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The Call for Papers for the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) 2018 Conference, ‘The Internet of Bodies‘, is open until 29th September 2017. The Call is addressed to all researchers who wish to present their papers at CPDP, and is split into two different tracks: one for experienced researchers, and one for PhD students and other junior researchers. Please find all useful information here. Please also note that there is a different call with the same deadline for submission, for the PLSC-Europe 2018 event, organised in conjunction with CPDP: more info on that can be found here.

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On Monday 11th September 2017 Mathias Vermeulen will publicly defend at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) his PhD thesis ‘Public Privacy: A European Fundamental Rights Analysis Of The Right To Private Life In An Age Of Smartphones, Drones And Social Media. The defense will take place at 16:00 in auditorium D0.08. Please find the official invitation here.

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On Tuesday 13 June 2017 researcher Jake Slosser, of the University of Kent, will give a presentation titled ‘Understanding European Data Privacy Law: Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Conceptual Change in the Digital Age‘. His work investigates the journey from privacy of the home and body to digital privacy using the guiding hand of cognitive linguistics; namely, conceptual metaphor to explore the intertextual and conceptual justifications judges make to interpret older concepts to new realities. When? Tuesday June 13 2017, 12:30 Where? Room 4B302, 4th Floor, Building C, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels.

 

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On Thursday 15 June 2017 Raphaël Gellert will publicly defend his PhD thesis ‘Understanding the Risk-based Approach to Data Protection: An Analysis of the Links between Law, Regulation and Risk‘ at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The event will start at 18:00 and take place at Auditorium D.2.01. Please find the official invitation (including the email address to contact in order to confirm attendance) here (pdf).

32142082666_60b142cce3_k_d On 22 May 2017 will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) a seminar around the magnus opus of and with Professor (MIT) Em. Gary T. Marx. In this event, Prof. Gary Marx will give a short summary of the main findings of his last book – Windows into the soul. Surveillance and society in an age of high technology (Chicago U.P. 2016) – after which four selected respondents will open a discussion with the author and the audience. The discussants will be Prof. Tugba Basaran (Visiting Scholar, Princeton University; Associate Researcher, CCLS Paris), Prof. Marieke De Goede, (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Department of Political Science) Dr. Joris Van Hoboken, (Universiteit van Amsterdam, IVIR, and Affiliated Researcher, LSTS, VUB) and Dr. Kristof Verfaillie. For more information, please read the official invitation (pdf). Registration is possible until 16 May 2017.

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-09-31-16On Thursday 13 October 2016 Katja De Vries will publicly defend her PhD thesis ‘Machine learning/Informational fundamental rights: Makings of sameness and difference’. The event will start  at 17:00 in auditorium E.0.04 (VUB Etterbeek Campus). If you wish to attend, please inform doctorrc@vub.ac.be. Please note also that on the same day, and not far away from there, will take place the ANYWARE’ Interdisciplinary Seminar, for which registration is now closed.

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The VUB Food Forum, in cooperation with VUB’s Institute of European Studies (IES), is organising on 19 April 2016 a policy forum on ‘New Novel Food‘. In December 2015, the Union legislator adopted Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, thereby reforming the legal framework for novel foods marketed in Europe. Until 2018, the Regulation will entirely replace its 1997 predecessor Regulation. It re-defines novel food and introduces a centralised EU authorisation system with the aim of simplification, promoting new technologies and providing greater legal certainty. European citizens should have a broader choice of food, and Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 is meant to make that easier. The policy forum starts at 12:00 and will end at approximately 14:30. Participation is free of charge and open to all and there will be a sandwich lunch. To register, please visit this page.