Event Partners

Event Partners are academic consortia, research projects, think tanks and other research organisations who organise a CPDP2021 panel.

AIethicist.org is a global repository of curated reference & research material focused on AI ethics, bias, governance, national strategies and impact of AI on future of workplace, justice and financial systems. The founder, Merve Hickok, is an independent AI ethics trainer and consultant focused on AI ethics and bias and its implications on individual and society. Aim of AIethicist.org is to create awareness and build capacity within organizations. It collaborates with several international organizations building AI governance methods, and has been recognized by a number of organizations for her work.

The project 'Articulating Law, Technology, Ethics & Politics: Issues of Enforcement and Jurisdiction of EU Data Protection Law under and beyond the GDPR' (ALTEP DP) inquiries into the continuously evolving articulations of law, technology, ethics and politics, searching for a better understanding of the boundaries that separate them, and that they create and sustain. EU data protection law is taken as a starting point, more concretely the landscape delineated by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). ALTEP-DP is funded by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

With more than 11,500 employees, AVL is the world's largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing of all types of powertrain systems (hybrid, combustion engine, transmission, electric drive, batteries, fuel cell and control technology), their integration into the vehicle and is increasingly taking on new tasks in the field of ADAS/AD as well as data intelligence. Our pioneering spirit carries us into e-mobility, automatization and connectivity. Modern technologies bear modern risks. With our holistic approach for cybersecurity solutions we are covering the entire scope of the ‘secure car’ – from the moment of concept development until the end of the lifetime of the vehicle.

The Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) is an academic privacy research centre with a global focus. Part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), it uses its location in Brussels, the capital of Europe, to engage EU policymakers, data protection regulators, the private sector, academics and NGOs, and to produce innovative, cutting-edge research on important questions of data protection and privacy law and policy. The BPH’s main goals are to produce privacy research of the highest quality; bring together leading thinkers from around the world; and foster an interchange of ideas among privacy stakeholders in a climate of intellectual openness.

The council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members states of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states.

The Center for AI and Digital Policy aims to ensure that artificial intelligence promotes a better society, more fair, more just, and more accountable – a world where technology promotes broad social inclusion based on fundamental rights, democratic institutions, and the rule of law. Working under the auspices of the Michael Dukakis Institute and in collaboration with the AI World Society and the Club de Madrid, the Center will bring together world leaders, innovators, advocates, and thinkers to promote the Universal Guidelines for AI, the Social Contract for Age of AI, and the OECD AI Principles, and to explore emerging challenges.

CIPPM, the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management of Bournemouth University (UK), is home of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European intellectual property and information rights, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Established in 2000, the Centre has achieved international reputation for its empirical research and consultancy projects at the intersection of law and technology. As part of its mission, the Centre supports higher education programmes and vocational training in IP law and data protection.

Cité is a Research Unit gathering a community of 185 researchers from the Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology and focusing on issues of “Governance, Justice and Society”.

CyberSec4Europe is a 42-month research-based consortium with 43 partners from 20 EU Member States and two Associated Countries. As a pilot for a European network of cybersecurity competence centres, it is recommending potential governance structures using best practice examples. CyberSec4Europe is addressing key EU Directives and Regulations and helping to implement the EU Cybersecurity Act including skills base development and the certification framework. The project demonstrators tackle cybersecurity challenges within the vertical sectors of digital infrastructure, finance, government and smart cities, healthcare and transportation. CyberSec4Europe is funded by the European Union under the H2020 Programme Grant Agreement No. 830929

DIGIACT investigates transnational forms of digitally enabled information control, surveillance and repression against political activists, journalists and human rights defenders from the Middle East and North Africa who reside in the European Union. The project will analyze how repressive regimes seek to disrupt the communications and control the activities of government opponents and critics outside their state territory. It also examines the impact of digital threats on the targeted communities of transnational activists, their strategies of resistance as well as implications for freedom of expression, privacy and other human rights. The project (H2020-MSCA-IF-2018, Grant Agreement 845988) is embedded in the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) research group at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and led by Dr. Marcus Michaelsen.

Data Privacy Brasil Research Association produces research and advocacy at the intersection of technology, data and fundamental rights. Based on an Ethical Funding and Transparency Policy, the association develops strategic research projects in the protection of personal data, mobilizing knowledge that can help regulators, judges and legal professionals deal with complex issues that require in-depth knowledge about how social systems affect fundamental rights. The association is a non-profit civil society organization established in 2020.

The German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein – DAV) is the oldest independent and representative body of the German legal profession, democratically legitimated by voluntary membership. We are representing the interests of more than 160.000 Lawyers in Germany. Being politically independent, the DAV represents and promotes the professional and economic interests of the German legal profession. Founded in 1871, the DAV has today over 63.000 members organised in more than 250 local bar associations, including 13 local bar associations abroad.

