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).
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.
On 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
The Brussels Privacy Hub is organising the 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School, an innovative course on privacy and personal data protection law at the heart of Europe. Under the title ‘Getting to Grips with the GDPR‘, the programme will explore legal and institutional challenges in the European Union, and provide participants with in-depth examination of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other EU data protection instruments – as well as global and, more specifically, transatlantic privacy issues.
It is our great pleasure to announce that on 26 January 2016 the VUB-LSTS will be hosting the 10th-anniversarity edition International Conference on the Interaction of Knowledge Rights, Data Protection and Communication KnowRight 2016.
KnowRight conferences have been held since 1995; KnowRight 2016 is already the 10th. It will focus on the interaction between data protection, intellectual property rights, ethical issues, civil society and information technology. Due to its origins as an Intellectual Property (IP) and privacy conference of a computing society, technological solutions to legal challenges are a main aim.
KnowRight is a platform between business, civil society and administration organised and mediated by academia, for discussing and finding solutions on the new challenges for rights on information and knowledge, taking into account new technologies in the context of the Knowledge and Network Society and a progressively digital market and environment. The main topic of KnowRight2016 is: Data Protection in Practice.
LSTS welcomed today the first of its Ad-hoc Meetings series, devoted to issues of special interest for LSTS researchers. This first meeting discussed the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 6 October 2015, also known as ‘Schrems‘. Read the full judgment here.