dreams_rewired_radio-toy300dpi In the context of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) 2017 Conference will be screened the film ‘Dreams Rewired‘, by Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode. Originally titled ‘Mobilisierung der Träume’, the film explores through a montage of films from the 1880s to the 1930s how cinema echoed ancient fears that the telephone or telivision would change us forever. The screening will take place on 27 January 2017, at 20:30, at Les Halles de Schaerbeek. For more information and to register please visit the CPDP website (scroll down for details).


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On 28th June 2016 Mireille Hildebrandt will speak at contemporary art centre Wiels on her recent book ‘Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law. Novel Entanglements of Law and Technology’ (the paperback just came out with Edward Elgar). The lecture will discuss the implications of the ‘new digital unconscious’ that forms the playground for both cowboys and spies, rummaging through our secrets and trivialities to feed into new business models or to detect the patterns of predictable dangers.

BTW check out the exhibition of Simon Denny on the cusp of art, politics and silicon mountains.

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1377464_10151670203206867_1081361716_nLSTS researcher Gertjan Boulet moderated a debate on ‘Privacy versus Security’ organised by Jong VLD Nationaal (the Belgian Young Liberals).

The debate took place on 15 October 2013 at the Faculty of Law of Hasselt University (Belgium). The following panellists presented their views on CCTV, ANPR, Prism, big data and digital profiles in law:

  • Raf Jespers, lawyer and author of the book ‘Big Brother in Europa’.
  • John De Wit, journalist for the Belgian newspaper De Gazet van Antwerpen.
  • Bruno Segers, CEO of Irispact and ex-CEO of Microsoft Belgium/Luxembourg.
  • Arnold Roosendaal, researcher on privacy, identity and technology at TNO, and author of the book ‘De informatiefuik’.

For more information (in Dutch), please click here, or visit the Facebook page of the event.


The IRISS project has recently published a report entitled Surveillance, Fighting Crime and Violence. First of several deliverables, it analyses the factors underpinning the development and use of surveillance systems and technologies, their implications, social and economic costs and impacts on civil liberties, fundamental rights and ethical aspects. The IRISS consortium has identified specific trends in surveillance and given recommendations as regards the development of surveillance technologies and practices in Europe.

The report was produced by a consortium of 16 European partners from universities, research institutes and companies. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Research Group on Law, Science, Technology and Society (VUB-LSTS) contributes to the project and Paul De Hert and Antonella Galetta are part of the consortium.

On the occasion of the publication of the report, the consortium has issued the following press release:
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The PRISMS project will analyse the trade-off model between privacy and security and devise a more evidence-based perspective for reconciling privacy and security, trust and concern. It will examine how technologies aimed at enhancing security are subjecting citizens to an increasing amount of surveillance and, in many cases, causing infringements of privacy and fundamental rights. It will conduct both a multidisciplinary inquiry into the concepts of privacy and security and their relationships and an EU-wide survey to determine whether people evaluate the introduction of security technologies in terms of a trade-off. The project has been now officially launched, read the full press release here.