Press release: 6th annual Privacy Camp takes place on 23 January 2018

Tomorrow, on 23 January 2018, Privacy Camp brings together civil society, policy-makers and academia to discuss problems for human rights in the digital environment. In the face of what some have noted as a “shrinking civic space” for collective action, the event provides a platform for experts from across these domains to discuss and develop shared principles to address key challenges for digital rights and freedoms.

Themed “Speech, settings and [in]security by design”, the one-day conference at the Saint-Louis University in Brussels features panel discussions and privacy workshops led by experts in the fields of privacy, surveillance and human rights advocacy. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws privacy activists, civil society representatives, public servants and academia of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in improving privacy and security in communications and work towards the respect of human rights in the digital environment.

This year, Privacy Camp also features the “Civil Society Summit” of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

Among others, speakers of the Privacy Camp 2018 are Giovanni Buttarelli, Wojciech Wiewiorowski, Fanny Hidvegi, Glyn Moody, Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Juraj Sajfert, Marc Rotenberg. The full programme can be accessed here.

Post-camp Party, Tuesday 23/1 from 7pm onwards

All good things must come to an end. But not all things end quite as dramatically and with as much suspense as this year’s PrivacyCamp!

Join our post-camp party at Smouss Bar! There will be complimentary snacks, free drinks (for those with a conference badge, so remember to register to get yours) and, most importantly, our legendary “Big Fat PrivacyCamp Quiz of 2018”.

Here are the directions for getting from the conference to the after-party (by foot, 18 mins):

From 19:00 onwards
at Smouss Café
112 Rue du Marché au Charbon
1000 Bruxelles

Draft programme published

We’re happy to announce the publication of the draft programme for our upcoming Privacy Camp 2018 (hashtag #PrivacyCamp18). The print version of the programme (pdf) with a full description of all panels can be downloaded here.

You can find it here and below.

This year, we will also have two additional surprises for you: An Open Internet Privacy Bar where privacy cocktails will be served to you by the Privacy Training Center and an official after-party (with a quiz & real cocktails). Stay tuned for more details!

Draft programme

Rooms: Auditorium 3 & 4, Salle du Conseil

Time Session
09:30-10:00 Coffee
10:00-10:15 Welcome
10:30-12:00 Session 1: EDPS-CSO summit
Session 2: Networking space
Session 3: Digital Privacy – low and high hanging fruits, and how to pick them
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-14:30 Session 1: Round-table: Government hacking in different national contexts & strategies for challenging surveillance
Session 2: From “old” filter bubbles to political microtargeting
14:30-14:45 Coffee break
14:45-16:00 Session 1: Government hacking: Exchange with policy-makers
Session 2: Investigating algorithmic systems: Algorithm auditing
16:00-16:15 Coffee break
16:15-17:45 Session 1: Strip searching the internet
Session 2: The use of AI by public authorities
17:45-17:50 Closing

Open Internet Privacy Bar

During the conference, the Open Internet Privacy Bar will offer the following workshops:

Time Workshop Room
14:30-15:30 Privacy and security in the blender: How to better protect your digital life (offered by Privacy Training Center); Q&A Foyer
16:30-17:30 The Data Protection Laws (GDPR) to intensify the privacy & security cocktail: understanding the data protection rights offered by the GDPR to empower individuals to use and practice privacy (offered by Privacy Algebra); Q&A Foyer

After-party

The after-party will take place in Smouss Bar, from 19:00 onwards. Entry only with a conference badge!
Address: 112 Rue du Marché au Charbon – 1000 Bruxelles

Privacy camp 2018: Registrations now open

Registration for the Privacy Camp is now open! If you want to attend the event, please

send an email to registrations(at)edri.org

including your first and last name. If you want to register friends and colleagues, please also include their names.

Make sure to register as soon as possible as places are limited for this free event! A first draft of the programme is following soon.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Privacy Camp 2018: Speech, settings and [in]security by design

Join us for the 6th annual Privacy Camp! Privacy Camp will take place on 23 January 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, just before the start of the CPDP conference. Privacy Camp brings together civil society, policy-makers and academia to discuss existing and looming problems for human rights in the digital environment. In the face of a “shrinking civic space” for collective action, the event aims to provide a platform for actors from across these domains to discuss and develop shared principles to address key challenges for digital rights and freedoms of individuals.

