We 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: http://www.privacysalon.org/news/2017/7/7/plsc-europe-2018-call-for-papers
The Call for Papers for the fifth annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), to be hosted by the Birkbeck Department of Law on 24 and 25 June 2016, has now been published. The Conference is composed of different thematic streams, such as ‘Data as Things: Dis/assembling the Stuff of Data and Data’s Coming to Matter’, jointly organised by Claudia Aradau, Rocco Bellanova and Gloria González Fuster and inviting participants to apprehend data as an object of inquiry and a matter of concern. Submissions should be received by the 28th March 2016. More information can be found at the LCCT2016 website and in the LCCT2016 Call for Papers.
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.
Today, the ‘right to the city’ has become a key concept, a motto, in both academic circles and in social movements and public policies. The so-called accessibility of the city for all has become a fundamental concern to institutions dealing with citizens’ movements that reclaim urban space. In developing the concept of the ‘right to the city’, Lefebvre (1968) referred to a reappropriation of the decision process and the city’s production facilities by its inhabitants. The affirmation and participation of citizens in the future of the city should reduce the gaps between citizens, should limit segregation and foster the emergence of a more inclusive and democratic city.
Now, more than 40 years after the publication of the ‘Right to the City’, it is clear that inequalities, conflicts and injustices in public spaces have not declined. An important part of the global urban population, north and south, continues to be sidelined for urban amenities. Logics of enclosure and exclusivity (Donzelot, 2004) tend to direct the production of the urban into a multitude of enclaves, classifying individuals according to their social status. Some minorities have ever less access to public spaces, whether they are the homeless (Smith, 1996; Mitchell, 1997), street vendors (Crossa, 2009), prostitutes (Hubbard, 2004) or youth (Malone, 2002). Moreover, the idea of being a citizen has made way for that of being a consumer, as pointed out by Santos (1987).
The Call for Papers for the 2016 edition of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference (CPDP), titled ‘[In]visibilities & Infrastructures‘ is currently open and will close on 1st October 2015. The CPDP Scientific Committee invites papers in law, social sciences, philosophy and computer sciences, and any other relevant fields. Multidisciplinary papers are particularly welcome. This call aims to reach researchers whose works relate to new technologies, privacy and data protection. Check the full call for papers here.
The 8th edition of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) International Conference will be held on 21-23 January 2015 in Brussels, and several slots remain open for speakers. The CPDP 2015 Call for Papers is split into two different tracks: one dedicated to experienced researchers, and another PhD students and junior researchers. Contributions are welcome not just from legal academics but also from computer scientists, engineers, social scientists, philosophers, etc. Deadline for submissions: Friday 24 October 2014. More information can be found here.
A call for papers for the international conference ‘Citizens’ Perspectives on Surveillance, Security and Privacy: Controversies, Alternatives and Solutions‘, to take place on 13 and 14 November 2014, in Vienna, has now been published. The event is origanised jointy by the research projects Privacy and Security Mirrors (PRISMS), Public perception of security and privacy: Assessing knowledge, Collecting evidence, Translating research into action (PACT) and Surveillance, Privacy and Security: A large scale participatory assessment of criteria and factors determining acceptability and acceptance of security technologies in Europe (SurPRISE). The deadline for abstract submission is 21 September 2014. The call for abstracts can be accessed here: Call-for-Abstracts- PRISMS Final conference Vienna.