Event Partners

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

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).

The Ada Lovelace Institute (Ada) was established by the Nuffield Foundation in early 2018, in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Statistical Society, the Wellcome Trust, Luminate, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Ada’s mission is to ensure that data and AI work for people and society. We believe that a world where data and AI work for people and society is a world in which the opportunities, benefits and privileges generated by data and AI are justly and equitably distributed and experienced.

The Chair Digital Self-Determination at the Berlin University of the Arts being part of the Einstein Center Digital Future aims at developing mechanisms, tools and concepts that help actors involved in data-driven innovation to better identify and control the risks and, as a consequence from this, to better exploit the advantages of data-driven innovation. To this end, the research group structures its research program along the following research clusters: Data protection by design; data governance; certificates and codes of conduct; digital urban health and aging (DUHA).

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.

Last June 24th, 2021 the launch and the beginning of the activities of the South EU Google Data Governance Chair took place. The Board is headed by Professor José Luis Piñar, from CEU San Pablo University, Madrid. The Board counts with Professors Maria da Graça Canto Moniz (Nova University Lisbon), Georgios Yannopoulos (University of Athens) and Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich (University of RomaTre). The Chair will focus on scientific reflection and research in the academic field on data governance, in the context of the European countries. In addition, it will serve as a framework to analyze the challenges for Law and Data Governance in the European sphere, in areas such as Big Data, Data Driven Innovation, Artificial Intelligence or International Personal Data flows.

Campus Fryslân is the youngest faculty of the University of Groningen (NL) and home to the interdisciplinary Bachelor programme Data Science and Society as well as the Master programme in Voice Technology. Within Campus Fryslân, the interdisciplinary Data Research Centre combines expertise in Data Science with critical insight on interactions between society and technology and functions as co-creation space between researchers, students, and external stakeholders for research in all disciplines that connect to the domains of Data Science and its societal implications.

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. Comprised of AI policy experts around the world, CAIDP has published "Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values,” advised national governments and international organizations, established an AI Policy certification program, and worked to promote the Universal Guidelines for AI.

The Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies (PRIVACY), University of Copenhagen, is dedicated to research into historical notions of privacy and the private. The Centre was founded in 2017; it brings together historians of architecture, law, political ideas, religion and social conditions. The PRIVACY research team examines how explicit and implicit notions of privacy shape relations between individuals and society across diverse historical contexts. We are particularly interested in indications of privacy as a value and as a threat, and aim to mobilize historical insights as a resource for research an debates on contemporary privacy issues.

The Cyber and Data Security Lab (CDSL) aims to explore the legal aspects of cybersecurity and information security. It is part of the internationally renowned Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. As per its mission statement, CDSL aims to further knowledge, promote awareness, and foster new ideas within the legal framework on cybersecurity and information security, both globally and within the EU. To this end it carries out funded research, assumes advisory roles, publishes its findings and encourages international dialogue within its fields of expertise.

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.

Datatilsynet (The Norwegian Data Protection Authority) is an independent public body, which monitors compliance with the Data Protection Act in Norway. Datatilsynet is both an ombudsman in privacy matters and a supervisory authority under the Data Protection Act. This entails being a "watchdog" and participating in public debate on privacy issues, and at the same time, supervise that companies are in compliance with the Data Protection Act. In 2020, Datatilsynet established a regulatory sandbox for responsible artificial intelligence, to support the innovation of ethical and privacy-friendly AI solutions.

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.

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 Cybersecurity, ENISA, is the Union’s agency dedicated to achieving a high common level of cybersecurity across Europe. Established in 2004 and strengthened by the EU Cybersecurity Act, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity contributes to EU cyber policy, enhances the trustworthiness of ICT products, services and processes with cybersecurity certification schemes, cooperates with Member States and EU bodies, and helps Europe prepare for the cyber challenges of tomorrow. More information under www.enisa.europa.eu.

