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CPDP is a non-profit platform originally founded in 2007 by research groups from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université de Namur and Tilburg University. The platform was joined in the following years by the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique and the Fraunhofer Institut für System und Innovationsforschung and has now after a decade grown into a platform carried by 20 academic centers of excellence from the EU, the US and beyond.

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The Center for Law & Internet (CLI, est. 1984) is part of the Law Faculty of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. CLI’s is the leading Dutch knowledge institute on the combined legal aspects of information, innovation and ICT, and fosters the study of the social, cultural and economic impact of information technology, in particular the Internet. CLI carries out interdisciplinary research in collaboration with internationally renown scholars, offers policy advice and developed a distinctive IP and internet law master programme. Research and teaching encompasses internet governance, copyright, freedom of (online) expression, cybercrime, privacy and security, e-commerce, intellectual property and international private law.

The Research Centre in Information, Law and Society (Centre de Recherches en Information, Droit et Société) is focused on a wide spectrum of information society-related issues, such as telecommunications, privacy, intellectual property, e-commerce, e-government, e-health, big data, cyber-security, the Internet of Things, the sharing economy, e-journalism, digital literacy, algorithmic governance and network sociology. The CRIDS was established in 1979 at the University of Namur with the objective of addressing the many faces of the information society with interdisciplinary and rigorous research anchored in practical and responsible knowledge in order to promote a democratic development of the information society.

CRISP (the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy) is one of Europe's leading knowledge exchange centres dedicated to furthering our understanding of the many dimensions of the 'surveillance society' and its consequences. CRISP is a collaborative interdisciplinary initiative between the University of Stirling's Management School, the Open University Business School and the University of Edinburgh's School of Social and Political Sciences and School of Law. Its core aim is to generate and disseminate new knowledge about 'information, surveillance and privacy'. It provides a platform for world class academic research and doctoral training, and a nexus for interaction and information exchange with policy-makers, practitioners, the media and the general public. CRISP is currently engaged in a number of projects funded by: European Commission, COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), ERSC, and EPSRC.

The Google Chair on Privacy, Society and Innovation at the Universidad CEU San Pablo (Madrid) was the first Chair created by Google in partnership with a Law School, in 2012. The Google Chair addresses questions around privacy and innovation that arise in our society. It is also a multidisciplinary discussion forum of international scope for professionals specialized in this knowledge and research area. Every year, the Google Chair organizes an International Conference with various national and international key note speakers and holds several Permanent Seminars that address the most relevant challenges and innovations in the field. The Chair gives annually a Research Prize to award the best research work related to privacy and technological innovation.

The Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) was founded in 2005 to respond to the legal and regulatory challenges posed by technological developments and innovations. CLIP now stands at the cutting edge of scholarship and legal education in the field of information law. CLIP produces research, organizes events, and facilitates high-level discourse on topics including data privacy and security, intellectual property protection for information assets, online speech, and internet governance. CLIP’s work influences the guiding principles of our knowledge-driven society and helps to fosters solutions to legal issues posed by information technologies.

The Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine and Law is a unique partnership between Washington University’s Schools of Medicine and Law. Working on problems of human information policy, its mission is to pioneer and ethical data-driven future, promote health, and protect people. Reflecting this mission, its Co-Directors are Professor Neil Richards, the Thomas & Karole Green Professor of Law and an internationally renowned expert in privacy law, and Dr. Jonathan W. Heusel, Professor of Pathology and of Genetics at the School of Medicine, an expert in molecular medicine and the development of clinical diagnostics.

The Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) was founded in 1985 and has a leading role in research and education on law and digital technologies. The Center studies social, legal and normative impacts of emerging digital technologies with the focus on their interplay with fundamental rights and the rule of law. The core activities of the Center are offering education on various academic levels and carrying out academic research in the areas of online privacy and personal data protection, cybercrime and cybersecurity, internet governance, electronic communications law, media law and children's digital rights.

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, founded in 1977, is a non-profit organisation with approx. 340 employees (thereof 40% scientists) and a total budget of about 45 Mio. EUR. FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the Leibniz Association, one of the major German research organisations comprising 89 research and scientific service institutions. FIZ Karlsruhe has the task to produce scientific-technical information and to provide related services. It also runs internal as well as public funded applied research projects. As an international service partner to science and business, FIZ Karlsruhe has strong expertise in handling all issues related to information transfer and knowledge management. FIZ Karlsruhe’s business segments complement each other with respect to the information offer and usage possibilities.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI is part of the Fraunhofer Society, Europe’s biggest organization for applied research in Europe conducting independent, interdisciplinary research for numerous clients from the public and private sector as well as civil society. Fraunhofer ISI investigates the scientific, economic, ecological, social, organizational, legal and political framework conditions for generating innovations and their implications. Fraunhofer ISI has a long track of projects dealing with security, privacy and data protection funded by the European Commission, German national ministries. Fraunhofer has also been advising the German and European Parliament on issues related to impacts of science and technology. Currently Fraunhofer ISI is co-ordinating the interdisciplinary German Privacy Forum.

Public science and technology institution established in 1967, Inria is is the only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, Inria’s 3,400 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future. Educated at leading international universities, they creatively integrate basic research with applied research and dedicate themselves to solving real problems, collaborating with the main players in public and private research in France and abroad and transferring the fruits of their work to innovative companies. The researchers at Inria published over 4,800 articles in 2010. They are behind over 270 active patents and 105 start-ups. In 2010, Inria’s budget came to 252.5 million euros, 26% of which represented its own resources.