The Digital Clearinghouse is a network of regulatory authorities from Europe and beyond responsible for the enforcement of consumer rights, with a focus on data protection, consumer and competition law. It aims to exchange best practices and novel ideas about how to protect individuals in the digital era, and to bring together different stakeholders involved in this challenge. The Digital Clearinghouse was established by the EDPS and is now run by the Universities of Tilburg and Namur with the European Policy Centre. It is funded by grants from the Open Society Foundations, the Omidyar Network, and the King Baudouin Foundation.

European Digital Rights (EDRi) is an association of 39 civil and human rights organisations from across Europe. Our mission is to promote, protect and uphold human rights in the digital environment. We work to ensure the respect for human rights in European legislative initiatives involving digital technology, at the earliest possible stage of the decision-making processes in Europe. Advances in information and communication technologies have created new opportunities for the protection of human rights and democracy, but also new challenges and threats, particularly in the areas of surveillance and freedom of expression. Accordingly, these are among EDRi’s major strategic priorities.

The Europol Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN) within the Europol Platform for Experts (EPE) is an online collaboration platform which has been developed with the aim of involving stakeholders from various backgrounds including law enforcement as well as representatives of relevant private parties, academia and NGO. EDEN is used as a channel to present projects, best practices and events linked to data protection in a law enforcement context. EDEN is an invitation only network and not suitable for the exchange of operational personal data or classified information. As part of Europol’s Data Protection Function (DPF) outreach activities, and within the umbrella of EDEN, the DPF is yearly organising the EDEN Conferences. The concept of the conferences is to bring together a diverse group of representatives from different sectors, both on stage and within the audience. Speakers are usually selected and invited based on their proven professional knowledge and expertise in various subject matter areas related to data protection.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is among the leading non-profit organizations defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. As the EU is gearing up for a major reform of key Internet regulation, EFF advocates for interoperability measures to break open the walled gardens that many large platforms have become, and to put users’ rights to informational self-determination front and center.

Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. The Computer Law and Security Review published by Elsevier is an international journal of technology law and practice providing a major platform for publication of high quality research, policy and legal analysis within the field of IT law and computer security.

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is a centre of expertise for cyber security in Europe. The Agency is actively contributing to a high level of network and information security (NIS) within the Union, since it was set up in 2004, to the development of a culture of NIS in society and in order to raise awareness of NIS, thus contributing to proper functioning of the internal market. ENISA works closely together with Members States and private sector to deliver advice and solutions. This includes, the pan-European Cyber Security Exercises, the development of National Cyber Security Strategies, CSIRTs cooperation and capacity building, but also studies on secure cloud adoption, addressing data protection issues, privacy enhancing technologies and privacy on emerging technologies, eIDs and trust services, and identifying the cyber threat landscape, and others. ENISA also supports the development and implementation of the European Union's policy and law on matters relating to NIS.

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is an independent European body, which contributes to the consistent application of data protection rules throughout the European Union, and promotes cooperation between the EU’s data protection authorities. The EDPB is established by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and is based in Brussels. The EDPB is composed of representatives of the national data protection authorities of the EU and the EFTA EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), as well as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). The EDPB has a Secretariat, which is provided by the EDPS and based in Brussels.

The European Trade Union Institute is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) which itself affiliates European trade unions into a single European umbrella organisation. The ETUI places its expertise – acquired in particular in the context of its links with universities, academic and expert networks – in the service of workers’ interests at European level and of the strengthening of the social dimension of the European Union.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Fundamental Rights Research Centre (FRC) is a dynamic hub conducting research on a wide variety of topics ranging from human trafficking to data protection. Besides the fundamental rights expertise of its members, FRC centralises many European research projects that offer practical applications. Furthermore, FRC is the national contractor for FRANET, the research network of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. Thanks to the projects constituting a privileged platform for academic cooperation, FRC is at the core of an ever-growing academic network, further fueled by the personal projects of its members, be it by international mobility or by their involvement in peer-reviewed publications.

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a Washington, DC based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. The forum is led by Internet privacy experts Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf and includes an advisory board comprised of leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups.

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), a globally recognized standards-setting body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 1,200 active standards and more than 650 standards under development. Our standards drive the functionality, capabilities, and interoperability of a variety of products and services that transform the way people live, work, and communicate.

iHub, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The iHub is a new interdisciplinary research hub on Security, Privacy, and Data Governance. iHub brings together a diverse range of scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, engineering and natural sciences to tackle urgent questions raised by the increased digitalization and datafication of science and society.