Our theme this year is “speech, settings and [in]security by design”. The event will feature two main tracks. The first will discuss the challenges to freedom of speech online and the potential of a digital public sphere and the second track will focus on the security of devices and infrastructure. Altogether, these two tracks will explore whether we can collectively design better data infrastructures and information architecture. Participate!

The first track will focus on the challenging dynamics that we have been facing as we imagine a democratic digital public sphere. The topics covered will include the privacy-invasive measures to censor legitimate speech online as well as the role that algorithms play in curation and governance with sessions on algorithmic decision-making, accountability, fake news and the spread of propaganda.

The second track will include sessions on state hacking and malware, law enforcement access to user data (so-called “e-evidence”) and device security. It will also include hands-on tutorials on how to protect your communications better.

This year, Privacy Camp will also feature the “civil society summit” of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) with opening remarks by Giovanni Buttarelli.

The event is co-organised by European Digital Rights (EDRi), Privacy Salon, USL-B Institute for European Studies and VUB-LSTS. Participation is free. Registrations will open in early December.

Participate!

We invite you to propose a panel for one of these two tracks:

Track 01 re-imagining the digital public sphere
Topics: #uploadfilters #censorship #algorithms #automation #accountability #fakenews #hackingelections #filterbubbles #propaganda

Track 02 [in]security of devices
Topics: #statehacking #encryption #surveillance #statemalware #Eevidence #security

When submitting your proposal:

  • Indicate a clear objective for your session: What would be a good outcome for you?
  • Indicate other speakers that could participate in your panel (and let us know which speaker has already confirmed, at least in principle, to participate).
  • Make it as participative as possible, think about how to include the audience and diverse actors as much as possible.
  • Send us a description of no more than 500 words.
  • Deadline for submissions is 20 November.

After the deadline, we will review your submission and let you know by 6 December whether your panel can be included in the programme. It is possible that we suggest to merge proposals if they are very similar.

Please send your proposal via email to Maren <edri.intern3(at)edri(dot)org>!

If you have questions, please contact Kirsten <kirsten.fiedler(at)edri(dot)org> or Imge <imge.ozcan(at)vub(dot)be>.

Privacy camp 2017: Registrations now open

Registration for the Privacy Camp is now open! If you want to attend the event, please

send an email to registrations(at)edri.org

including your first and last name. If you want to register friends and colleagues, please also include their names.

Make sure to register as soon as possible as places are limited for this free event! A first draft of the programme is following soon.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

privacycamp2017_registrations_now_open

Privacy Camp 2017: Call for submissions

Join us for the 5th annual Privacy Camp! Held every January just before the start of the CPDP conference, the camp brings together civil society, policy-makers and academia to discuss existing and looming problems for human rights in the digital environment. As every year, the event is co-organised by EDRi, Privacy Salon, USL-B and VUB-LSTS.

When: 24 January 2017, 9am – 5.30pm
Where: Université Saint-Louis, 119 rue du Marais, 1000 Brussels, Rooms 2200 and 2300

Participate!

Who controls (your) data, who controls the machines? These questions are at the very center of the debates surrounding the pending adoption of important EU-wide legislation, such as the review of the ePrivacy Directive, the smart borders package, the draft Regulation on dual-use goods and the latest filtering proposals in the draft copyright Directive.

We invite you to propose a panel for one of these two tracks:

Track 01 controlling data
Topics: #metadata #onlinetracking #export #surveillance #accountability #UploadFilters

Track 02 controlling machines
Topics: #IoT #InternetOfThings #algorithms #wearables #sharingeconomy #AI

Some things to keep in mind when submitting your proposal:

  • indicate a clear objective for your session: what would be a good outcome for you?
  • indicate other speakers that could participate in your panel (and invite them)
  • make it as participative as possible, think about how to include the audience as much as possible
  • send us a max 500 word description of your session.

How to submit:
1. Send your proposal to Imge: imge.ozcan (at) vub.ac.be before 23 November 2016.
2. After the deadline, we will review your submission and let you know by 6 December 2016.
3. The draft programme is scheduled to be announced in the first week of January 2017.

Please note that it is possible that we suggest to merge proposals if they are very similar.