The European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC), established under the Law Faculty of Maastricht University, offers executive education programmes closely intertwined with the centre’s research on legal issues related to personal data protection and cybersecurity. A growing number of certified professionals are required to deal with new regulations and on-going developments in the privacy and cybersecurity market. In order to meet this global demand, ECPC offers a complete track of regular practice-oriented DPO training and certification courses, a full diploma track on privacy management, conferences and seminars on emerging issues and challenges. A brand new Advanced Master in Privacy, Cybersecurity, Data Management and Leadership will prepare the managers of today for the challenges of tomorrow.

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 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.

Network on Privacy-Aware Audio- and Video-Based Applications for Active and Assisted Living is a project supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). The aim of GoodBrother is to increase the awareness on the ethical, legal, and privacy issues associated to audio- and video-based monitoring and to propose privacy-aware working solutions for assisted living, by creating an interdisciplinary community of researchers and industrial partners from different fields (computing, engineering, healthcare, law, sociology) and other stakeholders (users, policy makers, public services), stimulating new research and innovation. GoodBrother currently incorporates more than 100 experts from 41 countries.

The research programme Governance of Data-Driven Innovation and Cyber Security is aiming to rethink our understanding of data infrastructures, data ownership and data flows, as well as our approaches to data protection and cybersecurity, privacy, personal freedom and political participation in a globalised digital society. Central to the research programme is the study of the potential and risks of data-driven innovation. This includes understanding the implications of the changes for governance structures and processes at large. The programme is structured in three thematic priorities: data, actors, infrastructures.

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) is a leading consensus-building organization that nurtures, develops, and advances global technologies. Providing a neutral and open platform to empower innovators across borders and disciplines, IEEE SA facilitates standards development and standards-related solutions, such as technology incubation, alliance consortia formation, open-source, etc. With thought leaders in more than 160 countries, we enable the collaborative exploration of emerging technologies, the identification of existing challenges and opportunities, and the development of recommendations, solutions, and technology standards that solve market-relevant problems. Collectively, we are raising the standards that benefit industry and humanity; making technology better, safer, and more sustainable for the future.

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 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 400 researchers from all over the world working on highly innovative collaborative projects with industry and the public sector.

ICCL has been at the forefront of every major rights advance in Irish society for over 40 years. We helped legalise homosexuality, divorce, and contraception. We drove police reform, defending suspects' rights during dark times. ICCL is a membership organisation and is independent of government.

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.

Mandat International is a foundation and non-profit organization with special consultative status to the UN. It aims at promoting international dialogue and cooperation. It supports international cooperation in the research domain and is actively engaged in research itself through European research projects. It focuses more specifically on the interplay between emerging technologies, international law, and sustainable development. It currently supports several research projects on data protection and privacy by design. The foundation stands for academic freedom and independence from any political or religious interference.

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.

Open Future is a think tank that develops new approaches to an open internet that maximize societal benefits of shared data, knowledge and culture. We shape today’s digital policies with tomorrow’s challenges in mind. We put our knowledge and experience to work along EU institutions and civil society to ensure that the principle of openness is reflected in the European Union’s digital policy framework.

PIMCity is a European initiative that aims to develop citizen-centric models of exploitation and use of personal data in which citizens are in control of their data, participate in the benefits it generates and know how it is used. The new data ecosystem is based on a market where stakeholders collect and sell personal information. Nowadays, user expect stronger guarantees of transparency and privacy. With the PIMCity, we offer an open-source Development Kit for building Personal Information Management Systems to foster the development of open and user-centric data markets.

PROTEIN is a research initiative led by a consortium of European public- and private-sector organizations working to promote health and wellbeing. By bringing together experts from across Europe, PROTEIN will develop tools using the latest communications technologies and machine learning strategies to provide personalized nutrition and physical activity support to EU citizens. PROTEIN has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 817732.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) represents national medical associations across Europe. We are committed to contributing the medical profession’s point of view to EU and European policy-making through pro-active cooperation on a wide range of health and healthcare related issues. • We believe the best possible quality of health and access to healthcare should be a reality for everyone. • We see the patient-doctor relationship as fundamental in achieving these objectives. • We are committed to interdisciplinary cooperation among doctors and with other health professions. • We strongly advocate a ‘health in all policies’ approach to encourage cross-sectorial awareness for and action on the determinants of health.

