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On Monday 11th September 2017 Mathias Vermeulen will publicly defend at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) his PhD thesis ‘Public Privacy: A European Fundamental Rights Analysis Of The Right To Private Life In An Age Of Smartphones, Drones And Social Media. The defense will take place at 16:00 in auditorium D0.08. Please find the official invitation here.


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On Monday 7 October 2013 Daniel Trottier will deliver a lecture titled ‘Police and Social Media : An Overview and Early Assesment‘, on how police and other law enforcement agencies are facing the challenges and opportunities linked to the emergence of social media platforms. Daniel Trottier is a postdoctoral fellow at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster. The lecture will take place in the context of the VUB Law & Criminology talks, and is co-organised by the LSTS and the research group Crime and Society (CRIS). More information: here.

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An open roundtable titled ‘No free lunch on social media‘, devoted to social media and privacy, will take place on 24 January 2013 (8 pm) at De Markten, in Brussels. Participants include: Jo Pierson, iMinds-SMIT Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), Dominique Deckmyn, De Standaard (BE, Colin J. Bennett, University of Victoria (CA), Rob Heyman, iMinds-SMIT Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), Alain Heureux, IAB (EU), and Bruno Schröder, Microsoft Belux (BE). The objective of having a public debate is essentially to raise discussions and to get people interested in the issue at stake, so involving attendees. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required; please register here. This event is scheduled in the context of the CPDP 2013 International Conference, and organised by the User empowerment in a Social Media Culture (EMSOC) research project.

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Social media present an exciting platform for people to interact. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc. are considered as public spaces. However, these spaces are controlled by private investors out for profit. Social networking sites blur the lines between personal and public behavior. Whose information are you sharing anyway? Does the technology make us more conscious of our actions? Does the fact that our ministers tweet, enhances our trust in the policymaking process? This edition of Campustalks addresses the ethical challenges of social media for researchers, journalists, artists, law practitioners, policymakers, employers and employees, educators and students, parents and kids.

LSTS researcher Irina Baraliuc will talk about post-mortem aspects of online profiles on social network sites, using the Pecha Kucha style.

The Campustalks will take place at the Kultuurkafee of the VUB, on November 6 from 12h00 to 14h00. More information here.

LSTS researcher Katja De Vries will give a talk entitled “Facebook – virtual yet real” on Wednesday 12th September 2012. Educational and entertaining. Organised by: Uitstraling Permanente Vorming vzw. Starting time: 20:00. Address: Vrijzinnig Centrum Poincaré – Stormestraat 131/18 – 8790 Waregem.

 More information: here and here.

On the 19th of December the EMSOC-project organizes a debate between 19.00 and 21.00 about the use of social media and the right to privacy (in Dutch).

Participants include:

Location: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Aula QD (ingang 13, gebouw Q).
For more information about the event and registration for the session, please visit the Emsoc website here.

LSTS members Paul de Hert and Mathias Vermeulen wrote an article (in Dutch) in De Juristenkrant of 9 November 2011 about this topic; you can find the article here on p. 11.