Event Partners

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

5Rights has a vision of a digital world that children can access knowledgeably, creatively, and fearlessly. Since 2012, 5Rights has been at the forefront of delivering practical change for children – pioneering research, global policy, enforceable regulation, guidance and technical standards for innovators and designers. 5Rights creates innovative frameworks, challenges received narratives and ensures that children's rights and needs are recognised and prioritised in the digital world. We work with governments, inter-governmental institutions, civil society, academics, businesses, and children, so that digital products and services can impact positively on the lived experiences of young people.

ADAPT is the world-leading SFI research centre for Digital Media Technology and AI hosted by Trinity College Dublin. ADAPT's partner institutions include Dublin City University, University College Dublin, Technological University Dublin, Maynooth University, Munster Technological University, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest, and the National University of Ireland Galway. ADAPT's research vision is to pioneer new forms of proactive, scalable, and integrated AI-driven Digital Content Technology that empower individuals and society to engage in digital experiences with control, inclusion, and accountability with the long term goal of a balanced digital society.

The research program investigates the continuously evolving articulations of law, technology, ethics and politics. EU data protection law is taken as a starting point, more concretely the landscape delineated by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This forms the common focus of three intersecting Research Lines (RL), and a transversal Research Line. The first RL investigates the nature of automation as a matter of compliance with the GDPR, focusing on legal provisions that lend themselves to automation and to technical and legal interpretability issues. The second RL has progressively re-centred on exploring how presumably obsolete (legal) borders still operate and determine the regulation of (personal) data in the EU. The third RL explores the increasing role of ethics in European privacy and data protection, and how this affects the complex articulations of law and other practices in democratic constitutional states. Based on these three research lines, a fourth transversal RL studies the role of law and the way it transforms and evolves, defining society’s capacity to constantly re-constitute itself (RL4).

ANEC is the European consumer voice in standardisation. We represent the collective European consumer interest in the creation and use of technical standards, especially those developed to support the implementation of European laws and public policies. An international non-profit association established under Belgian law, ANEC has its central secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. We are recognised by the European Commission and EFTA Secretariat, and are members of numerous expert groups, including the EC High-Level Forum on Standardisation. ANEC is grateful to the European AI & Society Fund for support to host the CPDP 2024 panel.

As the national coordinating supervisor on algorithms and AI, the Department for the Coordination of Algorithmic Oversight (DCA) of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) has a three-pronged strategy to contribute to more responsible use of of AI and algorithms in The Netherlands. First, the authority monitors the risks and effects of the use of algorithms and AI on public values and fundamental rights in the Netherlands. Second, the authority enhances cooperation between regulators. Third, the authority contributes to the development of policy and guidance related to algorithmic and AI risks.

Algorithm Audit is a European knowledge platform for AI bias testing and normative AI standards. The focus of the civil society organisation is three-pronged: 1) Forming diverse, independent normative advice commissions that advise on ethical issues emerging in real world use cases, resulting over time in algoprudence; 2) Technical tools: Implementing and testing technical tools for bias detection and bias mitigation, such as our bias detection tool and synthetic data generation; 3) Knowledge platform: Bringing together experts and knowledge to foster the collective learning process on the responsible use of algorithms, for instance our AI Policy Observatory and position papers.

AlgorithmWatch is a non-profit research and advocacy organization that is committed to watch, unpack and, analyze algorithmic/automated decision-making (ADM) systems and their impact on society. We enable citizens to better understand ADM systems and develop ways to achieve democratic governance of these processes – with a mix of technologies, regulation, and suitable oversight institutions. With this, we strive to contribute to a fair and inclusive society and to maximize the benefit of ADM systems for society at large.

Public Values in the Algorithmic Society (AlgoSoc) is an interdisciplinary research program which responds to the urgent need for an informed societal perspective on automation and automated decision-making. Grounded in a deep understanding of the systemic changes that automated decision-making systems imply for core public institutions, for society, and for how public values are realized, AlgoSoc develops solutions for the design of governance frameworks needed to complement technology-driven initiatives in the algorithmic society. AlgoSoc is a Dutch government funded collaboration between the universities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft, Utrecht and Tilburg, integrating expertise from law, computer science, the humanities and social sciences.

