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‘CPDP’ 2007

As the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Conference is about to celebrate its 10th birthday, we look back at 10 years of CPDP programmes and their covers.

It all started in October 2007 with the brochure of the ‘Reinventing Data Protection?’ International Conference, which took place in October 2007 at deBuren, in Brussels. The orginal handout mixed a photocopied hand and a barcode, a simple yet effective combination producing a sort of modern allegory of human beings in modern societies, difficult to surpass.

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CPDP 2009

Perhaps fearing that indeed such a telling image was impossible to surpass, in 2009 the Conference came back with a handout with almost exactly the same picture. Continuity was also guaranteed by the fact that the event was again held in deBuren, and also came with an interrogative title: ‘Data Protection in A Profiled World?’, the Conference wondered.  The gathering had already adopted what was to become its official name, Computers, Privacy and Data Protection International Conference,  and this time it took place in January, which was to eventually become the CPDP month for many years. The repeated cover picture did have some negative effects, notably generating a certain degree of anxiety among those who were distributing it, as they were never sure they were distributing the right one.

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CPDP 2010

By its third edition, in 2010, CPDP continued to search for its marks and started to be celebrated on the week of the Data Protection Day, also known as Data Privacy Day, which is the 28th January as many data subjects know. This time the event came with a very assertive title: ‘An Element of Choice’, proclaimed the programme, and the cover picture saw a person comfortably floating over a multimedia sea. Exceptionally, the event was organised at the Kaaitheater.

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CPDP 2011

The 2011 programme made a clin d’oeil to the original edition by bringing back a hand, although this time not photocopied but X-rayed and holding a mouse, and now against a white background. 2011 was the year CPDP moved to Les Halles de Schaerbeek, and also the year that the Conference started to have an official duration of three days. The title of the 4th edition pondered: ‘European Data Protection: In Good Health?’.

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CPDP 2012

The white background started to become recurrent with the 5th edition, in 2012. By then, optimism appeared to be in the air, in light of the confident title: ‘European Data Protection: Coming of Age’. The cover leaned towards abstraction with a close up of a fragment of a sandglass, possibly hinting somehow that coming of age takes time.

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CPDP 2013

In 2013, the 6th CPDP edition opted for an even closer relation between message and image, illustrating that it was all about ‘Reloading Data Protection’ with a half-loaded battery. The novelty of having an almost solid blue background was compensated by the reassuring way in which the ‘reloading data protection‘ reverberated the primal ‘reinventing data protection?’ mantra.

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CPDP 2014

Not about re-inventing or re-loading data protection but about re-forming it was the 7th edition of CPDP in 2014. That year the Conference was titled ‘Reforming Data Protection: The Global Perspective’, and the illustration emphasised the importance of this global perspective with a globe where countries were depicted in different shades of blue, reigning over a white background.

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CPDP 2015

Abstraction was the keyword in 2015, when the idea of ‘Data Protection on the Move’ that guided the 8th edition of CPDP was graphically encapsulated by a blurry image of what could be imagined to be data, dynamically going in all directions against a black space, for reinforced dramatic effect.

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CPDP 2016

Magritte was one of the main sources of inspiration for CPDP 2016‘s graphics: a bowler hat and suit were worn by a data network-like (almost) invisible man, against the by then already classical white background. The image appropratetly reverberated the 9th edition title, concerned with ‘Invisibilities & Infrastructures’.

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CPDP 2017

Finally, this years’ CPDP comes with the promising slogan ‘The Age of Intelligent Machines’, accompanied by an exclusive drawing  signed by Rayman and based on an idea by Dara Hallinan. All quintessential elements of a good CPDP programme cover are thus there, announcing a great 10th edition.

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The Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) will celebrate its 10th birthday under the title ‘The Age of Intelligent Machines‘. CPDP2017 will take place between the 25 and 27 January 2017 at the Halles de Schaerbeek, in Brussels, bringing together many speakers and surrounded by numerous side events. Check the full programme here, and the side events here. To register, it is here.

5108111856_b8e8aa3c8cThe multiple ways of (de/self-) regulation: What is at stake for human rights?‘ is the title of this year’s already announced Privacy Camp, taking place on Tuesday 26 January 2016 at Université Saint-Louis (Rue du Marais 119, Brussels) as a pre-CPDP event. Please check the very interesting programme, now online, and make sure you register by 22 January 2016 contacting Imge.Ozcan AT vub.ac.be. Priority will be given to members of NGOs and civil rights groups. Participation is free. All info here.

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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.