Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Social media present an exciting platform for people to interact. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc. are considered as public spaces. However, these spaces are controlled by private investors out for profit. Social networking sites blur the lines between personal and public behavior. Whose information are you sharing anyway? Does the technology make us more conscious of our actions? Does the fact that our ministers tweet, enhances our trust in the policymaking process? This edition of Campustalks addresses the ethical challenges of social media for researchers, journalists, artists, law practitioners, policymakers, employers and employees, educators and students, parents and kids.

LSTS researcher Irina Baraliuc will talk about post-mortem aspects of online profiles on social network sites, using the Pecha Kucha style.

The Campustalks will take place at the Kultuurkafee of the VUB, on November 6 from 12h00 to 14h00. More information here.


The PIAF Project consortium, comprising the Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (VUB-LSTS)Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP and Privacy International, for the recent 22 months has been conducting research on privacy impact assessment (PIA).

The project comes to an end in October 2012. Having held its final conference in September 2012 in Brussels, the members of the consortium will now present the final research results and will seek feedback on the 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners as well as on one of the side-events, i.e. the 2012 Public Voice Meeting, both held in Punta del Este, Uruguay on 22-24 October 2012.

Among the consortium members, David Wright (Trilateral) will talk on a panel titled Exploring lines of work: research and projects and Gus Hosein (Privacy International) – on a panel on biometrics.

Both Gus Hosein and Dariusz Kloza (VUB-LSTS) will also talk on the Public Voice meeting. Gus will be a panelist on the Emerging Trends in the Internet Global Village: Cross Cultural Views of Privacy, Freedom of Expression and Human Rights on Data Collection, Retention and Use, and Darek – on the Civil Society’s Challenge in Preserving Civic Participation.

The full agendas of both events are available here and here, respectively.

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From 20 to 22 October 2012 will take place in London the 2012 Millennium Annual Conference, titled “Materialism and World Politics”. LSTS researchers will contribute to the sessions “Of Black Boxes, Dispositifs, and Security” and “Heterogeneous Entanglements & Unstable Technologies”, co-organised with Theory Talks. More information can be found here.

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On Friday 12 October 2012 will take place the “Law and Technology Perspectives on Intergenerational Justice” Seminar, at the Institute of European Studies (IES) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). The expression “intergenerational justice” refers to the relevance of social justice considerations to relationships between non contemporaries and to relationships between different generations within the same life epoch. The seminar is organised in the context of VALUE AGEING, a Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways Action aiming to foster co-operation between non- commercial and commercial entities on a joint research project about the incor- poration of Fundamental Values of the EU in Info-Communication Technology (ICT) for Ageing. Attendance is free of charge. For more information: Second VALUE AGEING seminar full programme.

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From 7 to 10 October 2012 will take place in Amsterdam the Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC) 2012, with the participation of a number of LSTS researchers. Prof. Dr. Mireille Hildebrandt is one of the invited speakers of the “Behavioural Targeting & Privacy Panel“, while Rocco Bellanova, Mathias Vermeulen and Gloria González Fuster will give paper presentations at the “Surveillance and security in Europesession. For more information, please check the APC 2012 website.