player dynamics and player welfare concerns? Where does technology law, IP, data, regulation, contract law, sponsorships and brand management fit in? Join leading global stakeholders comprising player representatives, teams, publishers and legal advisors in exploring the business and legal landscape of esports, discussing comparisons with traditional sports and reflecting on the future of the eSport global phenomenon.

  • Trevor Keane, SportEgo, Ireland, Moderator
  • Anna Baumann, Rogue, Germany
  • Jonny Madill, Sheridans, London
  • Simona Lavagnini, LGV Avvocati, Italy
  • Andrew Cooke, Fnatic, United Kingdom
  • Bogac Erozan, Rior, Turkey
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Session 2D: The Move From Pen and Paper to Bits and Bytes – How Technology is Disrupting the Legal World

The Shelbourne Hotel

Many industries have gone through disruptive change. So is it time for the legal industry to go through it too, or is it already? Clients are increasingly looking to their legal advisors for greater cost management and transparency, efficiency in service delivery and proof of value. Is technology the solution to meeting those needs, and if it is, what challenges do law firms face in applying and adapting to the technology? In our panel discussion, we will hear the views and experience from the perspective of in-house legal counsel and operations, LegalTech providers and private practice lawyers.

  • Oscar Montezuma, Niubox Legal, Peru, Moderator
  • Claire Fitzpatrick, ConsenSys, Ireland
  • Alex Kelly, Brightflag, Ireland
  • Mo Zain Ajaz, National Grid UK, United Kingdom
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13:00 to 14:15

In-House Counsel Lunch

The Saddle Room restaurant, Martyn Turner Room

14:15 to 15:45

Session 3A: Writing the playbook – AI’s impact and challenge for you and your clients (Second presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

Artificial Intelligence raises many issues both in respect of our own practice as lawyers and the impact on our clients' business. Could smart contracts and machine learning vastly reduce our role? What industries will be most impacted by AI and when; should we regulate by industry or more generally? How do we ensure "ethics" are part of the decision making process. Can current intellectual property legislation deal with AI inventions or how can we protect a company's IP? The European Commission is suspicious of AI; Are there dangers for consumers? Can access to big data be anti-competitive in certain circumstances?

  • Richard Kemp, Kemp IT Law, United Kingdom
  • Sabine von Oelffen, Osborne Clarke, Germany
  • Pierre Kirch, Paul Hastings LLP, France/Belgium 
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Session 3B: A Global Comparative Analysis of Technology Company M&A Transactions (Second presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

This session’s panelists will discuss key strategic and legal issues encountered in mergers and acquisitions involving technology companies and how these issues are perceived and addressed in diverse jurisdictions. Topics will include due diligence concerns, representation and warranty insurance, regulatory considerations, indemnification for intellectual property infringement, and transaction structure.

  • Rob Weiss, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, United States, Moderator
  • Michelle Vigod, Goodmans LLP, Canada
  • Alessandra Simons, Goodwin, United States
  • Sven Greulich, Orrick, Germany
  • Clara-Ann Gordon, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland
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Session 3E: Cybersecurity

The Shelbourne Hotel

An examination of the increasing proliferation of cyber-security breaches and their sophisticated nature, and how companies can manage these risks and the related regulatory burdens.

  • Sharda Balaji, NovoJuris, India Moderator 
  • Robert Milligan, Seyfarth Shaw, United States
  • Eoin Keary, Edgescan, Ireland
  • Hélène Deschamps-Marquis, Canada
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Session 3F: Standard Essential Patents – The Impact of recent controversial UK decisions and the future uses of SEPs in AI

The Shelbourne Hotel

What do smart phones, tablets, GIFs, JPEGs and 5G all have in common – none of these would be as ubiquitous as they are without standard essential patents. The technology and patents underlying each of these has at some stage been subject to standard essential patent (SEP) licensing. Without a SEP structure we would all be fumbling about with multiple iterations of proprietary technology products all struggling to interoperate and communicate with each other. Simply put, the world of telecommunications would grind to a halt! SEPs and their licensing terms (known as FRAND – fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) are a big deal again thanks to some recent controversial UK High Court decisions (Unwired Planet v Huawei and Huawei v Conversant, now making their way to the Supreme Court) and the likelihood of SEPs and FRAND licences forming the standard structure for many applications of AI like autonomous vehicles. The ongoing saga of the Unwired Planet and Conversant cases gives rise to substantial debate from the perspective of jurisdiction, global licensing and settling FRAND terms including royalties. The cases also involve detailed discussions on the use/misuse of injunctions in the context of FRAND licensing and more broadly cases in this area deal with the cross over between technology, IP, competition and antitrust law. Many of the same issues occur in similar cases in the US such as FTC v Qualcomm.

