Under the framework of the ARCADES research project, for the past 18 months, three European data protection authorities (DPAs) – from Poland, Hungary and Slovenia – as well as the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) have looked for best practices in teaching privacy and personal data protection at schools. This common endeavour has resulted in a series of academic reports and articles, three seminars for teachers, three national contests for the best lesson plan and a final conference in Barcelona. The most recent deed, ‘The European Handbook for Teaching Privacy and Data Protection at Schools’, edited by Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster (VUB-LSTS) and Dariusz Kloza, LLM (VUB-LSTS & PRIO), was released in July 2016 in four linguistic versions: English, Polish, Hungarian and Slovenian.
On 28th June 2016 Mireille Hildebrandt will speak at contemporary art centre Wiels on her recent book ‘Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law. Novel Entanglements of Law and Technology’ (the paperback just came out with Edward Elgar). The lecture will discuss the implications of the ‘new digital unconscious’ that forms the playground for both cowboys and spies, rummaging through our secrets and trivialities to feed into new business models or to detect the patterns of predictable dangers.
BTW check out the exhibition of Simon Denny on the cusp of art, politics and silicon mountains.
The VUB Food Forum, in cooperation with VUB’s Institute of European Studies (IES), is organising on 19 April 2016 a policy forum on ‘New Novel Food‘. In December 2015, the Union legislator adopted Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, thereby reforming the legal framework for novel foods marketed in Europe. Until 2018, the Regulation will entirely replace its 1997 predecessor Regulation. It re-defines novel food and introduces a centralised EU authorisation system with the aim of simplification, promoting new technologies and providing greater legal certainty. European citizens should have a broader choice of food, and Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 is meant to make that easier. The policy forum starts at 12:00 and will end at approximately 14:30. Participation is free of charge and open to all and there will be a sandwich lunch. To register, please visit this page.
The ARCADES Project, concerned with Introducing Data Protection and Privacy at Schools in the European Union, will held its Final Conference in Barcelona on 4 March 2016. The conference is co-hosted by Eticas Research & Consulting and APDCAT (Catalan DPA). The project’s objective is to provide a useful tool for teachers of any EU school wishing to educate children and teenagers about privacy and personal data protection, in the form of a handbook. A joint workshop will be offered by the CNIL (French DPA) to discuss a draft Guide on competitions. The event is free, but registration is required. For further information, please find here the Invitation-ARCADES and the provisional agenda.
The Brussels Privacy Hub is organising the 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School, an innovative course on privacy and personal data protection law at the heart of Europe. Under the title ‘Getting to Grips with the GDPR‘, the programme will explore legal and institutional challenges in the European Union, and provide participants with in-depth examination of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other EU data protection instruments – as well as global and, more specifically, transatlantic privacy issues.
Almost as a tradition, the end of February marks each year a visit of VUB-LSTS researchers to the International Legal Informatics Symposium (IRIS) held in Salzburg, Austria. The bilingual, German-English IRIS has been established as the largest and most important academic conference on computers and law in Austria and Central Europe.
This year, Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert, Antonella Galetta and Dariusz (Darek) Kloza will partake in the 19th edition thereof, which will take place on 25-27 February 2016 and which is devoted to the concept of “Networks”.
The Call for Papers for the fifth annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), to be hosted by the Birkbeck Department of Law on 24 and 25 June 2016, has now been published. The Conference is composed of different thematic streams, such as ‘Data as Things: Dis/assembling the Stuff of Data and Data’s Coming to Matter’, jointly organised by Claudia Aradau, Rocco Bellanova and Gloria González Fuster and inviting participants to apprehend data as an object of inquiry and a matter of concern. Submissions should be received by the 28th March 2016. More information can be found at the LCCT2016 website and in the LCCT2016 Call for Papers.