In numerous privacy and data protection conferences and workshops, academics moderate discussions between policymakers, regulators and industry players. Academics are tough inquisitors and harsh critics, pointing out the shortcomings of legislation, the slow turn of the wheels of justice, the practical challenges of enforcement and the tangled web of interests of businesses. In this session we turn the tables. Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland, will be asking the questions. The academics will be in the hot seat providing direct and complete answers. Are their theories sound and coherent? Do they influence the world outside the ivory tower? Did their writings withstand the test of time?