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Subhajit Basu

Associate Professor
University of Leeds

I am an Associate Professor in Information Technology Law where I teach and research on the regulation of the internet, including issues relating to privacy, data protection, freedom of expression and also e-commerce. I aim to explore the challenges that the Internet has created in transforming our lives, especially in the area of governance and in our legal framework. I am Deputy Director of Law and Emerging Technologies Research Group.

Biography

The focus of my research and writing is on “emerging technologies”, especially in the context of the “regulation of cyberspace”. Specifically I explore how online activities and behaviour can be regulated and how we can provide protection for those using the internet.

As a “realist” I care about the opportunities created by these technologies, in particular ensuring an effective adaptive regulatory framework. I continuously question the political and economic power that technologies offer – a power that can be seized and bought and sold. Who will own these technologies? Who will control them? Who will be ethically responsible for their application and use?

My research provokes and challenges established conventions around regulation. I am interested in all aspects of regulation of cyberspace and contribute to the important policy debate around privacy, freedom of expression and innovation. In today’s world most creative expression takes place on Twitter and Facebook but are they liable for their users’ online activities? Should they be legally responsible for what their users do and say?

Themes in my recent scholarship include: online privacy and protection for the individual – how should we develop the regulatory environment? How do we ensure a balance between privacy, freedom on the one hand and surveillance and security in the other? Liability of the intermediaries for regulation of undesirable online content including hate speech, the regulation of digital property and content; freedom of expression and privacy; taxation of e-commerce; consumer protection issues in e-commerce. In addition I have explored the growth of online criminal identities and how technology has provided a much more efficient tool for crime to occur including cyber-harassment, cyberstalking, trolling and financial frauds such as phishing.

One aspect of my research is about “empowering people” to give some of the control back to people/users. For past few years I have been working extensively on “data protection” issues from Health (e-health) / technology / regulation / privacy perspectives. My co-authored “Privacy and Healthcare Data: ‘Choice of Control’ to ‘Choice’ and ‘Control’?” (Ashgate, 2016) book aims to open up the debate of how data could help medical research. The book also aims to shape and inform policy and to prevent one specific party – government or industry from exerting too much control. We are developing our research to find answers to the question of how to balance individual privacy interests and community interests in the exploitation of healthcare data in light of progress that has been made in e-Health across the world.

I am author of the critically acclaimed book “Global Perspectives on E-Commerce Taxation Law (Ashgate, 2008). The book proposed the most effective mean for collection of consumption taxes which is technically feasible, efficient, and cost-effective. It examined the volatile and rapidly changing intersection of e-commerce and tax law, particularly it focused on how to ensure the effective collection of consumption taxes with respect to the cross-border supply of digital goods and services.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    The focus of my research and writing is on “emerging technologies”, especially in the context of the “regulation of cyberspace”. Understanding and making sense of the increasing amount of “data” that is out there, is central to my research. “Big data” has the ability to control our lives and I am particularly interested in how we can better inform and empower consumers. I am also keen to examine how we can update our legal framework so as to protect privacy and equip the public with the knowledge needed to make informed choices.

Personal Interests

    Liverpool Football Club

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Books

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 Featured Title - Privacy and Healthcare Data - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

ICTs in Developing Countries  Research, Practices and Policy Implications

Digital Divide, Digital Ethics, and E-government


Published: Apr 04, 2016 by ICTs in Developing Countries Research, Practices and Policy Implications
Authors: Subhajit Basu
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

In this chapter I will critically analyse the regulatory framework for e-governance from the perspective of developing countries. The potential of e-government as a development tool hinges upon three prerequisites – a minimum threshold level of technological infrastructure, human capital and e-connectivity – for all.

International Review of Law, Computers and Technology

The NHS information revolution: 'choice of control' to 'choice' and 'control


Published: Feb 04, 2013 by International Review of Law, Computers and Technology
Authors: C Munns and Subhajit Basu
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology & Social Policy, Health and Social Care, Information Science

This paper provides a novel and critical analysis of the necessary and important balance between 'individual privacy' and 'collective transparency'.

European Journal of Law and Technology

Stalking the Stranger in Web 2.0: A Contemporary Regulatory Analysis


Published: Feb 01, 2012 by European Journal of Law and Technology
Authors: Subhajit Basu
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Communication Studies

In this article, a virtual, community-based concept of regulation is developed to regulate cyberstalking in Web 2.0.

Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology

Privacy Protection: A Tale of Two Cultures


Published: Feb 01, 2012 by Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology
Authors: Subhajit Basu
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies, Communication Studies

The paper provides a novel and critical analysis of privacy as an instrumental notion within social and cultural contexts.

Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law

Older people and legal advice – the need for joined up and creative approaches


Published: Feb 01, 2012 by Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Authors: J Duffy, Subhajit Basu, K Pearson
Subjects: Sociology, Sociology & Social Policy, Health and Social Care, Information Science

This paper reports the findings from research conducted with older people in Northern Ireland which investigated whether their needs for legal information and advice were being met.

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Dr Subhajit Basu co-authors new book on ‘Privacy and Healthcare Data’

By: Subhajit Basu

This book explores the disclosure and sharing of data within the area of healthcare. Including an overview of how health information is currently managed, the authors argue that with changes in modern society, the idea of personal relationships with a local GP who solely holds and controls your health records is becoming rapidly outdated. The authors aim to encourage and empower patients to make informed choices about sharing their health data. They do this by developing a three-stage theoretical model for change to the roles of the NHS and the individual.

Dr Subhajit Basu discusses ‘regulation of emerging technologies’

By: Subhajit Basu
Subjects: Sociology & Social Policy, Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dr Basu discusses ‘regulation of emerging technologies’ at openDemocracy conference. He offers a critique of UK surveillance laws, as despite of a need for transparency in all areas of law making, and in particular in areas of controversy, the UK Government has repeatedly resisted calls for an open and transparent assessment of UK’s surveillance powers.  He will discuss the Investigatory Powers Bill, particularly whether the draft Bill meets the proportionality requirements of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

“We need to show older people are worth it”

By: Subhajit Basu
Subjects: Health and Social Care, Other, Sociology & Social Policy, Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Research by Dr Subhajit Basu from the School of Law, University of Leeds, is being used to advise the government on reforming Adult Social care in Northern Ireland. A multi-disciplinary research project was tasked by the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI). The Commissioner is now calling for the government to overhaul legislation to better support the changing needs of an ageing population. Dr Basu commented: “One of our key recommendations was to implement a "Support Visit" for any interested person age 75 years or older, by an appropriately trained health and social care worker. The goal is to help individuals and family members anticipate needs in the event of functional impairment, thus reducing the need for crisis planning. This was also highlighted by the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI) Claire Keatinge at formal launch.”

Dr Subhajit Basu elected Vice-Chair for BILETA

By: Subhajit Basu
Subjects: Communication Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Media, Journalism and Communications, Sociology & Social Policy, Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice

On April 8 at the AGM for the British and Irish Law, Education & and Technology Association (BILETA) Dr Basu was elected as the association’s new Vice-Chair.British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA) is Europe's largest and the most prestigious Association for IT and Law academics. It was formed in April 1986 to promote the use of technology in legal education throughout the UK and Ireland. The association is active in supporting the development and distribution of software, as well as supporting various research projects.