Call for papers 2018 – The Internet of Bodies

CPDP is an annual three-day conference devoted to privacy and data protection. The 11th edition of CPDP will be held on 24-26 January 2018 in Brussels. Whilst a number of speakers are specifically invited by the conference, several slots remain open to application through an annual call for papers. The CPDP2018 Call for Papers is addressed to all researchers who wish to present their papers at the next Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference.

The call is split into two different tracks. The first is dedicated to experienced researchers (i.e. from postdoctoral researchers on), while the second welcomes PhD students and other junior researchers. Contributions are welcome from all disciplines with perspectives on the themes of the conference. The dual-track structure of the CPDP2018 Call for Papers aims to meet the increasing interest of researchers – from all levels and from multiple disciplines – in CPDP and their expectations in terms of academic feedback and exchange. Please submit your contribution through the EasyChair conference system through this link.

The overarching theme of the 2018 edition is the “Internet of Bodies”. Data collection increasingly focuses on the physical body. Bodies are increasingly connected, digitized and informatized. In turn, the data extracted is reassembled in ways that give rise to significant questions – challenging fundamental assumptions about where the corporeal ends and the informational begins. Biometrics, genetic data processing and the quantified self are only some of the trends and technologies reaching into the depths of our bodies. Emerging technologies such as human enhancement, neural implants and brain wave technology look likely to soon become a daily reality.


The CPDP Scientific Committee invites papers in the fields of law, social sciences, philosophy and computer sciences (as well as other relevant fields). Multidisciplinary papers are particularly welcome. In particular, this call aims to reach researchers whose works relate to new technologies, privacy and data protection. Selected researchers will have the valuable opportunity to present their papers in the conference academic sessions. The main theme highlighted this year is “The Internet of Bodies”, but we welcome any original topics related to the general themes of the conference and especially encourage technology-focused and interdisciplinary submissions.

Follow this link for more information about the topics presented at previous editions of CPDP.

In case of doubt regarding the suitability of a contribution for the conference, please contact Lorenzo Dalla Corte (lorenzo.dallacorte@cpdpconferences.org).


  • Deadline for submissions: Friday 29 September 2017, h. 23:59.
  • Notification to authors: Friday 1 December 2017.

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will go through a second round of reviews for inclusion in the conference book (see below).


Authors responding to this Call for Papers are asked to submit a full paper via a dedicated webpage on the EasyChair system, together with a short abstract and up to 5 keywords. Authors should select the track for which they are applying in EasyChair: either CPDP 2017 Experienced Researchers or CPDP 2017 Junior Researchers.

Papers should be between 6000 and 8000 words in length, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Authors must make use of the OSCOLA (4th ed.) referencing style. The text of the paper should not include the name of the author(s) and all self-references should be deleted. Submissions not meeting these criteria risk rejection without consideration of quality.

The text of the paper should not include the name of the author(s) and all self-references should be deleted. Submissions not meeting these criteria risk rejection without consideration of quality.

Contributions and identifying information should be submitted through the EasyChair conference system following following this link.

Papers will be selected on the basis of their quality. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed by members of the CPDP2018 Scientific Committee (and other independent reviewers where necessary) and will be commented upon by distinguished scholars. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be presented at the conference: at least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for the conference and to present the paper. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in the conference book published by Springer.

Selected authors will receive free entrance for the duration of the conference. Funding for travel expenses may be available for PhD Candidates who cannot cover their own costs. If you require funding, please get in touch.

For further details on the conference structure and its main topic areas, interested researchers are invited to visit the www.cpdpconferences.org or to contact info@cpdpconferences.org


Nine books based on papers presented at previous CPDP conferences have already been published, and a 10th edition is currently in production:

  • Gutwirth, S., Y. Poullet, P. De Hert, C. de Terwangne, and S. Nouwt, eds. Reinventing Data Protection? Dordrecht: Springer, 2009. (www.springer.com)
  • Gutwirth, S., Y. Poullet, and P. De Hert, eds. Data Protection in a Profiled World. Dordrecht: Springer, 2010. (www.springer.com)
  • Gutwirth, S., Y. Poullet, P. De Hert and R. Leenes eds. Computers, Privacy and Data Protection: an Element of Choice. Dordrecht: Springer, 2011. (www.springer.com)
  • Gutwirth, S., R. Leenes, P. De Hert and Y. Poullet, European Data Protection: In Good Health? Dordrecht: Springer, 2012. (www.springer.com)
  • Gutwirth, S., R. Leenes, P. De Hert and Y. Poullet, European Data Protection:Coming of Age, Dordrecht: Springer, 2012. (www.springer.com)
  • Gutwirth, S., R. Leenes and P. De Hert, Reloading Data Protection: Multidisciplinary Insights and Contemporary Challenges. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014. (www.springer.com)
  • Gutwirth, S., Leenes, R. and P. De Hert, Reforming European Data Protection Law, Dordrecht: Springer, 2015. (www.springer.com)
  • Gutwirth, S., Leenes, R. and P. De Hert, Data Protection on the Move, Dordrecht: Springer, 2016. (www.springer.com)
  • Leenes R., Van Brakel R., Gutwirth, S., and P. De Hert, Computers, Privacy and Data Protection: Invisibilities & Infrastructures. Dordrecht: Springer. (www.springer.com)

Specific guidelines on the publication of the CPDP 2017 Book have been adopted. Please, visit this page.


CPDP would like to create a platform where all people passionate about privacy and data-protection can meet. If you are a social, political or computer scientist, activist, policy maker, lawyer, ICT expert or passionate person interested in being a speaker or getting involved in next year's Conference, please notify the Conference secretariat at the following address: info@cpdpconferences.org