ARTICLE 19 is an international think–do organisation that propels the freedom of expression movement locally and globally to ensure all people realise the power of their voices. Together with partners, we develop cutting-edge research and legal and policy analysis to drive change worldwide, lead work on the frontlines of expression through our nine regional hubs, and propel change by sparking innovation in the global freedom of expression movement. We do this by working on five key themes: promoting media independence, increasing access to information, protecting journalists, expanding civic space, and placing human rights at the heart of developing digital spaces.

BEUC is the Brussels-based umbrella group for 45 consumer organisations from 31 countries. Our main role is to represent them to the EU institutions and defend the interests of European consumers. Our work involves making sure the EU takes policy decisions that improve the lives of consumers. This covers a range of topics including competition, consumer rights, digital rights, enforcement, financial services, health, sustainability and trade policy. We were founded in 1962 by consumer groups from six European countries. Nowadays our members are from all 27 EU Member States as well as Iceland, North Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.

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 Centre for Business Information Ethics is a research centre at Meiji University in Tokyo. We research the implications of computer and communications technology for society including legal and ethical issues. Our recent and current projects include: the social acceptability of implantable physical/intellectual enhancement technology; AI in manufacturing and its potential impact on employment; usable security and privacy; film studies and security; film studies and surveillance.

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.

In the digital world, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) regulates personal data. It assists professionals in achieving compliance, enforces data protection regulations and helps individuals to control their personal data and exercise their rights. It analyses the impact of new technologies on privacy. As part of its mission to inform the public and protect rights, support compliance, understand business models, anticipate and innovate, the CNIL offers a range of content devoted to AI with the objective of fostering legal certainty.

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 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.

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.

Data School As a platform within Utrecht University, we promote knowledge development on the role of data and AI in society, actively contributing to accountability and ethical practices. We connect social and cultural sectors with the university, providing development opportunities for both students and professionals. In this, we guarantee our independence and autonomy and are committed to a just and inclusive digital world.

The Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens is the Dutch Data Protection Authority. The Dutch Data Protection Authority is the independent regulator in the Netherlands that supervises the processing of personal data. The tasks and powers of the Dutch DPA follow from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Dutch Implementation Act of the GDPR, the Police Data Act, the Judicial Information and Criminal Records Act, the Electoral Act, and the Personal Records Database Act.

ENCRYPT, a Horizon Europe – Work Programme 2021-2027 funded project, develops a scalable, practical, adaptable privacy preserving framework, allowing researchers and developers to process data stored in federated cross-border data spaces in a GDPR compliant way. In view of the unprecedented spread of AI systems, large-scale processing of data has become a key feature of the digital economy. ENCRYPT aims to promote privacy-preserving technologies for federated processing of personal data and their integration in real-world systems, while supporting more user-friendly solutions for privacy-preserving processing of federated personal data and improving privacy-preserving technologies for cyber threat intelligence and data sharing solutions.

The Europol Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN) is a collaboration platform on topics linked to data protection and cybersecurity in a law enforcement context. EDEN aims at involving stakeholders from various backgrounds and is an excellent channel to share law enforcement data protection knowledge, best practices and events. The EDEN Conference is organised on a yearly basis gathering highly inspiring speakers and hundreds of participants from various sectors including law enforcement, the data protection community, private industries, NGOs, academia, the legislator and others interested in topics relating to law enforcement and data protection as well as cybersecurity. EDEN conferences have been considered by participants as the only larger-scale event of the year focussing on the right to data protection in a law enforcement context. The next conference will take place on 16-17 September 2024 at Europol HQ in The Hague, The Netherlands. Furthermore, EDEN is honoured ever since 2020 to host a panel at CPDP as Europe’s biggest privacy related event well-known across the globe.

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. Through knowledge sharing, capacity building and awareness raising, the Agency works together with its key stakeholders to strengthen trust in the connected economy, to boost resilience of the Union's infrastructure, and, ultimately, to keep Europe's society and citizens digitally secure. More information under www.enisa.europa.eu.

The European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency (ECAT) was launched in 2023 as part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, managed in close collaboration with DG Connect. ECAT’s purpose is to provide scientific and technical expertise to support the enforcement of the Digital Services Act and research the impact of algorithmic systems deployed by online platforms and search engines.