The research mission of iCIS is to improve the security and reliability of computer-based systems and algorithms through mathematically founded theories, methods and tools. On the one hand the applicability of the institute’s methods and tools is validated by tackling these problems, as encountered in society, industry, and other scientific disciplines. On the other hand, research problems are abstracted from concrete problems encountered in reality. Alongside its research ambitions, it is iCIS’ mission to deliver PhD graduates capable of working at the appropriate level of abstraction that allows them to keep an overview over developments, with the skills to extend knowledge boundaries, and with an analytical and critical mind-set.

The iSchool at Illinois leads the way in shaping the future of information through highly ranked programs, innovative research, and meaningful engagement. Our researchers address contemporary information issues in data science; human computer interaction; digital libraries; privacy; artificial intelligence; cybersecurity; bio-and health-informatics; information literacy; cultural analytics; youth literature, culture, and services; and more.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg conducts internationally competitive research on a wide variety of topics related to information and communication technology (ICT) with the goal of creating socio-economic impact. The centre counts more that 300 researchers from all over the world working on highly innovative collaborative projects with industry and the public sector.

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organizations manage and protect data. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit association that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally.

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LSEC is an internationally renowned Information security cluster, a not for profit organization that has the objective to promote Information Security and Privacy best practices in Europe. Founded by the University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven), supported by European Commission FP7 and leading a unique PAN European Private partnership that interacts with Public Institutions, LSEC connects industry experts, research institutes and universities, government agencies, end users, funding bodies and technical experts who are driving national and European research agendas. LSEC activities aim to raise awareness, support innovation and competitiveness of the European IT- Security market and promote the visibility of its members.

Since 2002 Lexxion has established itself as a dynamic legal publisher based in Berlin focusing on niche areas of European law and policy. Our core areas of competences include EU competition, data protection, substances and environmental law, as well as exciting new projects in emerging technologies and digitalisation. In all these fields Lexxion publishes journals, books and blogs, and hosts conferences, trainings and seminars for legal professionals, academics and policy makers. Through our various knowledge platforms, we work with the thought leaders in these legal fields and help provide an expert, unbiased analysis that can shape the future of Europe.

The LCII is a research centre of the University of Liege (“ULiège”) created in 2013. It seeks to explore the complex relationship between competition and innovation in society, from both an economic and legal standpoints. The LCII benefits from the intellectual support of the network of experts active in the context of the LL.M in Competition Law and Intellectual Property of the ULiège. It also relies on a larger network of competition and innovation professional, built through the organization of regular academic activities in the past years, notably in the context of the Brussels School of Competition.

The Department of Media and Communications is a world-leading centre of excellence in the field of communication and media studies, renowned internationally for its high quality teaching excellence and high quality research that impacts on the strategies and practices of the media and communications industry, government policy makers and the third sector.

Making transparent the invisible surveillance (MATIS) is a joint project of the Free University Brussels (VUB) and the University of Luxembourg, co-funded by the Flemish Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek and the Luxembourgish Fonds National de la Recherche. The main goal of MATIS is to carry out a structured academic research that would justify (or not) the intrusiveness and outreach of digital investigatory measures. MATIS should measure the use and frequency of digital investigatory measures and thereby develop new, objective and quantifiable criteria for assessing the necessity and proportionality of such measures.

NIST is the United States national metrology and standards laboratory. It's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life.

The Nordic Centre for Internet and Society brings together a wide range of disciplines, methodologies, and viewpoints to analyse and understand the growing influence of digital technologies on working life and society. As an academic think-and-do-centre, we aim to bring together scholars and practitioners from Norway, Scandinavia, and the rest of the world to explore the re-invention of work and organizing in a digital, networked, and media-rich environment. The Centre draws expertise from different departments at BI Norwegian Business School, an independent, not-for-profit foundation, whose sole purpose is teaching and research in the business and management disciplines.

PDP4E is an H2020 innovation action that provides engineers with methods and tools to help achieve privacy compliance. It takes a model-based system engineering approach, focusing on privacy risk management, requirements engineering, privacy-aware design and assurance management capabilities to enable the specification of privacy protection models. It integrates methods, standards, frameworks (e.g., LINDDUN, ISO/IEC 27550, ISO 31700, NIST privacy framework), and tools (e.g. MUSA, PAPYRUS or OpenCert) and demonstrates their use on two use cases connected vehicles and data exchange for energy. PDP4E has the ambition to launch a community of open models with the support of a community of software developers (Eclipse).

PANELFIT (Participatory Approaches to a New Ethical and Legal Framework for ICT) is a H2020 project funded by the European Commission -GA 788039-. The project aims to facilitate the adaptation processes to new technical possibilities and legal frameworks with a set of editable, openly accessible guidelines; offering operational standards capable of reducing ethical and legal problems posed by information and communication technologies. PANELFIT consortium, coordinated by the University of the Basque Country, comprises ten other European partner institutions from different fields; from of technology assessment to university, academic research, citizen science, research ethics, data protection, media and IT consulting.