The Institute for Information Law (IViR), officially established in 1989, is one of the largest research centers in the field of information law in the world. The Institute employs over 25 researchers who are active in an entire spectrum of information society related legal areas: intellectual property law, patents, telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, media law, Internet regulation, advertising law, domain names, freedom of expression, privacy, digital consumer issues, commercial speech, et cetera. The institute’s mission is to further the development of information law into a balanced framework that accommodates the needs and interests of the information society. The Institute engages in cutting-edge research into fundamental and topical aspects of information law, and provides a forum for critical debate about the social, cultural and political aspects of regulating information markets.

The Institute for Information Security & Privacy at Georgia Tech is an international leader in research, developing, and disseminating technical solutions and policy about cybersecurity and privacy. The Institute’s mission is to identify and address the grand challenges in cybersecurity and privacy. The Institute will educate and train students and professionals through degree and life-long learning programs. The institute engages the government, industry, and general public on cybersecurity and privacy issues, and transfers results into deployable technologies.

The Centre for IT & IP Law is a research center at the Faculty of Law of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), with currently a staff of over 40 researchers specialized in legal and ethical aspects of IT innovation and intellectual property. Researchers working at the Centre for IT and IP Law focus on the fundamental re-thinking of the current legal framework, necessitated by the rapid evolution of technology in various fields, such as government, media, health care, informatics, digital economy, banking, transport, culture, etc. Their research is characterized by an intra- and extra-juridical interdisciplinary approach, constantly aspiring cross-fertilization between legal, technical, economic, ethical and socio-cultural perspectives. The Centre for IT & IP Law has a solid track record as a law and ethics partner of large international and interdisciplinary·research·projects. It is internationally renowned for its expertise in the areas of data protection and privacy, health and care, intellectual property, media and communications, and (cyber)security.

The multidisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) was created in 2003 as an independent entity within the Faculty of Law & Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. With more than 30 researchers at all levels of experience, LSTS has become a prominent European research institute in the area of technology regulation. LSTS researchers’ expertise covers a wide range of topics related to developments in information and communication technologies including privacy, data protection, surveillance, intellectual property rights, security, e-health and digital legal theory. The research group has secured funding for a range of projects from various bodies including the European Commission, FWO and more. LSTS researchers also operate the Brussels Privacy Hub, an internationally-focused privacy research centre, Privacy Salon, an NGO aiming at public awareness of privacy and other social and ethical consequences of new technologies, and the Brussels Laboratory for Data Protection & Privacy Impact Assessments (d.pia.lab). LSTS is also the main organiser of the CPDP conference.

An initiative of the Moritz College of Law, the Program on Data and Governance seeks to identify the governance strategies that will best allow society to achieve data’s important benefits while reducing its potential harms. The Program: conducts non-partisan, inter-disciplinary research on data governance strategies; hosts conferences, roundtables, speakers, and other events; participates in national and regional policy forums and serves as a resource for the policymakers, businesses, and other stakeholders; and trains the next generation of legal, policy, and data science professionals to identify data governance issues and develop solutions to them.

The Politecnico di Torino is one of the most prestigious universities in Italy in the field of education, research and technological transfer in all sectors of architecture and engineering. Politecnico attracts students from more than 100 countries and activates about 800 collaborations per year with industries, public institutions and local organizations. The Department of Management and Production Engineering (DIGEP) at the Politecnico di Torino is the point of reference for the studies on the relationship between industrial production, innovation and economic environment, with a specific research group of legal scholars focused on law & technology.

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) is part of the Tilburg Law School of Tilburg University, the Netherlands. With 25 researchers and many years of experience, it is one of the most prominent Dutch research and education institutes in the area of regulation of technology. TILT covers a wide range of topics related to developments in ICT, biotechnology, and other technologies. These developments are studied from a multidisciplinary perspective – law, ethics, STS, and social sciences – in the contexts of important domains of the developing knowledge society. A key feature of the institute’s research and educational programmes is the close interaction of its multi-disciplinary scholars on the interplay between regulation, technology and values. TILT is one of the founding partners in the Privacy and Identity Lab (PI.lab), a joint venture of the digital security group at Radboud Universiteit, TNO and SIDN, the company behind .nl domains.

Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the only public university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with academic staff originating from 20 different countries and 6,366 students from 113 different countries. Multilingual, international and research-oriented, it is also a modern institution with a personal atmosphere. As part of the University, the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance offers an LL.M programme in Space, Communication and Media Law with a particular focus on data protection law, while the University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) conducts internationally competitive research in information and communication technology (ICT) engaging in collaborative work with over 40 industry and government partners.

Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (USL-B) traces its roots back to 1858. Today, with more than 3300 students (originating from over fifty countries), 32 study programs (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Advanced Master’s many of them taught in English), and 70 bilateral agreements, USL-B is a recognised centre of excellence in the field of social sciences. The USL-B is organised in five Faculties including the Institute for European Studies, which was created in 2007. The IES USL-B offers 2 Masters and 2 Certificates together with the Université catholique de Louvain, one Summer School together with the law firm Van Bael & Bellis, Jean Monnet Module in EU Environmental Policies and Law and Europa Plus training programmes.