Ditchley brings people together to think new things and make new connections. We work to renew democratic societies, states and alliances by orchestrating conversations across divides and creating space for strategic thinking. Combining cutting edge technology with the evocative history of Ditchley Park, our programme includes: • Ditchley conferences which explore combinations of deep challenges. • Confidential backchannel or track two talks. • Many smaller scale informal discussions. • A rolling programme of calls to help frame our discussions and gather recommendations on new people to include. • Publication of reports of our discussions when appropriate. • Events with leading figures to help inspire new thinking. • An internship programme and alumni group to foster new talent.

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 Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) was launched in September 1998. TACD is a forum of U.S. and EU consumer organisations which develops and agrees on joint consumer policy recommendations to the U.S. government and European Union to promote the consumer interest in EU and U.S. policy making. TACD champions the consumer perspective in transatlantic decision making. It is our mission to ensure that EU-U.S. policy dialogue promotes consumer welfare on both sides of the Atlantic and is well informed about the implications of policy decisions on consumers.

The University of Amsterdam is ambitious, creative and committed: a leader in international science and a partner in innovation, the UvA has been inspiring generations since 1632.

At the University of Twente, we are pioneers in fusing technology, science and engineering with social sciences to impact the world around us. Our driving force as students, scientists and educators is a deep sense of connection with people who share a curious, entrepreneurial spirit. The project "BRIdging Data in the Built Environment" (BRIDE) is funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and part of the "Emerging Technologies & Societal Transformations" research theme of UT's Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS).

The Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law was founded in 2017 at the University of Vienna's Law School. We deal with a wide range of legal questions concerning the modern media and information society from a European perspective. The Department focuses on information technology and intellectual property law, with a special interest in privacy/data protection and copyright law. Another area of research is e-commerce and consumer protection law as well as Legal Tech. We are convinced that an adequate answer to legal, ethical and social questions arising with the development of technology requires an interdisciplinary approach.

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC), France, gathers seven higher-education and research institutions. UBFC currently hosts more than 60,000 students and 8,800 staff. It spreads across 13 sites distributed in the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region, and offers a multidisciplinary, high-quality training, in link with research in recognised specialisation fields and in agreement with territorial economy and culture. The four urban centres: Dijon Métropole, Grand Besançon Métropole, Pôle métropolitain Nord Franche-Comté, and Sud Bourgogne, are at the origin of the strong industrial culture of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, and offer great economic specificities, namely the agri-food industry, micro-techniques, energy, and mobility.

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. The Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics is a multi-disciplinary research environment with senior and junior staff from ethics, philosophy, medicine, nursing, law and other fields. Investigating the ethical, philosophical and legal aspects of biomedical research and clinical practice and publishing the results of our research in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and in books.

The VUB Chair in Surveillance Studies aims to stimulate interdisciplinary research through scientific cooperation in- and outside of Belgium. Coordinated by Professor Dr. Rosamunde van Brakel, a team doctoral researchers promotes original research on surveillance and its subsequent dissemination through publications, participation in international conferences and policy events.

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.

VALKYRIES “Harmonization and Pre-Standardization of Equipment, Training and Tactical Coordinated procedures for First Aid Vehicles deployment on European multi-victim Disasters” is a H2020 Project, coordinated by INDRA (ES), aiming to develop, integrate and demonstrate capabilities for enabling immediate and coordinated emergency response including search and rescue, security and health, in scenarios of natural/provoked catastrophes with multiple victims. The ethical-legal issues emerging from the project are coordinated by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy).

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.