The EDRi network is a dynamic and resilient collective of 50+ NGOs, experts, advocates and academics working to defend and advance digital rights across the continent. For 20+ years, it has served as the backbone of the digital rights movement and has achieved landmark successes in digital rights in Europe. EDRi‘s mission is to challenge private and state actors who abuse their power to control or manipulate the public. We do so by advocating for robust and enforced laws, informing and mobilising people, promoting a healthy and accountable technology market, and building a movement of organisations and individuals committed to digital rights and freedoms in a connected world.

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.

FINDHR is an EU-funded research project and stands for Fairness and Intersectional Non-Discrimination in Human Recommendation. Considering technological, legal, and ethical aspects, FINDHR aims to detect and mitigate discrimination in algorithmic hiring. Algorithmic hiring is the usage of tools based on Artificial intelligence (AI) for finding and selecting job candidates. As with other AI applications, there is a risk of unfair discrimination. The project involves a collaboration of 12 partners, including academic institutions: Radboud University, University of Amsterdam, University of Pisa, Utrecht University, Pompeu Fabra University, and several organizations: Praksis, WIDE+, Randstad, Adevinta, Eticas, and AlgorithmWatch CH. https://findhr.eu

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies.

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.

Established in 2002, Lexxion is 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, substance and environmental law. As well as producing journals, books and blogs, the publisher also hosts conferences, trainings and seminars for legal professionals, academics and policy makers. Since 2015, Lexxion has published EDPL, the now leading journal in European data protection law. The peer-reviewed journal reports on key legislative developments and addresses relevant legal, regulatory, and administrative progresses in EU Member States and institutions.

The Chair on Legal and Regulatory Implications of AI (AI-Regulation.com) has been chosen by an international panel of experts to form part of the Multidisciplinary Institute on Artificial Intelligence (MIAI) at the Université Grenoble Alpes (France), following a competitive selection process commissioned by the French Government. Our focus lies in exploring regulatory frameworks fostering sustainable AI progress while addressing data protection and other legal issues. Delving into 8 key domains including AI regulation and governance, facial recognition, and AI and security, we seek comprehensive solutions. Comprising law, economics, and computer science specialists, our team specialises in data protection, cybersecurity and AI.

Project LegRes – National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity ATHENE. The project "Legal Framework for Offensive Cyber Security Research" addresses legal challenges faced by (offensive) cybersecurity researchers, providing guidance and recommendations. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, it aims to bolster Germany's position in offensive cybersecurity research. ATHENE, Europe’s largest cybersecurity and privacy research center, hosts the LegRes project. It fosters digital transformation to enhance cybersecurity and data protection. Combining non-university and university research, ATHENE innovatively leverages Germany's science system. It operates under the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, with its SIT and IGD institutes, along with TU Darmstadt, Goethe University Frankfurt, and Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

Noyb – European Centre for Digital Rights based in Vienna, Austria. The non-profit association noyb is committed to the legal enforcement of European data protection laws. Since 2018, noyb has filed almost 1000 acses cases against numerous infringements by private actors. noyb is funded by more than 5000 supporting members.

The Open Markets Institute uses research and journalism to expose the dangers of monopolization, identifies changes in policy and law to address them, and educates policymakers, academics, civil society and other influential stakeholders to establish open, competitive markets that support a strong, just, and inclusive democracy. By combining policy, legal, and market structure expertise with sophisticated communications and outreach efforts, Open Markets seeks not only to hold today’s monopolies accountable for abuse of power, but to rebuild an economic system where progress is easier to achieve, because power is far more widely and equitably distributed.

The Data Protection and Privacy Law Department at the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands focuses on the core principles and enforcement of data protection law. It has strong ties with Dutch data protection practices, bridging academic theory with real-world application. The department is notable for offering the Netherlands' only full LLM program solely focused on data protection law, catering to those aiming to specialise in this important legal field.

Panoptykon Foundation is a Polish NGO with a mission to protect fundamental rights in the context of growing surveillance and fast-changing technologies. We consider data a source of power and believe in ‘watching the watchers’: those who collect and use personal data in order to influence people (public authorities, intelligence agencies, corporations). We follow new legislation, develop alternative regulatory solutions and intervene to protect human rights. In our advocacy we address both policymakers and business lobbies. We expose risks related to commercial and public surveillance. Since 2010 we have been an active member of European Digital Rights (EDRi).

