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THE MOST WOW! MEETING VENUE IN BRUSSELS AREA 42 offers an experience in an “out of the box” meeting venue set in an inspiring chic and cozy location designed by a team of contemporary artists. With its dedicated original works, its designer furniture, its exclusive prototypes, its rare and prestigious materials, the venue has its own truly unique identity.

BBMRI-ERIC is a distributed research infrastructure for biobanks and biomolecular resources and consists of 19 Member States and one International Organisation. BBMRI-ERIC aims to establish, operate and develop a pan-European distributed research infrastructure of biobanks and biomolecular resources in order to facilitate the access to resources as well as facilities and to support high quality biomolecular and medical research. BBMRI-ERIC operates on a non-economic basis. The activities of BBMRI-ERIC are politically neutral and guided by the following values: pan-European in scope, combined with scientific excellence, transparency, openness, responsiveness, ethical awareness, legal compliance and human values.

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.

Cyber-Trust | Advanced Cyber-Threat Intelligence, Detection, and Mitigation Platform for a Trusted Internet of Things is a 36-month long research project (May 2018-April 2021) in the Digital Security Focus Area, co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union, under the Grant Agreement no. 786698. Its principal goal is to revolutionise the way cyber-security systems are built and operate. By establishing an innovative cyber-threat intelligence gathering, detection, and mitigation platform, as well as, by performing high quality interdisciplinary research in critical areas, the Cyber-Trust project aims to develop novel technologies and concepts to tackle the grand challenges towards securing the ecosystem of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It is structured around three pillars: a. key proactive cyberthreat intelligence technologies, b. AI-powered cyber-attack detection and mitigation techniques, and c. distributed ledger technologies. Cyber-Trust is coordinated by the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) and consists of eight other partners from business, academia and tech.

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 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 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 – start 2020.

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 Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is a cultural institute based in Brussels. It was founded in 1993 and its scope of operations covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The Institute is one of the 17 Finnish cultural and science institutes. It is an independent, non-profit organisation funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture as well as various public and private funds. The Institute is maintained by the Foundation for the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.

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.

Hangar is a centre for art research and production, offering support to artists. Hangar’s mission is to support artists and creators during the different phases of their art production processes as well as to contribute to the best development of their projects. For doing so, Hangar facilitates them equipments, facilities, production assistance and a suitable context for experimentation and free knowledge transfer. The centre offers an array of services and a framework that allows for the research and development of art productions in their entirety, or partially. Hangar follows up on the results by including the projects in various networks and platforms, or by detecting possibilities for their incorporation within other fields.

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is the German Green Political Foundation. Fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through conflict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power – these are the objectives that drive the ideas and actions of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

ICDS is an interdisciplinary research initiative at the University of Amsterdam, looking at the way AI and algorithms affect the role, impact and regulation of information and communication in the data society. Information and communication technology plays a central role in constituting societal practices and realizing democratic values and fundamental rights. AI and algorithms change established modes of communication deeply and profoundly, and the role that information (data) plays in our society – as a source of knowledge, power and governance. ICDS is a joint research initiative between the Amsterdam School of Communication Research and the Institute for Information Law.

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.

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 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.

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.

Law & Innovation is an academic spin-off from the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society specialising in the development of outside-the-box solutions for complex legal problems. The main conceptual starting point of Law & Innovation is to understand the law as an enabler of innovation (and not its disabler). Law & Innovation develops, in particular, data protection by design solutions, certificates as well as codes of conduct.

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 Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL) at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, is the second-oldest academic institution in the world focusing specifically on the interrelationship of law and information and communication technology. NRCCL's main areas of research are data protection, information security, Internet governance, legal technology, electronic commerce, eGovernment, and media law.

Open Rights Group protects the digital rights of people in the UK including privacy and free speech online.

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).

PANELFIT is an EU Horizon 2020 project dealing with changes in the regulation of ICT research and innovation. It is expected that stakeholders, policy makers, and end users adapt to them as soon as possible. This, however, might be hard, especially for SMEs. PANELFIT aims at facilitating this adaptation process by producing a set of editable, open access Guidelines, validated by two data protection agencies. Once produced, they will serve as operational standards able to reduce the ethical and legal issues posed by ICT technologies while promoting innovation and market growth, enabling high-quality job creation and ensuring an adequate level of privacy and security/cybersecurity.

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.

Renew Europe is the third largest political group in the European Parliament. It constitutes a group of pro-European liberal and progressive forces that aims to strengthen European cooperation and defend the values on which the European Union is built.

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.

The STAR II project supports DPAs and SMEs in the GDPR compliance efforts by running an awareness-raising campaign for SMEs and a trial hotline (12 months) to respond to SMEs’ questions. On the experience gathered during the trial hotline, STARII will prepare a digital guidance for DPAs on good practices in running a hotline and raising SME awareness raising campaigns, and a FAQ-based handbook for SMEs on compliance with the EU data protection law.

SSSA is a special Italian university (Grande École) devoted to applied sciences: Law, Industrial and Information Engineering, Medicine, Economics and Management, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Plant Biotechnology. Its LIDER-Lab has a long tradition of theoretical and empirical legal research, training and consulting. Combining academic and professional expertise, LIDER-Lab’s main activities revolve around selected research areas, methodologically coalescing in a cross-field approach attentive also to policy implications. Law and technologies, data protection, IP, EU law, Insurance, civil liability, and ethics compliance in research projects are just a few examples of LIDER-Lab's main domains of activity.

When it refers to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)’s application, Micro-enterprises (MEnts) are the most vulnerable due to their lack of expertise and resources to invest in their adoption. SMOOTH project addresses the challenge of developing solutions to assist MEnts in adapting the GDPR from two complementary focuses on creating awareness on the importance of being compliant with the GDPR and it also focuses on assisting MEnts to effectively adopt and comply with the GDPR. The SMOOTH cloud platform will use machine learning, text and data mining, and advance online auditing methods to automatically create a bespoke GDPR compliance report for the most critical aspects to MEnts.

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

The VUB Chair “Data Protection On the Ground” promotes the investigation into actual practices of data privacy in organizations and the dissemination of best practices. The focus of its research is on developments in four sectors: smart cities, health, media, and banking. In lectures, workshops, roundtables and other events, the Chair brings experts and practitioners together to stimulate the discussion of best practices. The Chair is coordinated by the research center imec-SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation & Technology) in collaboration with the research group LSTS (Law, Science Technology & Society), and supported by BNP Paribas Fortis.

about:intel is a pan-European forum for intelligence, technology, and democracy based at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin. We publish insider reports & opinion pieces by experts working for intelligence agencies, oversight bodies, civil liberty groups, industry & universities. Subject areas include European security, intelligence cooperation & oversight, public engagement, surveillance technology export controls, AI-enabled technologies, policing, migration, among many other topics. We are convinced that only a pluralistic conversation on how technology shapes and will continue to shape democratic security policy will help create the kind of wider European community from which we all stand to benefit.