As every day brings along more news on the secret activities of the United States (US) National Security Agency (NSA), our MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE series examines the work of one of its most precious and intriguing fruits: Bill Callahan, alias Smog. Bill Callahan's parents used to work as language analysts for the NSA. He grew … Continue reading MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE #8 Bill Callahan

Food, Law and Waste: The Muffinman Case

On 25 November 2013 LSTS will welcome a presentation by Katja de Vries (LSTS) and Sebastian Abrahamsson (Universiteit van Amsterdam) titled 'Food, Law and Waste: The Muffinman Case'. Inspired by the case of Steven De Geynst, who in 2011 took two bags of muffins from a dumpster outside a GB supermarket in Rupelmonde and was … Continue reading Food, Law and Waste: The Muffinman Case

Debate on ‘Privacy versus Security’

LSTS researcher Gertjan Boulet moderated a debate on 'Privacy versus Security' organised by Jong VLD Nationaal (the Belgian Young Liberals). The debate took place on 15 October 2013 at the Faculty of Law of Hasselt University (Belgium). The following panellists presented their views on CCTV, ANPR, Prism, big data and digital profiles in law: Raf … Continue reading Debate on ‘Privacy versus Security’


Technology delineates the background of much of the history of both MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE. And at the crossroads of technology, music and surveillance, stands out Léon Theremin. Léon Theremin was the American name used by Lev Sergeyevich Termen, a Russian inventor who designed the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments ever produced. Patented … Continue reading MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE #7 Léon Theremin

Pop Philosophy

In the context of the ongoing first Belgian edition of the Semaine de la Pop Philosophie, LSTS researcher Laurent de Sutter will give a lecture titled 'Métaphysique de la putain'. The event will take place at Passa Porta (Brussels) on 17 October 2013. More information can be found here.

A Succesful First PHAEDRA Workshop

More than 75 representatives of Data Protection Authorities (DPAs), Privacy Commissioners and Privacy Enforcement Authorities around the world registered for the First PHAEDRA Workshop aimed at improving privacy enforcement co-operation and co-ordination, which took place in Warsaw (Poland) on 24 September 2013. The workshop was opened by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Inspector General for Personal Data Protection. The PHAEDRA … Continue reading A Succesful First PHAEDRA Workshop