The Politecnico di Torino is one of the most prestigious universities in Italy in the field of education, research and technology transfer in all areas of architecture and engineering. The Politecnico attracts students from more than 100 countries and activates about 800 collaborations per year with industry, public institutions and local organisations. The Department of Management and Production Engineering (DIGEP) of the Politecnico di Torino is the reference point for studies on the relationship between industrial production, innovation and the 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.

Privacy in Germany (PinG) is one of the leading German law reviews on matters of data protection and privacy – not merely on the GDPR and on German data protection law but following news and hot topics internationally. PinG is cutting edga and bilingual publishing both German and English articles. The German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein – DAV) is the professional body comprising about 60.000 German lawyers and lawyer-notaries in 253 local bar associations in Germany and abroad. Being politically independent the DAV represents and promotes the professional and economic interests of the German legal profession on German, European and international level.

Quantum Delta NL (QDNL) is a quantum technology ecosystem in the Netherlands that strives to create significant societal impact through technological advancements. It connects people in the quantum field and beyond. QDNL ecosystem is built around three catalyst programs – quantum computing and simulation, national quantum network, and quantum sensing applications. The Centre for Quantum and Society (CQS) is part of the QDNL action line on the legal, ethical, and societal aspects of quantum technologies. CQS is a knowledge and co-creation centre dedicated to informing the broader quantum community about these aspects and maximizing the positive impact of quantum technologies on society while addressing their potential negative effects.

Stiftung Datenschutz (Foundation for Data Protection) was established by the German Federal Government in 2013. The non-profit foundation offers a neutral forum for debates around effective and efficient data protection rules. Acting independently in the field of data privacy, Stiftung Datenschutz links politics and the public, academics and business. It complements existing organizations and initiatives while liaising closely with German data protection authorities on state and federal levels. It discusses proposals for improving GDPR while not acting as a research institution, but as an interface between science, business, society and politics.

The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is a research center within the French National Centre for Scientific Research. At the intersection of disciplines such as sociology, law, history, economics, political science, information and communication sciences, informatics and engineering sciences, CIS intends to build independent and interdisciplinary research and expertise. Our research endeavors contribute to enlighten the major technical controversies and the definition of contemporary policies related to data, digital, the internet, and more broadly to informatics. As part of its activities, CIS is also a laboratory for the elaboration and promotion of good practices in digital technology for science.

The Centro Nazionale IoT & Privacy engages in the exploration and promotion of effective data governance frameworks, prioritizing the harmonization of technological advancement with stringent data protection standards. It champions the cause of ethical data utilization, emphasizing the importance of robust privacy laws and the roles of Data Practitioners in guiding organizations towards compliance and innovation. By facilitating dialogue across sectors, including legal, technological, and civil society, the Centro seeks to advance an understanding of how data governance can drive inclusive and sustainable urban development. Its commitment to fostering cross-sector collaborations underscores the imperative for transparent and accountable data practices.

The International Center for Future Generations (ICFG.eu) is a think tank dedicated to shaping a future where decision-makers anticipate and responsibly govern the societal impacts of rapid technological change, ensuring that emerging technologies are harnessed to serve the best interests of humanity.

As an interdisciplinary research centre, the Nordic Centre for Internet and Society, at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, combines a wide range of disciplines and methodologies to understand the impact of emerging Internet technologies on working life and society.

The University of the Basque Country is a vibrant 30-year-old institution with 30 Faculties and University Schools, 50,000 students, 5,000 world-class academic staff and state-of-the-art facilities, located at the campuses of Araba, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa.

Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH) promotes the renewal of content and methodology in the research fields in social sciences and humanities, with a special emphasis on the challenges of the rapidly emerging data-intensive society. The institute also supports multidisciplinary and inspiring research collaboration between research groups of SSH faculties of the University of Helsinki and with partners outside the university. The University of Helsinki is Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution and an innovative centre of science and thinking. Since 1640, we have contributed to the establishment of a fair and equal society that is considered one of the best in the world. Today, our multidisciplinary academic community solves problems that affect us all – with the power of knowledge, for the world.

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.

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.