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Regulating Open Data (online)

Led by Professor David Lindsay, this short course will explore some of the key issues that must be addressed in the development and regulation of digital commerce, open data and applying artificial intelligence (AI) to data. Consumer data rights (CDR), cybersecurity, privacy and the ownership and control of digital information are issues that drive commerce in financial services, banking, and will soon in other sectors, such as energy.

About this course

Regulation of data raises complex legal, technical and commercial issues, involving emerging technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts and AI. The success of new regulatory models, such as the open banking regime, depends not only on law, but will require the trust and engagement of stakeholders, including the wider community. This course will provide expert insights from a variety of perspectives on the most pressing issues facing regulators, industry and citizens.

Course structure

9.00am: Welcome and introduction

Chair: Professor David Lindsay, UTS Law

9.05am: Data and digital assets, from consumer data rights to blockchain

Speaker: Dr Mark Staples, Senior Principal Researcher, CSIRO Data61

  • Data as an asset
  • Consumer data rights – Open Banking and horizons
  • Digital assets and blockchain.

9.40am: Data, sharing and use – what do we need to know about our data (can we actually know it, and where does it lead us?)

Speaker: Dr Ian Oppermann, Chief Data Scientist NSW, Industry Professor, UTS FEIT

  • Data sharing risks
  • Validity of “insights” in data – correlation is not cause
  • Privacy legislation
  • Data quality, completeness
  • Expertise and interpretation of data driven insights
  • Data sharing frameworks
  • Understanding the limitations of human complexity reflected in data.

10.15am: Consumer data rights – role of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Speaker: Paul Franklin, Executive General Manager, Consumer Data Right Division, ACCC

  • Legislative framework
  • CDR rules
  • Role of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) 
  • Thirteen privacy safeguards
  • Accrediting potential data recipients
  • Establishing and maintaining a register of accredited persons
  • Monitoring compliance and taking enforcement action where necessary
  • Recommending future sectors to which the CDR should apply
  • Future directions - energy.

10.50am: Virtual morning tea break (15 mins)

11.05am: Cybersecurity rules and regulations: raising the bar

Speaker: Professor Patrick Fair, Principal, Patrick Fair Associates

  • Managing a data breach: practical issues in mandatory data breach analysis and notification
  • Regulatory obligations for directors and managers:

            -  Existing frameworks and requirements

            Recommendations: Government Advisory Group Report

            -  New rules and the sovereign data cloud

            Elements of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy

  • The national security framework: what can our agencies do and what can we know about it?

11.40am: Reg Tech - what it is and why it matters? 

Speakers: Deborah Young, CEO, The RegTech Association and Debra Kruse, Head of Legal and Commercial, Verifier

  • An overview
  • What is it anyway?
  • Who cares?
  • How is it applied?
  • A use case: consumer data right/responsible lending
  • What are the challenges?
  • What are the opportunities?


Facilitator: Peter Leonard, Principal, Data Synergies

  • Hypothetical case study – vulnerable citizens in an open data environment
  • How not to be the next Robodebt - addressing algorithmic accountability in business practice.

Panel Discussion - other speakers will be joined by

  • Mark Tyndall, VP, Markets & Growth APAC, Neota Logic
  • Alison Drayton, Principal, Drayton Sher Lawyers

12.55pm: Questions from audience

1.15pm: Close


Learning outcomes

This short course will equip participants to:

  • Understand the issues around open data and digital commerce
  • Advise clients regarding cybersecurity and data regulation.

Online delivery requirements

This course will be facilitated online using Zoom video conferencing with course materials provided via Canvas LMS. You will need:

  • Access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection
  • Operating system with a web browser compatible with the Canvas LMS
  • Speakers or headphones for audio 
  • Microphone and video camera functionality (optional but recommended)
  • Please be on time, your Zoom sessions will commence at 9am AEDT.


A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you are eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number in your UTS Open Profile (under A bit about you).

When signing up for the Session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your Cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that there’s a limit of one discount rate per participant.

Who is this course for?

  • Lawyers in general practice
  • Contract and commercial law specialists
  • In-house counsel and general counsel teams
  • Legal officers
  • Non-executive directors
  • Contract managers, tender and IT procurement managers
  • Financial dispute resolution practitioners
  • Financial law regulation and litigation lawyers
  • Banking and finance lawyers
  • Regulatory and government lawyers.


Please contact the Law Short Courses team at with any queries.



02 March




4 hrs

Meet the Experts

Professor David Lindsay

Professor David Lindsay

Professor David Lindsay joined UTS:Law in 2018 after previously working at Monash University. David is an expert in law and technology, and is widely published in the areas of copyright, privacy, cyberlaw and communications law.

He is the author of International Domain Name Law (Hart, 2007) and co-author of Copyright's Public Domains (CUP, 2018). At UTS he teaches Equity and Trusts, Copyright and Designs, and is the convenor of the Applied Project in Law, Innovation and Technology. David is General Editor of the Australian Intellectual Property Journal and a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation.

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Dr Mark Staples

Dr Mark Staples
Senior Principal Researcher, CSIRO Data61

Mark has been with Data61 since its merger with NICTA in late 2015. He is a Senior Principal Researcher in the Software and Computational Systems program, and leads a Challenge pilot across Data61 on visible and connected supply chains. He coordinates most of the blockchain research at Data61, and leads various blockchain projects including work towards the Australian National Blockchain. He is the Data61 representative on Standards Australia's blockchain and distributed ledger technology standardisation committee as part of ISO's technical committee TC307.

