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In the context of the 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference will be celebrated the Data Privacy Day 2016, with a Symposium in the evening of Thursday 28 January 2016 (19.00-22.00) and a Workshop during Friday 29 January 2016 (10.00–19.00). The Symposium will bring together artists working on issues related to privacy and surveillance, and the Workshop, animated by Mario de Vega and Victor Mazón Gardoqui, will focus on data traffic and wireless communications. The programme is curated by Bogomir Doringer with the support of CPDP and PrivacySalon. Entrance is free. More info is available here.

democracy_plakat_72dpi-350x0The 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference will welcome as side event the screening of the movie ‘Democracy – Im Rausch der Daten(with English subtitles), a documentary providing a deep insight into the political battle for a new data protection law for the European Union. The screening will be accompanied by a discussion with director David Bernet, and Jan Philipp Albrecht and Viviane Reding, both Members of the European Parliament. When? 27 January 2016 at 7pm. Where? Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels. Please register contacting info@privacysalon.org. More info here.

orwell-1984-x-16-d Coinciding with the 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference -between 27 and 29 January 2016, in Brussels- will take place the exhibition ‘Privacy in Art: George Orwell 1984‘. The event, organised by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) in collaboration with Privacy Salon and Maison des Arts (Service de la Culture Française)  will introduce IAPP’s collection of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four copies and ephemera related to the book. Location: Maison des Arts, Chaussée d’Haecht 147, 1030 Schaerbeek. Find more info here or through Facebook.

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In the context of the 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference, VUB’s Brussels Privacy Hub is organising the event ‘Privacy in the EU and US: A debate between Max Schrems and Peter Swire‘. Swire is Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia institute of Technology; Schrems is the privacy activist behind Europe v Facebook. The debate will take place on 26 January 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU, in Brussels. Participation is free but pre-registration is required by contacting amy.weatherburn (AT) vub.ac.be no later than 22 January 2016. More details here.

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This year’s Computer’s, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Conference brings to Brussels a series of notable side events. On Tuesday 26 January 2016 at 20:20 (yes!) will take place a PechaKucha, co-organised by Architempo and CPDP: 10 speakers, each speaker has 6 minutes 40 seconds for a presentation in 20 images. Each image is on screen for only 20 seconds. No more, no less. 20 images x 20 seconds each. Tempo, story, tension, show-and-tell. The Brussels format includes designers, architects, artists, scientists, fashion designers photographers, musicians, and creative entrepreneurs. Many will discuss technology and its implications. Some will not. More info here: PechaKucha 26 January 2016.

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Digital rights advocates and members of NGOs  civil rights groups are invited to join the 2016 Privacy Camp, to take place on 26 January 2016 in Brussels. Organized by LSTS in partnership with EDRi, USL-B and Privacy Salon, the full-day event will feature sessions on a wide variety of topics, such as trade agreements and digital rights, lobbying and policy influencing, new surveillance laws in the works, privacy by design, litigation activism and Safe Harbor. For more information please visit the Privacy Camp website. To register, please contact imge.ozcan(at)vub.ac.be.

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A blog post titled ‘Beyond the GDPR, above the GDPR‘, by LSTS Researcher Gloria González Fuster, has been published by the Internet Policy Review: ‘As the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the European Council and the European Parliament seems to be approaching fast, there are some good news to report: the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has in the meantime taken advantage of the lengthy discussions surrounding it to firmly assert the fundamental rights dimension of EU personal data protection law. And it has done so in a clear and compelling manner. Well, almost.’ Read the full text here.