Robot Since Karel Ĉapek’s play Rossum’s Universal Robots (1920), and Isaac Asimov’s first story on the “three laws of robotics” (1942), science fiction has paved the way for scholarly analyses on the multiple ways in which the design and construction of autonomous machines may affect pillars of the law and, vice versa, how legal rules can restrain the behaviour of such machines. Because most of these robots are not a simple sort of “out of the box” machine, their behaviour will crucially depend on the ways individuals train, treat or manage them. From the viewpoint of the robot-centred HRI (human-robot interaction), different types of contacts with humans, robot functionalities and roles, much as requirements of social skills, will affect the flow of information that individuals deem appropriate to reveal, share, or transfer, in a given context. From the stance of the human-centred HRI, people’s interaction with robots will increasingly concern the aim to embed legal safeguards into technology, e.g. what scholars dub as the principle of “privacy by design.” The aim of this workshop is to show that the future is here, for several robotic applications, such as tiny drones imperceptibly flying out there, are already impacting both rules and principles of privacy and personal data protection. In light of the new generation of consumer robots equipped with sensors, cameras, GPS, facial recognition apps, Wi-Fi, microphones and more, what Sci-Fi scenario will turn out to be real next?

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The 2015 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) International Conference supports ‘Faceless‘, an exhibition that will take place in Brussels between 22 January and 8 February 2015 (vernissage on 21 January). The event, curated by artist Bogomir Doringer and Brigitte Felderer from the Applied Arts Academy in Vienna, explores facelessness and the appeal of hiding, veiling, or masking the face exert on art and fashion. Visitors are kindly invited to submit their own faceless pictures. More information can be found here and here.

 

 

 

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As the 2015 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) International Conference approaches, the list of its official side events continues to grow. The Privacy Camp ‘Big data and ever increasing state surveillance‘ is a civil society warm-up event that will take place on 20 January 2015 (9.00 – 18.00) at Université Saint-Louis, Rue du Marais 119, 1000 Brussels. For more information and registration, please check this page.

CPDP2015_SQ_6 It is our great pleasure to announce that the preliminary programme for the 8th edition of Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) Conference is now online. Please check it here for Wednesday 21 January, Thursday 22 January and Friday 23 January 2015. You can click on the grids to get as much info as we can provide at this moment. For all practical details please check our website or contact us : info@cpdpconferences.org We look forward to meeting you at CPDP 2015!

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PhaedraOn 12 December 2014, the final conference under the PHAEDRA project will take place in Cracow (Poland). The theme is ‘Enforcing privacy: lessons from current implementations and perspectives for future’. The conference will be addressed to national data protection authorities, selected policy-makers, scientific world, NGOs and media. The goal of the conference is to present the final results of the project and to discuss the outcomes in the wider perspective of cooperation and coordination activities between Data Protection Authorities (DPAs), Privacy Commissioners, and Privacy Enforcement Authorities.

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The project ARCADES, ‘Introducing data protection and privacy issues at schools in the European Union (EU)’, has been launched. It aims to bring into EU schools personal data protection and privacy content in order to shape informed and responsible attitudes among school children and teens. This 18-month project, co-funded by the EU, brings together the Bureau of the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection (Poland), the Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia, the National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Hungary) and VUB’s LSTS (Belgium). Read the press-release here.

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The book ‘Reforming European Data Protection Law, co-edited by Serge Gutwirth, Ronald Leenes and Paul de Hert is out now, published by Springer. It offers readers conceptual analysis as well as thoughtful discussion of issues, practices, and solutions related to privacy and personal data protection, featuring results of the seventh annual International Conference on Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection (CPDP 2014) held in Brussels in January 2014. The complete list of contributions and more information can be found here.