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The Challenge of Digital Disruption and Data Governance to Intellectual Property Rights & the Surveyors of the Future

  • 11/10/2021
  • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Queens Ballroom Hilton Brisbane 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD 4000



Data, and the use of data are contentious questions for any business. Changes to IP, copyright and data ownership are continually being challenged by AI, machine learning & robotics.

The surveying industry, and the data ownership rights are a continually changing landscape for cadastral Surveyors.

Our panel of data & industry experts will examine the changes to IP, copyright and the disruption of our current business models that current & future technologies are creating, with an open discussion about the current & future governance considerations that may affect each of our business now and in the coming years.

Please join us for an insightful, interesting and challenging discussion around how technology & big data are redefining our business opportunities.

The Panelists

Professor Kevin McDougall, Head of School, Civil Engineering and Surveying University of Southern Queensland

Professor Kevin McDougall is currently the Professor of Surveying and Spatial Information in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).  He holds a Bachelor of Surveying (First Class Honours) and Master of Surveying and Mapping Science from the University of Queensland, and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. 

Prior to his current position, Kevin has held appointments as Head of School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (2013-2020), Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (Academic) Faculty of Engineering and Surveying (2010-2013) and the Head of Discipline of Surveying and Spatial Science at USQ.

Kevin has been a company director in a private surveying practice, held teaching positions at University of Queensland and USQ and completed a significant number of consultancy contracts in Australia and overseas. Kevin’s research interests include spatial information sharing, crowd sourcing of spatial data, property data and extending the utilisation of spatial information for the benefit of the community.

He has served on a range of industry bodies and positions including the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, Queensland Board of Surveyors, Foundation President of the Australasian Spatial Information Education and Research Association (ASIERA), Council Member of USQ and is currently a Director of the Board of Trustees for the Queensland Surveying Education Foundation.  Kevin is a Fellow of Spatial Sciences Institute, an Engineering Executive, a Companion Member of Engineers Australia, and a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors.

Nicole Stephensen, Principal Consultant, Ground Up Consulting Pty Ltd

Nicole is Principal Consultant at Ground Up Consulting, a boutique firm she established in 2011. There, she provides capacity building and privacy by design services across government, private and not for profit sectors.

With over 20 years in the privacy profession, Nicole believes in building sustainable privacy programs and embedding ‘privacy mindset’ into organisational culture. She is a sought-after speaker about privacy and its interface with information security, risk management, ethics and trust. She is a subject matter expert and guest lecturer for tertiary education providers in Australia, Canada and United States and is author of course curricula focused on information privacy rights and privacy and cybersecurity acculturation.

Nicole is a leading member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and hosts the IAPP’s KnowledgeNet Chapter for Queensland. Prior to its incorporation into the larger IAPP in 2019, Nicole was also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ Chapter (iappANZ) where she sat for three consecutive terms on the Board. She is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Data Leadership, an initiative of the Smart Cities Council of Australia-New Zealand (SCCANZ) and was the 2020 SCCANZ Smart Cities Leadership Award winner. Nicole served a three-year term as Executive Director for Privacy and Data Protection at the Internet of Things Security Institute, where she co-authored the IoTSI Security Framework for Smart Cities and Critical Infrastructure and hosted a bi-weekly podcast, Privacy Matters.

Nicole additionally lends her privacy expertise to the digital policy arena – focusing on matters affecting children and young people, such as privacy and digital footprints, online safety, cyber-bullying, image-based abuse and child exploitation.

Adam Beck , Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand Secretariat, Centre for Data Leadership

Adam is an urbanist who has worked for private sector consultancies and leading global non-government organisations to advance sustainable community outcomes for over 25 years.

As Executive Director with the Smart Cities Council, he works with the world’s longest running smart cities organisation focussed on catalysing action and investment in technology and data to accelerate liveability, workability and sustainability.

Adam is Program Lead for many of the SCC’s core initiatives, such as the Centre for Data Leadership, Future of Place and Code13 (An SDG Action Lab). Adam also curates the Australia New Zealand Digital Twin Hub and the global Smart Cities Academy.

Prior to this Adam was Director of Innovation at EcoDistricts, where developed a collaborative governance model for urban regeneration across North America and beyond.

Adam was also Executive Director at the Green Building Council of Australia where is facilitated the creation of the Green Star Communities certification system for sustainable urban development.

Before entering the mission-driven sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including GHD and almost a decade with Arup.

Adam spent time in academia as a lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland.

To be moderated by Neil Makepeace, Managing Partner and CEO, GWI

As Managing Partner and CEO of GWI, Neil Makepeace leads a team of specialist advisors who are trusted by government, corporates and communities to unlock information and data and solve complex business problems. He was founding chair of the Open Data Institute Queensland, a non-profit organisation dedicated to creating value through open data. 

Having worked as a diplomat in Washington DC, Neil continues to be sought for his unique ability to interpret complex technology needs, and to negotiate the right solutions. He is a proven expert in major public sector ICT programs.  

Neil volunteers on the board of Autism Queensland and co-founded Mates4Mates, a charity committed to supporting injured members of the Australian Defence Forces. Neil served as an officer in the British military for 25 years, during which time he specialised in the procurement of defence communication and information systems to meet complex and often sensitive business needs.  

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