In 2017 Mark led a NISA-funded project with The Treasury on technical risks and opportunities for blockchain-based systems.

He joined NICTA as a researcher in 2004. Between 2008 and 2011, he led the Managing Complexity research group (was "Empirical Software Engineering") at the ATP lab. In 2010-2011, he was also the founding leader of the international research collaboration Fraunhofer Project Centre on Transport and Logistics at NICTA. As an activity of the Project Centre and in collaboration with SAP Research and Fraunhofer IESE, Mark led the creation of the Future Logistics Living Lab. The living lab continues now as the Transport and Logistics Living Lab. Earlier at NICTA he led a project on Understanding the Impact of CMMI on SMEs, and conducted research in projects on Business Adaptation and Interoperation, and on Trustworthy Embedded Systems. He also led the definition of the strategy for the earlier Software Infrastructure business area.

In 2014, Mark had a sabbatical year working as Systems Engineering Team Leader for Saluda Medical, a NICTA spinout company developing implantable medical devices for neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulation, for chronic neuropathic pain).

Mark holds a conjoint appointment at UNSW with the School of Computer Science and Engineering, and supervises a number of PhD students in software engineering.

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Dr Ian Oppermann

Dr Ian Oppermann
Chief Data Scientist NSW, Industry Professor UTS FEIT

Dr Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service, and Industry Professor at UTS. Ian has 27 years’ experience in the ICT sector and has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.

Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3500 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is a Fellow and President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.

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Paul Franklin

Paul Franklin
Executive General Manager, Consumer Data Right Division, ACCC

Paul Franklin joined the ACCC in January 2020 to lead the implementation of Australia’s Consumer Data Right.  Prior to joining the ACCC Paul spent more than twenty years working in payments and financial services, including innovation in domestic and international payments.  He worked on the design and development of Australia’s New Payments Platform, and is a former Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair of the Australian Payments Network (AusPayNet).

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Professor Patrick Fair

Professor Patrick Fair
Principal, Patrick Fair Associates

Patrick is an experienced commercial lawyer with extensive experience and recognised expertise in in intellectual property, competition law, telecommunications and privacy law. He advises clients in the telecommunications industry including mobile operators, digital service providers and satellite service providers.

Patrick chairs the Communication Security Reference Panel at Communications Alliance comprising representatives from across the Australian telecommunications industry. In his role as chair of the Panel Patrick has played a significant role in consideration, review and industry response to recent major telecommunications regulatory reforms including the introduction of mandatory data retention rules, implementation of the telecommunications security sector reforms and has played a role in the recent broad public debate regarding the Telecommunications and other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act also known as the Encryption Bill.

Patrick has a detailed familiarity with privacy and data security law including mandatory data breach notification obligations and issues that arise in relation to the compromise of personal information by accident and malicious attack. He has extensive experience assisting with analysis of the potential impact of a data breach including whether or not the statutory threshold of serious harm has been reached.

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Deborah Young

Deborah Young
CEO, The RegTech Association

Deborah Young is the founding CEO of The RegTech Association, a non-profit industry member body focussed on accelerating adoption of RegTech solutions and creating a global centre of RegTech excellence. She has led the growth from 8 organisations to more than 150 organisations in less than 3 years including global RegTech firms, top tier banks, global technology companies and consulting firms and has achieved year on year growth in revenue and a growing global impact.

Deborah sits on the Australian Federal Government FinTech Advisory Committee, NSW Government ICT Procurement Task Force, is an observer on the ASIC Digital Committee and a regular presenter and co-designer of RegTech programs for the association and its partners and with regulators in Australia and overseas.

Deborah is an accomplished chief executive, non-executive director, mentor and strategic business consultant. She has over 20 years' experience as a senior executive across financial services, including investment banking, private equity, venture capital, superannuation and insurance spectrums. Deborah holds an Executive MBA (Global) from UTS Business School and she was a finalist as CEO of the Year in the Women in Finance Awards in 2019 and was one of the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence in 2019 for Innovation.

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Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard
Principal, Data Synergies Pty Limited; Professor of Practice, University of NSW Business School

Based in Sydney, Australia, Peter Leonard is a data, content and technology business consultant and lawyer, advising data-driven businesses and government agencies. Peter is principal of Data Synergies and a Professor of Practice at UNSW Business School (Information Systems and Business and Taxation Law). 

Peter chairs the IoTAA’s Data Access, Use and Privacy work stream, the Law Society of New South Wales’ Privacy and Data Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s AI Ethics Technical Committee. He serves on a number of corporate and advisory boards, including of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Peter was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin, now a large Australian law firm. Following his retirement as a partner in 2017, he continues to assist Gilbert + Tobin as a consultant.

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Book a session

Tue 02 Mar 2021 -
Tue 02 Mar 2021
Expert: Professor David Lindsay, Dr Mark Staples, Dr Ian Oppermann, Paul Franklin, Professor Patrick Fair, Deborah Young, Peter Leonard
  • This course will be delivered online through Canvas and Zoom session
  • Online
  • 1 session, 4 hours total

This webinar is conducted via Zoom. For optimum participation, you should have a functioning webcam, microphone and headphone or speakers.

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