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Mark Elliot is senior lecturer in social statistics. His research focus is statistical confidentiality. He founded the internationally renowned Confidentiality and Privacy Research Group (CAPRI) in 2002, and has managed numerous research projects within CAPRI remit (six of which have been carried jointly with computer science colleagues with funding variously from EPSRC, ESRC and the Office for National Statistics). He is one of the key international researchers in the field of Statistical Disclosure and has an extensive portfolio of research grants and publications in the field. Last year his field defining book “Statistical Confidentiality” (written jointly with George Duncan and JJ Salazar) was published too much acclaim.

Professor Elliot collaborates widely with non-academic partners, particularly with national statistical agencies (e.g. Office for National Statistics, US Bureau of the Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics) where he has been a key influence on disclosure control methodology used in censuses and surveys and where the SUDA software developed in collaboration with colleagues in Computer Science in Manchester is currently employed.

Elaine Mackey is a well established researcher into the broader aspects of statistical confidentiality where the statistical, data management and social policy meet. Her PhD demonstrated the value of using game theory to map disclosure attack scenarios. She has recently worked as part of the Data Environment Analysis Service mapping the data that an attacker might feasibly use to identify individuals in anonymised datasets.


Kieron O’Hara is a senior research fellow in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. His interests are in the philosophy, sociology and politics of technology, particularly the World Wide Web and the Semantic Web; key themes are trust, transparency, privacy and the use of technology to support human memory. He has had a central involvement in the development of the discipline of Web Science. He is the author of several books, including: ‘Plato and the Internet’ (2002); ‘Trust: From Socrates to Spin’ (2004); ‘ Power, Poverty and the Digital Divide’ (2006, with David Stevens); and ‘The Spy in the Coffee Machine: The End of Privacy As We Know It’ (2008, with Nigel Shadbolt), as well as ‘A Framework for Web Science’ (2006, with Tim Berners-Lee et al), for the journal ‘Foundations and Trends in Web Science’. He has also written extensively on British politics and political theory, and is a research fellow for the Centre for Policy Studies, and a research fellow with CONCEPT: the Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Theory. He writes frequently for popular journals and newspapers, has appeared several times on radio and television, and regularly blogs for the Centre for Policy Studies. His latest book is ‘Huxley: A Beginner’s Guide’ (2012), and he is currently engaged in writing about online religious extremism. He chairs the transparency sector panel for crime and criminal justice for the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. His report on privacy in the context of the UK government’s transparency programme, ‘Transparent Government, Not Transparent Citizens’, was published in September 2011.”


Keith Spicer has been Head of ONS Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC) Methodology since April 2008. In that time he has led the methodological work towards the disclosure control policy and practice for the 2011 UK Census, including the move away from post-tabular to pre-tabular methods. The ONS and GSS disclosure control guidance documents on microdata, admin data and survey data have also been developed and published during this time.

Keith is a regular presenter on statistical disclosure control at ONS and Census events, has presented at international conferences (UNECE SDC) and was the lead for ONS in the European NSI network that has led to the recent publication of A Handbook of Statistical Disclosure Control, part of the Wiley Series in Survey Methodology.

Previously, Keith worked in the ONS for four years on Vital Statistics Outputs and on Census, predominantly on advising on disclosure control, for three years as a statistician for the Home Office, and for seven years as a lecturer / senior lecturer in Research Methods, Statistics and Criminology at Southampton Institute.

Caroline Tudor is a Methodologist in the Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC) team at the Office for National Statistics and has worked there since 2002. She has a background in statistics: BSc LSE (2001) and MSc UCL (2002). In 2008 she gained a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton developing new methods of geographical perturbation for disclosure control. Innovations from this research have been implemented in the SDC policy for the 2011 Census. Current interests include disclosure issues arising from the government’s open data agenda and related to this, simulating “intruder attacks” on census and survey data


Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the University of Southampton and Head of the Web and Internet Science Group. He is a Director of the Web Science Trust, and of the Web Foundation – both organisations have a common commitment to advance our understanding of the Web and promote the Web’s positive impact on society.

In June 2009 together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee he was appointed an Information Advisor by the Prime Minister to help transform public access to Government information. A major output of this work has been the widely acclaimed site – a single point of access for all Government non-personal public data. In May 2010 he was appointed by the Coalition Government to the Public Sector Transparency Board responsible for setting open data standards across the public sector and developing the legal Right to Data. He also Chairs theLocal Data Panel seeking to promote and develop open data approaches within Local Government.

In its 50th Anniversary year 2006 – 07, Nigel was President of the British Computer Society.  He is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Computer Society. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary DSc by the University of Nottingham.

Between 2000-7, he was the Director of the £7.5m EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT).   AKT was particularly influential in establishing the viability and value of web-based semantic technologies.  He has recently been awarded a further £1.98m by the EPSRC to build on this work in the EnAKTing project. In 2005 the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) began to explore the use of this approach within Government in a pilot project AKTive PSI.

He has been involved in a wide range of entrepreneurial activities. In 2006 he was one of three founding Directors and Chief Technology Officer of Garlik Ltd, a company specialising in consumer products and services to put people and their families in control of their own digital information. In 2008 Garlik was awarded Technology Pioneer status by the Davos World Economic Forum and won the prestigious UK national BT Flagship IT Award. He is a Director of Tacit Connexions a company developing and deploying knowledge management tools, methods and solutions. He is also a founder of Seme4 Ltd a company that specialises in Semantic Web and Linked Data technology and consultancy. He is the co-author of The Spy in the Coffee Machine and has an interest in issues to do with privacy and trust in the Digital age. He was overall series consultant to the BBC’s landmark documentary series The Virtual Revolution.

From 2001 to 2004 he was Editor in Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems and in 2005 he was appointed Emeritus Editor in Chief.  He is also a Fellow of the European AI Association (ECCAI).

Jeni Tennison is the Technical Director of the Open Data Institute. She originally trained as a psychologist and knowledge engineer, gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development from the University of Nottingham. She went on to work as an independent consultant and practitioner, specialising in open data publishing and consumption, including XML, JSON and linked data APIs.

Before joining the ODI, Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for, which pioneered the use of open data APIs within the public sector, set a new standard in the publication of legislation on the web, and formed the basis of The National Archives’ strategy for bringing the UK’s legislation up to date as open, public data.

Within the wider UK public sector, Jeni worked on the early linked data work on, helping to engineer new standards for the publication of statistics as linked data; building APIs for geographic, transport and education data; and supporting the publication of public sector organograms as open data. She continues her work within the UK’s public sector as a member of both the UK Government Linked Data Group and the Open Data User Group.

Jeni has contributed to several international standards through the W3C, working on XSLT and XPath 2.0 within the XSL Working Group and on XProc within the XML Processing Working Group. She was appointed by Tim Berners-Lee to the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group in 2011 and has since chaired the W3C’s HTML Data Task Force.