Keynote speakers

Kashmir Hill is a US-based journalist who writes about technology and privacy. She is a deputy editor at Gizmodo Media Group, and has previously worked for Forbes Magazine and Above The Law, a legal blog. In the course of her journalism career, she has lived on Bitcoin, hacked a smart home, let a smart home spy on her, and cut the tech giants out of her life. She has received honors and awards from the National Press Club, the Society for Advanced Business Editing and Writing, and the National Press Foundation. She attended Duke University and has a masters in journalism from New York University. Follow Kashmir Hill On Twitter.

 Nigel Latta has worked for over two decades as a clinical psychologist, and more recently as an author and documentary maker. In his clinical career he worked in sex offender treatment programmes, schools, alcohol and drug treatment programmes, prisons, and with many thousands of families. He also consulted with the police, child youth and family, and the prison service. In more recent years he’s written books on both parenting and his work as a forensic psychologist which have now been published in nineteen countries. His television career has included documentaries on subjects ranging from parenting, to inequality, sugar, alcohol, Antarctic science, the psychology of money and most recently a series on neuroscience. In 2012 was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Follow Nigel Latta on Twitter.

John Edwards was appointed to the independent statutory position of Privacy Commissioner in 2014. He is currently serving his second five year term.  He provides independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues. John has practiced law in Wellington for over 20 years specialising in information law while representing a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has acted in legal roles for the Ministry of Health, State Services Commission, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Inland Revenue Department. His recent comments about Facebook in the aftermath of the Christchurch shootings were reported extensively in New Zealand and around the world. Follow John Edwards on Twitter.Richard Foy was appointed Chief Archivist and General Manager of Archives New Zealand in 2018.  He worked for over two years as the Director, Digital Strategy, Information and Knowledge Services at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). Richard has a background in information, software systems, technology architecture, and digital strategy. For 12 years, he consulted on technology to business, then joined the public service to lead enterprise architecture at the Ministry of Social Development, before joining DIA. He is one of New Zealand government’s leading ‘digerati’, a design-savvy futurist recognised for promoting an optimistic vision of digital technology as transformational for New Zealand. Follow Richard Foy on Twitter.