A Call for Panels for the 2016 edition of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference (CPDP) is currently open and will close on 15 June 2015. This call is aimed at academic consortia, research projects, think tanks and other research organisations. Another call, to individuals for academic research papers, will go out in May 2015. More information can be found here.
Last month my new book was published with Edward Elgar: have a look at the online version and download the appetizers (the Prefatory Remarks and the first Chapter) here.
The book moves into the implications of the data-driven agency that mushrooms all around us, suggesting this indicates and requires what I have called ‘a new animism’. It describes the threats of pre-emptive infrastructures that function as a unity of action and perception, feeding on our behavioral data aggregated in a distributed non-homogeneous Big Data Space that in turn nurtures an emerging Digital Unconscious. The book ventures into the upcoming onlife world, where the difference between online and offline becomes increasingly artificial. It also reserves a chapter for the Japanese tradition and the way it deals with both privacy and nonhuman agency, suggesting that we have much to learn of other ways of dealing with both. Finally, the books discusses the ends of law, inquiring into its modes of existence, arguing that we cannot take current legal protection for granted, inviting legal scholars to engage with the architects of our new life world: computer scientists, human-machine-interaction designers and developers of new business models.
Looking forward to your comments and reflections! Text by Mireille Hildebrandt
The ARCADES project has published its first report, a state-of-the-art review about teaching about data protection and privacy at schools in the European Union co-authored by LSTS researchers Gloria González Fuster, Paul De Hert and Dariusz Kloza. You can download the report here (pdf). More information at the ARCADES project website.
The PHAEDRA project (Improving Practical and Helpful cooperAtion betweEn Data Protection Authorities) entered a new phase on 15 January 2015. Growing out of the first PHAEDRA project (2013-2015), PHAEDRA II (2015-2017) will identify and develop practical solutions to improve cooperation between data protection authorities (DPAs). Co-funded by the European Union under its Fundamental Rights & Citizenship Programme, the new project will focus on challenges for cooperation arising from the pending European data protection reform and develop strategies and practical instruments for strengthening such cooperation under the new legal framework.
Similarly to the first project, PHAEDRA II is led by Prof. Paul De Hert and his team at the Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group (LSTS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). In addition to VUB’s LSTS, the consortium comprises Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP (TRI), Generalny Inspektor Ochrony Danych Osobowych (GIODO) – the Polish Data Protection Authority, and Universitat Jaume I (UJI), also partners to the first PHAEDRA project consortium.
Moving to the second stage of the project, the kick-off meeting of PHEADRA II took place on 20 January 2015, on the eve of the 8th Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference (CPDP, 21-23 January 2015). The consortium was fully represented at the meeting, including the PHAEDRA project officer Ms Lilian Shah. The PHAEDRA II project will run until 14 January 2017.
The full programme of the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) International Conference, to take place in Brussels on 21, 22 and 23 January 2015, is now available for download. Get it here.
On the evening of 15 January 2015, Muntpunt will welcome a special evening with documentaries about privacy and personal data protection, screening two movies: ‘I love Alaska‘, by Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug, and ‘Tegenlicht‘, by Martijn Kieft. The event is co-organised with deBuren and the Computers, Privacy and Personal Data Protection (CPDP) Conference. To register, please visit this page.