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PLSCWe are excited to announce that LSTS is organizing the third edition of the PLSC-Europe in collaboration with Privacy Salon. Based on the popular Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) event in the United States, PLSC-Europe is dedicated to bringing together privacy law scholars, practitioners, and privacy scholars from other disciplines from across Europe and beyond to discuss current issues. PLSC-Europe aims at fostering greater connections between academia and practice (industry, legal, advocacy, and government), and at bringing together law scholars with academics and professionals from other disciplines (e.g. economics, philosophy, political science, computer science). The first PLSC-Europe was held in October 2015 in conjunction with the Amsterdam Privacy Conference, and the second one in May 2017, in conjunction with TILTing Perspectives 2017. From 2017 onwards, PLSC-Europe became a regular event co-organized by the University of Amsterdam (IvIR), Tilburg University (TILT), and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LSTS/Privacy Salon), alternating between Amsterdam, Tilburg, and Brussels. PLSC-Europe 2018 will take place in Brussels on 27 January 2018 and will be held in conjunction with the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) conference. The call for papers for PLSC-Europe 2018 can be found here.

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Simon Davies

We are delighted to announce that Simon Davies has joined LSTS for a 6-month term as Freelance Researcher. Simon Davies is one of the pioneers of the modern privacy movement. He has more than 25 years’ experience working worldwide with advocates, companies, regulators and government. He is one of the key international experts on identity systems, visual surveillance, privacy-by-design and consumer privacy rights and has established strong global leadership in the field. As founder of the watchdog organisation Privacy International he has worked in more than forty countries and in more than a hundred topic areas and is widely regarded as a key opinion-former in the field.

He has advised a wide range of corporate, government and professional bodies, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, British Medical Association, British Telecom, Microsoft, Facebook, AOL, eBay, the UK Treasury, the UK Department of Work and Pensions and IBM. Simon has worked closely with the London School of Economics since 1997. Currently he is a co-director of LSE’s Policy Engagement Network and also a Fellow with Chartered status of the British Computer Society (FBCS CITP).