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A Call for Panels for the 2016 edition of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference (CPDP) is currently open and will close on 15 June 2015. This call is aimed at academic consortia, research projects, think tanks and other research organisations. Another call, to individuals for academic research papers, will go out in May 2015. More information can be found here.

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Schermafbeelding 2015-02-06 om 14.26.38Last month my new book was published with Edward Elgar: have a look at the online version and download the appetizers (the Prefatory Remarks and the first Chapter) here.

The book moves into the implications of the data-driven agency that mushrooms all around us, suggesting this indicates and requires what I have called ‘a new animism’. It describes the threats of pre-emptive infrastructures that function as a unity of action and perception, feeding on our behavioral data aggregated in a distributed non-homogeneous Big Data Space that in turn nurtures an emerging Digital Unconscious. The book ventures into the upcoming onlife world, where the difference between online and offline becomes increasingly artificial. It also reserves a chapter for the Japanese tradition and the way it deals with both privacy and nonhuman agency, suggesting that we have much to learn of other ways of dealing with both. Finally, the books discusses the ends of law, inquiring into its modes of existence, arguing that we cannot take current legal protection for granted, inviting legal scholars to engage with the architects of our new life world: computer scientists, human-machine-interaction designers and developers of new business models.

Looking forward to your comments and reflections! Text by Mireille Hildebrandt