WikiLeaks Lawyer Jennifer Robinson to Headline World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona, September 19th and 20th, 2018

fanoni Mathieu
3 min readAug 27, 2018


Jennifer Robinson, the human rights lawyer at the heart of the defence team representing Julian Assange and Wikileaks, will be the headline speaker at the World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona this September.

After Julian Assange claimed asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, and especially in the five months since Ecuador cut his internet and communication channels, effectively silencing him, Ms. Robinson has become increasingly prominent as a voice for Assange and WikiLeaks, winning profound admiration for her passionate, composed, eloquent and rigorous advocacy of civil liberties. Having represented many high-profile international clients, including journalists and media organisations such as the BBC, New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), and whistleblowers on all aspects of media law, free speech and human rights, Ms. Robinson has come rightly to be recognized as one of the most important human rights advocates of our time. Her speech at the World Ethical Data Forum will explore many issues, including data and information privacy, individual rights, and her experiences representing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in the unambiguously hostile climate of the mainstream media and the adversarial relation to several states (including notoriously the US) they find themselves in.

One of the yet unannounced curiosities of the event is that the WDF also happens to be in possession of the last recording made by Julian Assange before his communication channels were cut off by the Ecuadorian embassy in March. An hour long, this never before seen video, covering subjects such as the conditions of his detainment, his reasons for beginning Wikileaks and his treatment at the hands of the press, the consequences for culture should Wikileaks disappear, the meaning and importance of cryptography, and the recent advances in AI hacking, cyber-warfare and surveillance technologies, is scheduled to be shown after Jennifer Robinson’s headline appearance.

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About the World Ethical Data Forum 2018

The WDF is a world-leading platform for discussion of the ethics and development of decentralised technologies. Held at the World Trade Centre in the city of Barcelona and including headline and keynote talks, presentations, workshops, networking lunches, drinks and parties based around the conference site, the WDF brings together experts, enthusiasts and investors from around the world. Talks and presentations will range over areas including mass data and data-analytic technologies, their use and safeguards, the importance of limits or lack of limits to access for security agencies and government, data rights, the commercial use of data by marketing, media organizations and big business, as well as recent innovations in artificial intelligence, the development of cryptocurrency and ICO regulation, and the benefits and pitfalls of blockchain technology and its future applications.

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