Ideas that Drive our Digital World

CPDP2021 Call for Papers

The Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference (CPDP) is an annual three-day conference devoted to privacy and data protection. The 16th edition of CPDP will be held on the 24th to 26th of May 2023 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. This Call for Papers is addressed to all researchers who wish to present their papers at the next CPDP conference.

The submissions are split into two tracks. The first one is dedicated to experienced researchers (i.e. postdoctoral researchers, professors etc.), while the second one 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 CPDP2022 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 check the submission instructions below and submit your contribution through the EasyChair conference system through the following link by 3rd of February, 2023.

The overarching theme of the 2023 edition is ‘Ideas That Drive Our Digital World’. In an increasingly digitised world, an ever-expanding constellation of data protection norms and values continues to materialise. The digital and regulatory agendas, both locally and globally, have profound impacts on the ways in which individuals and societies experience technology. A reflection on the ideas that drive our digital world requires a reckoning with some of the big questions facing us today: how do we design a truly inclusive digital society? What is the future of technology and regulation, and how is this future decided?

Emerging global standards for privacy, data protection, AI and beyond, raise myriad questions on the rule of law in the digital world, processes of international norm creation, self-regulation and standardisation, and the design of governance and accountability frameworks. As data flows know no borders, and data protection laws have come of age, are current frameworks sufficient or are new ideas necessary?

Crucially, reflecting on the ideas that drive our digital world also requires profound conversations on the societal, legal, ethical and technical norms that underpin the development of new technologies and the rules that govern their use.

CPDP2023 will serve as a platform to discuss, and seek answers, to these questions and many more.

We welcome cutting edge papers in all areas related to technology, privacy and data protection, but particularly invite submissions that fit the general conference theme.


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 especially welcome. In particular, this call aims to reach researchers whose works relate to new technologies, privacy and data protection. Selected researchers will have the opportunity to present their papers in the academic sessions of the conference. Although, the main theme highlighted this year is 'Ideas That Drive Our Digital World', we welcome any original topics related to the general themes of the conference.

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 Suzanne Nusselder.


  • Deadline for submissions: 3rd of February 2023
  • Notification to authors: 31st of March 2023

* The CPDP organizers reserve a right to merge presentations of papers submitted within the junior and senior tracks in the joint panels.

Submission Instructions

CPDP2021 Call for Papers

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 must choose between a junior and senior track. In case of papers co-authored by both junior and senior researchers, we advise to decide on the basis of the first author. Authors are asked to indicate the relevant research discipline.

Papers should be between 6000 and 8000 words in length, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Authors must make use of the Chicago reference style (Notes-Bibliography system). 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.

Proposed contributions and all required information should be submitted through the EasyChair conference system following this link.

Papers will be selected on the basis of their quality. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed by members of the CPDP2023 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 Hart Publishing.

Selected authors – one for each paper – 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 or to contact

Conference Books

It started in 2007

Fourteen books based on papers presented at previous CPDP conferences have been published, and a 15th edition is currently in production.

Specific guidelines on the publication of the CPDP2022 Book have been adopted. Please, see above.

Beyond the Call for Papers

It started in 2007

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 Organising Committee at the following address: