Monthly Archives: September 2013

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On Monday 7 October 2013 Daniel Trottier will deliver a lecture titled ‘Police and Social Media : An Overview and Early Assesment‘, on how police and other law enforcement agencies are facing the challenges and opportunities linked to the emergence of social media platforms. Daniel Trottier is a postdoctoral fellow at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster. The lecture will take place in the context of the VUB Law & Criminology talks, and is co-organised by the LSTS and the research group Crime and Society (CRIS). More information: here.


The new MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE episode is about a record published in 1974, ‘Diamond Dogs’, which was supposed to be David Bowie’s take on George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four‘. Bowie started working on it in 1973, but he was denied by the author’s estate the right to produce his own adaptation, and decided to produce instead a loosely conceptual record about a future post-apocalyptic society, only partially linked to Orwell.

Preceding his more critically acclaimed Berlin phase, ‘Diamond Dogs’ sees Bowie touch upon a variety of styles, from glam to funk to hard rock. It includes the relatively Orwellian songs ‘1984‘, ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Candidate’, but it became especially famous for the hit  ‘Rebel Rebel’ (with lighter lyrics: “You’re a juvenile success / because your face is a mess”). One of its most controversial features was actually the cover, by Belgian Pop Art artist Guy Peellaert, because it showed the fictional genitalia of a fictional half-dog Bowie.

In 2013, ‘Diamond Dogs’ was again in the news as San Francisco singer-songwriter John Vanderslice decided to rework the whole record, and managed to finance his project through crowdfunding. ‘Vanderslice plays Diamond Dogs’ revisits the original in a more intimate mood and incorporate some changes, notably in song titles and the lyrics (for instance, Bowie’s exclamation ‘This ain’t rock’n’roll, this is genocide!‘ has been transformed into ‘This ain’t rock’n’rol. This is suicide‘). Incidentally, Vanderslice’s discography already counted a few pieces on surveillance, security and modern society, such as his 2000 song ‘Bill Gates Must Die‘, or the whole ‘Pixel Revolt’ LP. Text by Gloria González Fuster


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The PRESCIENT special issue of Computer Law & Security Review has just been published. Edited by Serge Gutwirth and Michael Friedewald in the context of the PRESCIENT FP7 project, the special issue includes articles such as ‘The legal construction of privacy and data protection’, by Raphaël Gellert and Serge Gutwirth, ‘Data protection by design and technology neutral law‘, by Mireille Hildebrandt and Laura Tielemans, and ‘Opening up personal data protection: A conceptual controversy‘, by Gloria González Fuster and Serge Gutwirth.  Please check the full table of contents here.

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LSTS researcher Raphaël Gellert will co-teach a seminar entitled ‘Perspectives croisées sur le risque : sécurité, science et technologie, protection des données personnelles’ (Cross perspectives on risk: security, science and technology, protection of personal data). He will teach the seminar during the first trimester of academic year 2013-2014 at Sciences Po Lille. His fellow teacher is Mara Wesseling, Post-doc researcher at Sciences Po Paris.

PhaedraVrije Universiteit BrusselResearch Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (VUB-LSTS), Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP (TRI), Generalny Inspektor Ochrony Danych Osobowych (GIODO) and Universitat Jaume I (UJI) are currently conducting research on improving cooperation and coordination between data protection authorities (DPAs). Our project, undertaken in the framework of the action grants of the EU’s Fundamental Rights & Citizenship Programme, is called PHAEDRA: Improving Practical and Helpful cooperAtion betweEn Data PRotection Authorities.

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