Ethics of an electronically connected world explored in free public event

Posted by es328 at Feb 23, 2017 10:03 AM |
University of Leicester to host lecture from Professor William Webb which discusses the ‘Internet of Things’ on Friday 17 March

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 23 February 2017

The development of the ‘Internet of Things’ and ethical questions concerning an electronically connected world will be explored in a free public lecture hosted by the University of Leicester on Friday 17 March.

Professor William Webb, Honorary Doctor of Science at Southampton University and Doctor of Technology at Anglia Ruskin University, will deliver the lecture titled “The Internet of Things: when engineers connect everything are we heroes or villains?” which will be the 19th Annual Industry Lecture hosted by the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering.

Professor Webb, who is one of the world’s leading wireless communications experts and Past President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, is the CEO of the Weightless Special Interest Group and has previously served as Motorola’s Director of Corporate Strategy.

To date, he has published 15 books, more than 100 papers, and is the author or joint-author of 18 patents.

‘Weightless technology’ refers to wireless connectivity for low-power, wide-area networks which can be used to deliver the ‘Internet of Things’.

The ‘Internet of Things’ envisages a future where millions of smart devices in our everyday lives are interconnected and able to collect and share data with each other.

The prospect of such an interconnected world has raised fears over the security of the systems and the privacy of personal data collected on the ‘Internet of Things’.

Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Head of the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering, said: “I am delighted that Professor William Webb has agreed to give the Annual Industry Lecture.

“This is a flagship event of the Department of Engineering, and I look forward to welcoming guests on the 17 March.”

The lecture will be held in the Rattray Lecture Theatre at the University of Leicester on Friday 17 March 2017 at 6pm.

Admission is free to attend by ticket only. The lecture is open to students, staff and the public.

To book your place at this lecture please contact Moira Cooper on or 0116 252 2547.

A free buffet supper will be available after the lecture in the Park Side Restaurant, Charles Wilson Building.


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