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On 29 and 30 November 2012 wil take place in Brussels the For your eyes only: Privacy, empowerment and technology in the context of social networks International Conference. The event is notably supported by the User Empowerment in Social Media (EMSOC) research project, to which LSTS contributes. LSTS members Serge Gutwirth and Mathias Vermeulen will host the  ”Living apart together? The propertisation of personal data, the right to privacy and the protection of personal data” panel, scheduled for 29 November. More information can be found at the For your eyes only website.

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ImageProf. Paul De Hert and LSTS researchers Antonella Galetta and Rocco Bellanova will present their works on the different processes of europeanization of EU external borders at the “L’européanisation à la croisée des disciplines et de nouveaux enjeux” Conference in Brussels, at the Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, on Tuesday 25 September 2012. You can find more information on the conference program here.

LSTS researchers Antonella Galetta & Rosamunde van Brakel are both giving presentations at the SMART Policy workshop ‘Surveilling Surveillance‘ in Florence this Wednesday 26 September 2012. Antonella will discuss the relation between surveilance technologies and the presumption of innocence, and Rosamunde will examine the ethical and social consequences of behaviour detecting smart video surveillance systems as crime prevention tools. For more information and the full programme click here.

The MovingLife project is a Coordination and Support Action (FP7) that will deliver roadmaps for technological research, implementation practice and policy support with the aim of accelerating the establishment, acceptance and wide use of mobile eHealth solutions.

MovingLife has developed preliminary roadmaps for mHealth that address a broad group of fundamental issues such as: technology options for mHealth applications and services; options for new and improved medical guidelines; user empowerment, acceptance, ethics and privacy; socio-economic environments and policy and regulatory frameworks.

The project is committed to intensive stakeholder engagement and we therefore invite all relevant actors and stakeholders in mHealth to contribute to the definition of a realistic, relevant and clear roadmap for the future use of deployment of mHealth. Based on your expertise in the specific fields, we are now seeking your advice and comments to the requirements and challenges presented in the proposed roadmaps.

We call on all stakeholders to contribute to developing a comprehensive, well-defined and realistic roadmap of mHealth solutions by completing the online survey. If you would like to participate in the consultation, please click here.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (VUB-LSTS), Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP and Privacy International have been conducting research on PIA for the European Commission’s Directorate-General Justice. Our project is called PIAF: A Privacy Impact Assessment Framework for Data Protection and Privacy Rights. You can find more details on http://www.piafproject.eu.

The goal of our workshops for national data protection authorities and selected policy-makers is to share the findings and conclusions of our research. The first workshop took place in Brussels on 12 October 2011 and was devoted to mapping the best elements of existing PIA frameworks. The second workshop took place in Sopot, Poland on 24 April 2012 and focused on the empirical research on contextual factors affecting the introduction of PIA frameworks in EU Member States, gathered as a result of a questionnaire survey of data protection authorities in the EU.

The final conference will take place in Brussels on Thursday, 27 September 2012, from 09:00 till 13:00. Please find the draft agenda attached. The workshop materials will be circulated in a digital form up to one week in advance. Please also note that the views and opinions expressed in this workshop are solely those of the authors.

Participation is free of charge. Due to a limited number of places, please register by sending an e-mail to Dariusz Kloza (VUB-LSTS) at dariusz.kloza@vub.ac.be before Friday, 21 September 2012.


Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Conference 
is an annual three-day Conference devoted to privacy and data protection discussions. The 6th edition of CPDP will be held on 23-25 January 2013 in Brussels. Whilst a number of speakers are specifically invited by the Conference several slots remain open to application through an annual Call for Papers.

The CPDP Scientific Committee invites papers in the fields of law, social sciences, philosophy and computer sciences. In particular, this Call aims to reach researchers whose works relate to technologies, privacy, data protection, non-discrimination and surveillance. Selected researchers will have the valuable opportunity to present their papers in the conference open panels.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions: Friday 19 October 2012
  • Notification to authors: Friday 7 December
  • Camera ready version for pre-proceedings due: Friday 11 January 2013
  • Final Camera-Ready version for publication: 17 May 2013

The full Call for Papers, including suggested topics and submission instructions, can be found here.

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A Surveillance Reading Group has been launched at VUB’s Faculty of Law and Criminology, as a joint initiative among LSTS and criminology researchers interested in surveillance and surveillance studies. The group’s first meeting has been scheduled for Monday 1st October 2012. It will kick off with a discussion of the article “Social Control After Foucault / Le Contrôle Social après Foucault” by Michailis Lianos, as well as selected related texts. For more information, please contact the Surveillance Reading Group.