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Mapping the physical self: an introduction to direct-to-consumer genetics

13 October 2022
1.00pm – 2.00pm AEDT
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Mapping the physical self event

Join the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and the IEEE Society for Social Implications in Technology (Australia Chapter) (IEEE SSIT) for the fourth session in the Challenges for a Cyber-Physical World online seminar series: “Mapping the physical self: an introduction to direct-to-consumer genetics”.

In this seminar, Dr Andelka Phillips (UQ, Oxford) will provide an introduction to the world of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetics and some of the issues it raises. This will include discussion of the online contracts used by DTC companies and also introduce some key privacy issues in this context.

It draws upon Dr Phillips’ book Buying Your Self on the Internet: Wrap Contracts and Personal Genomics, which was published by Edinburgh University Press as the first volume in its Future Law series (paperback published 2021).

Dr Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in Law, Science and Technology at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland and a Research Affiliate at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX). Dr Phillips’ research interests are broadly in the areas of technology, health and privacy law. She is interested in the governance of new, emerging, and future technologies and their impacts on people, the environment, and the planet.

The Challenges for a Cyber-Physical World Seminar Series brings together interdisciplinary expertise to raise awareness on the issues unique to a society where the physical and the digital are increasingly intertwined. This series is intended for scholars and practitioners from law and other areas who are keen to learn about challenges in a cyber-physical world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

The session will be hosted by Dr Kayleen Manwaring, Stream Leader of Challenges for a Cyber-Physical World at the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation, Deputy Chair of the IEEE SSIT (Australia).