  • Gene Quinn, IPWatchdog, United States, Moderator
  • Sophie Lawrance, Bristows LLP, United Kingdom
  • Steve Andersen, International Center for Dispute Resolution, United States
  • Arty Rajendra, Osborne Clarke, United Kingdom
  • Ralph Nack, Noerr, Germany 
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15:45 to 16:00

Networking Break

Pre-Function Area, Ground Floor

16:00 to 17:30

Session 4: FinTech

This session will look at current industry trends, the issues challengers face in scaling internationally and the explore some of the strategies being adopted by established players as the market evolves. 

  • Helene Panzarino, SBC Colab FinTech, United Kingdom, Moderator
  • Julian Sawyer, Formerly Starling Bank, United Kingdom
  • Sinead Fitzmaurice, TransferMate, Ireland
  • Michael Cocoman, Stripe, United States
  • Rohan Bagai, AZB & Partners, India
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19:00 to 23:00

Gala Reception & Dinner

The Round Room at The Mansion House

After a full day of conference sessions, we invite all attendees and their guests to the Gala Reception and Dinner. The black-tie Gala Dinner is a hallmark of ITechLaw’s annual conference and is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow attendees at the uniquely Dublin venue of The Round Room adjacent to The Mansion House. Local Irish entertainment will be provided! The evening activities will be as follows:

  • 19:00 – Reception begins
  • 20:30 – Dinner with entertainment begins

Black-tie recommended. Ticketed event. Transportation not provided.

Sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran

 

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Friday, November 1, 2019

07:30 to 09:00

Breakfast

The Saddle Room Restaurant (for those staying at the hotel)

07:50 to 08:50

I-WIN Committee Breakfast Meeting

Deirdre Suite, 1st Floor

08:00 to 16:00

Registration

Pre-Function Area, Ground Floor

09:00 to 10:30

Session 5: Blockchain Enabled Innovation - Crypto and Beyond

Great Room, Ground Floor

This session will explore the opportunities blockchain technology presents, by reference to real use cases and will consider some of the regulatory and other challenges to adoption. 

  • Padraig Walsh, Tanner De WittHong Kong, Moderator
  • Jim Gatto, Sheppard Mullin, United States
  • Ursula Johnston, Gowling WGL, United Kingdom
  • Markus Kaulartz, CMS Munich, Germany
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10:30 to 11:00

Conference Thought Leadership: How to be Involved

Setanta Suite, 1st Floor

Networking Break

Pre-Function Area, Ground Floor

11:00 to 12:30

Session 6G: Data Protection and International Data Transfer

This panel session will discuss how international political developments (including Brexit) and increased regulatory intervention and powers are influencing corporate decision making in relation to data protection compliance. The wide ranging discussion is also expected to touch on the most current and topical issues in data protection including industry reaction/response to the first significant GDPR fines and enforcement trends.

  • Melissa Maalouf, ZwillGen, United States, Moderator
  • Johnny Ryan, Brave, United States
  • Idriss Kechida, Match Group, Ireland
  • John Orta, Nextdoor, United States
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Session 6H: Digital Transformation in Healthcare

St. Steven Suite, 1st Floor

Business transformations are challenging, digital transformations are hard but digital transformations in healthcare are really hard.  All our clients wrestle with the issues around digital transformations and are themselves subjected to continuous pressure to “transform”.  This session will examine the issues by way of case studies on the radical transformations taking place in the Electronic Health industry.  The speakers all have hands-on practical experience of implementing change themselves or advising and assisting businesses with the transformation – what constitutes a successful transformation, how do you get the job done in a highly regulated environment, how do you bring the business with you?

  • Phil Catania, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia, Moderator
  • Fran Thompson, Health Service Executive, Ireland
  • Philip Maurer, Google, United Kingdom
  • Pedro Lopez, Novartis, United Kinddom
  • Dermot Byrne, Irish Medicines Verification Organisation, Ireland
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Session 6J: Trends in Technology Outsourcing - Part II

Constitution Suite, 1st Floor

The story is eerily familiar.  Customer engages service provider to implement an enterprise SAP solution across its various sites. The engagement is complex, multi-year and requires significant resources from both parties. Alas, the implementation is increasingly subject to delays and cost overruns. The relationship between the parties deteriorates.  Customer refuses to accept and pay the provider invoices and ultimately terminates, and then sues the provider for more than $100 million.  Provider counterclaims.  Let the finger pointing begin!

