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How to find cool online games that respect your digital rights? Where to look for them? How to recognise them? Which are the best ones? And how do you make sure nobody is stealing your data while you are at it? ‘How to Find (Decent) Privacy-Friendly Games Online? Strategies for Cool Families’ is A Privacy & Cake ‘Bring Your Own Device & Child’ Workshop that will unlock all these questions, hoping somebody will kindly help us to answer them.  It will take place on Saturday 7 October 2017 from 14:15–15:30, in a session promoted by LSTS and Privacy Salon the context of Freedom Not Fear event, and will be animated by Gloria González Fuster and Rosamunde Van Brakel. Please note that this workshop welcomes children who love to play, parents who love their children and their privacy, volunteers bringing cake, family and friends in general and especially suggestions for games, tools and ideas on how to find the best privacy-friendly games on line.

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In the context of the upcoming PRINTEGER European Conference on Research Integrity: Why Research Integrity Matters to You has been opened a call for papers on the themes of research integrity and scientific misconduct. The Conference, organised by the Promoting Integrity as an Integral Dimension of Excellence in Research (PRINTEGER) project, will take place between the 5th and 7th February 2018 in Bonn. The deadline for submissions has been extended, and is now 15 October 2017. All useful details can be found here.

 

GroundsThe book ‘Grounds of the Immaterial. A Conflict-Based Approach to Intellectual Rights’ has been published by Edward Elgar Publishing. Written By Niels van Dijk, the book applies a novel conflict-based approach to the notions of ‘idea’, ‘concept’, ‘invention’ and ‘immateriality’ in the legal regime of intellectual property rights by turning to the adversarial legal practices in which they occur. In doing so, it provides extensive ethnographies of the courts and law firms, and tackles classical questions in legal doctrine about the immaterial nature of intellectual property rights from a thoroughly new perspective. More information can be found here.

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The Call for Papers for the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) 2018 Conference, ‘The Internet of Bodies‘, is open until 29th September 2017. The Call is addressed to all researchers who wish to present their papers at CPDP, and is split into two different tracks: one for experienced researchers, and one for PhD students and other junior researchers. Please find all useful information here. Please also note that there is a different call with the same deadline for submission, for the PLSC-Europe 2018 event, organised in conjunction with CPDP: more info on that can be found here.

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On Monday 11th September 2017 Mathias Vermeulen will publicly defend at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) his PhD thesis ‘Public Privacy: A European Fundamental Rights Analysis Of The Right To Private Life In An Age Of Smartphones, Drones And Social Media. The defense will take place at 16:00 in auditorium D0.08. Please find the official invitation here.

PLSCWe are excited to announce that LSTS is organizing the third edition of the PLSC-Europe in collaboration with Privacy Salon. Based on the popular Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) event in the United States, PLSC-Europe is dedicated to bringing together privacy law scholars, practitioners, and privacy scholars from other disciplines from across Europe and beyond to discuss current issues. PLSC-Europe aims at fostering greater connections between academia and practice (industry, legal, advocacy, and government), and at bringing together law scholars with academics and professionals from other disciplines (e.g. economics, philosophy, political science, computer science). The first PLSC-Europe was held in October 2015 in conjunction with the Amsterdam Privacy Conference, and the second one in May 2017, in conjunction with TILTing Perspectives 2017. From 2017 onwards, PLSC-Europe became a regular event co-organized by the University of Amsterdam (IvIR), Tilburg University (TILT), and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LSTS/Privacy Salon), alternating between Amsterdam, Tilburg, and Brussels. PLSC-Europe 2018 will take place in Brussels on 27 January 2018 and will be held in conjunction with the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) conference. The call for papers for PLSC-Europe 2018 can be found here.

On Wednesday, 28 June 2017 from 17h00 till 19h00 the Muntpunt in Brussels will host a book launch and an evening debate on Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Relations as a Challenge for Democracy. This book, co-edited by Dan Svantesson and Dariusz Kloza, is a fruit of collaboration of 30 authors from all over the world, who have provided their views on (the protection of) data privacy in relations between Europe and Americas as a challenge for democracy, the rule of law (Rechtsstaat) and fundamental rights.

This book includes contributors of international stature who deal with Snowden and Safe Harbour, but also go beyond them to address some of the key topics affecting privacy at the international level. The topics are timely and the authors highly qualified, and the book will be of interest to anyone interested in privacy and data protection law and policy” – recommended Dr Christopher Kuner, Co-Director of the Brussels Privacy Hub.

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