Privacy Salon vzw is a non-profit organisation founded by Paul de Hert, Rosamunde van Brakel and Ulrich Seldeslachts in 2014. Privacy Salon vzw builds upon the wealth of experience and network of the interdisciplinary research group on Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the well-known Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conferences and the European Network of Security Professionals, Research and Industry (LSEC). Privacy Salon co-organises the annual conference of CPDP, as well as numerous public side events focusing on legal and societal issues posed by current and future technologies, including an annual art exhibition.

PinG is a professional academic journal specialising in privacy, data protection, and compliance. The journal provides an international forum on topics dealing with the practical implementation of corporate privacy as well as with new developments in data protection and privacy law. PinG is particularly interested in international submissions (in both English and German) that focus on issues encountered by practicing professionals but also welcomes work on the theoretical foundations of data protection and privacy. The journal is published by Erich Schmidt Verlag, one of the leading academic publishing houses in Germany. Visit us for more information and free trial issues.

SPECTRE (Smart-city Privacy: Enhancing Collaborative Transparency in the Regulatory Ecosystem) is an interdisciplinary project funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders. It involves the collaboration of research centres within KU Leuven and the Free University of Brussels. The main goal is to explore the potential of using public procurement rules to incorporate a new method of collaborative smart-city DPIA. The proposed DPIA method will be participatory and consider socio-economic interests, aiming to go beyond the goal of mere legal compliance to an exercise that legitimises the use of technological innovations in city environments.

Sakari Games is a Games Development Studio based in Antwerp, Belgium. For over 10 years Sakari has been delivering games for a diversity of platforms including Nintendo Switch, Xbox, VR titles and mobile games. The talented team is ready to help you with all your digital needs from UX, Programming, Video Game Ports, 3D Artwork, Animation, Rigging, Texture Art, to Marketing Assets.

SSSA (www.santannapisa.it ) is a special Italian university (Grande École) devoted to applied sciences. Its LIDER-Lab (www.lider-lab.sssup.it ) has a long tradition of theoretical and empirical legal research, training and consulting coalescing in a cross-field approach attentive also to policy implications. LIDER-Lab coordinates the “Legality Attentive Data Scientist” (LeADS) H2020 research and educational program to train experts in data science and law and to develop a data science capable of maintaining its innovative solutions within the borders of law - by design and by default - while of helping expand the legal frontiers in line with innovation needs.

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The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI) is an independent research unit at the Department of Law at Stockholm University, exploring the interaction between Law and Information Technology. The activities of IRI focus on both methodological issues and regulative issues, and the Institute functions as a meeting place for traditional legal studies, information science and information technology. While IRI is primarily a research organisation, it is also actively involved in community development and participates in various expert groups concerning the regulation and development of information and communication technology. Established in 1968, IRI it is one of the world’s first research organisations with this profile.

The EDHEC Augmented Law Institute is the legal research center of the EDHEC Business School of Lille (one of the top 15 European business schools. Fully international and directly connected to the business world). The institute has three strategic development focuses: an offering of hybrid training programmes, research of real practical use for the legal industry, a proprietary Legal Talent Management platform.

The Institute for the equality of women and men is the autonomous federal public institution charged with guaranteeing and promoting gender equality and to combat any form of gender-based discrimination and inequality by developing and implementing a fitting legal framework, structures, strategies, tools and actions. The Institute also combats online discrimination such as sexist hate speech, online hate crimes and cyberstalking. Since July 1st 2020, the Institute was made competent by law to support victims of image based sexual abuse and to take legal steps if necessary.

The Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt Since its foundation in 1877, TU Darmstadt has been characterized by a special pioneering spirit. It is part of our self-image to continuously continue this tradition of innovation. Through outstanding achievements in research, teaching and transfer, we open up important scientific fields of the future and continually open up new opportunities for shaping society. This makes TU Darmstadt one of the leading technical universities in Germany with high international visibility and reputation. TU Darmstadt bundles its excellent and globally visible research in six profile areas. Research in the profile areas focuses on topics that are of high and lasting relevance for the economy and society.

The VUB Chair ‘Data Protection On the Ground’ (DPOG) promotes the investigation into actual practices of data privacy in organizations and the dissemination of best practices. The focus of its research is on four sectors: smart cities, health, media, and banking. To this end, practices in public sector organizations are compared with those in the private sector, and organizations experienced in personal data protection are compared with beginners. The DPOG Chair is coordinated by the research center imec-SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation & Technology) in collaboration with research group LSTS (Law, Science Technology & Society) and supported by BNP Paribas Fortis.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Through tailor-made high quality research and education, VUB wants to contribute in an active and committed way to a better society for tomorrow.