Monthly Archives: October 2011

LSTS researcher Mathias Vermeulen commented (in Dutch) in the Belgian monthly MO*Magazine upon the new law which gives the Belgian Staatsveiligheid/Sûreté de l’État significantly more powers.

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The International Multidisciplinary Privacy Award will be given to the authors of the best multidisciplinary paper describing new ideas in privacy and data protection. The award will be presented at the Computers, Data Protection and Privacy (CPDP) Conference, taking place in Brussels from 25th to 27th January 2012. Eligible papers need to have been published or accepted for publication between 1st November 2010 and 31st October 2011. Papers need to be co-authored by representatives of at least two different scientific disciplines, one technical, one non-technical.

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On the 9th November 2011 will take place at the European Parliament, in Brussels, the full-day policy meeting “More Surveillance, More Security? The Landscape of Surveillance in Europe and Challenges to Data Protection and Privacy“, organised by the European Parliament’s Privacy Platform together with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the SAPIENT project (Supporting Fundamental Rights, Privacy and Ethics in Surveillance Technologies). The event will be held between 8:30 and 17:30 pm, including a Privacy Platform meeting from 12:30 to14.30. LSTS and CReSPo researcher Rocco Bellanova will be the discussant of the panel: “Assessing the challenges of DNA collection and sharing under the Prüm Decisions” (14:45-16:00). Full programme: here. For further info and registration:

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LSTS researcher Katja De Vries will discuss “Facebook en privacy” on Thursday 20th October 2011 at the Humanistisch-Vrijzinnige Vereniging Schoten. Starting time: 20:00. Address: Kasteel van Schoten (Schoten). Entrance fee: 3 euros. In Dutch. More information can be found here.

VUB L&C and LSTS talk on 7th November 2011, 12:30 – 14:00, Room 4C306, VUB: “Empirical ethics: empirical justice? How laws shape what is good care”, by Prof. Jeannette Pols.
Empirical studies into the workings of laws in health care usually take the shape of evaluation studies (where the workings of laws are evaluated according to the aims to which they were designed) and studies of cases treated under a certain law. In this meeting Pols will discuss the normativity of juridical measures when they are taken as a directive for what care should look like, what type of patient and caregiver is inscribed in the laws and how their relationship should be thought about. The presentation will depart from the use of the paper Pols, J. (2003) Enforcing patient rights or improving care? The interference of two modes of doing good in mental health care, Sociology of Health & Illness, vol 25, no 3, p 320-347.