In a follow-up to the successful session in Milan CIS General Insurance v IBM UK:  More Lessons learned from another Failed Agile Project, this session will review a second real-life lawsuit, in this case regarding a failed SAP implementation.  How did this happen? How can you advise the clients? And what key lessons learned can you distill from this lawsuit to help your clients avoid these expensive, and very public, lawsuits? This session will have the two speakers alternate as counsel to plaintiff customer, and counsel to defendant vendor. Each speaker argues the actual facts of the lawsuit - from their perspective - with a view to identifying lessons learned in what is sure to be another memorable, practical and thought-provoking session

  • John Beardwood, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Canada
  • Eugene Weitz, Marshall Denning LLP, United States
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12:30 to 13:50

Latin America Committee Meeting

Seperate tables during lunch

Networking Lunch

Young Lawyer Committee

Seperate tables during lunch

13:50 to 14:30

Workshop 1: Anonymization and pseudonymization of personal data – what techniques are available and how they interplay with GDPR? (first presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

Anonymization and pseudonymization of data allows for, respectively, taking data out of the scope of GDPR or making them secure. During the workshop several anonymization and pseudonymization techniques will be presented and the participants will try to decide which of them is the most suitable in the context of GDPR. The discussion will also concern best practices for anonymization and pseudonimization of personal data. 

  • Katarzyna Szczudlik, Wardynski & Partners, Poland
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Workshop 2: Platform Host Liability (first presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

This workshop is the first in a series of sessions to be held by the Interactive Entertainment and Media Committee that address the liability issues faced by platform hosts and other online intermediaries and marketplaces. The multijurisdictional panel brought together for this workshop will feature participants from the United Kingdom, the European Union and North America, and the discussion will focus on recent developments in platform host liability relating to advertising, creative content, trademarks and other third party content.

  • Jeremy Morton, Temple Bright, United Kingdom
  • Axel Anderl, DORDA, Austria
  • Charles Mudd, Mudd Law, United States
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Workshop 3: Artificial Intelligence (first presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

Join ITechLaw to discuss the recent publication, Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework, and offer comments and critique on the framework. The first workshop time slot will focus on the framework overall and the second workshop time slot will focus specifically on Open Data and Open Source. Led by the Chair and Vice Chair of the AI Committee

  • John Buyers, Osborne Clarke, United Kingdom
  • Susan Barty, CMS London, United Kingdom
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Workshop 4: Dispute Resolution (first presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

  • Adam Rattray, WIPO
  • Stuart Davey, Pinsent Masons, United Kingdom
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14:35 to 15:15

Workshop 1: Anonymization and pseudonymization of personal data – what techniques are available and how they interplay with GDPR? (second presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

Anonymization and pseudonymization of data allows for, respectively, taking data out of the scope of GDPR or making them secure. During the workshop several anonymization and pseudonymization techniques will be presented and the participants will try to decide which of them is the most suitable in the context of GDPR. The discussion will also concern best practices for anonymization and pseudonimization of personal data. 

  • Katarzyna Szczudlik, Wardynski & Partners, Poland
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Workshop 2: Platform Host Liability (second presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

This workshop is the first in a series of sessions to be held by the Interactive Entertainment and Media Committee that address the liability issues faced by platform hosts and other online intermediaries and marketplaces. The multijurisdictional panel brought together for this workshop will feature participants from the United Kingdom, the European Union and North America, and the discussion will focus on recent developments in platform host liability relating to advertising, creative content, trademarks and other third party content.

  • Jeremy Morton, Temple Bright, United Kingdom
  • Axel Anderl, DORDA, Austria
  • Charles Mudd, Mudd Law, United States
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Workshop 3: Artificial Intelligence (second presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

Join ITechLaw to discuss the recent publication, Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework, and offer comments and critique on the framework. The first workshop time slot will focus on the framework overall and the second workshop time slot will focus specifically on Open Data and Open Source. Led by the Chair and Vice Chair of the AI Committee

  • John Buyers, Osborne Clarke, United Kingdom
  • Susan Barty, CMS London, United Kingdom
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Workshop 4: Dispute Resolution (second presentation)

The Shelbourne Hotel

  • Adam Rattray, WIPO
  • Stuart Davey, Pinsent Masons, United Kingdom
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15:15 to 15:45

Networking Break

15:45 to 17:15

Session 7: Government Cybersecurity & Agency Access to Data

Great Room, Ground Floor

17:15 to 17:30

Closing Remarks

Great Room, Ground Floor

18:00 to 19:30

Closing Reception

Medley