As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Gada for the civic-engagement in the digital age project, we participated in the Connected Life 2016 conference that was held at the Oxford Internet Institute on June 20th and 21st. We were particularly interested in this conference because of the deliberate efforts by the (student) organizers to include not only academics but also activists and civic/civil-society NGOs among the speakers and discussion panels. While the first day of the conference consisted of academic talks, the second day was organized around workshops and panel discussions by activist/NGOs.
On June 16th we joined civil society organizations like Privacy International, the European Digital Rights association EDRi and various others for a half-day civil society summit organized by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). On the agenda were a brief overview of the “Big Issues in Privacy and Data Protection in 2016” by Joe MCNamee of EDRi followed by three one-hour sessions on “Implementation of the GDPR, consistency, flexibility, guidelines” introduced by Anna Fielder (Privacy International); “Reform of e-Privacy Directive: What’s at stake?” introduced by Prof. Ian Brown (Oxford Internet Institute); and “Necessity and proportionality and data protection” introduced by Ralf Bendrath (German Working Group on Data Retention and Digitale Gesellschaft).
Connected Life 2016 is a two-day student-run conference dedicated to sparking exchange between disciplines and showcasing emerging Internet research. Bringing together participants from across the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, Connected Life seeks to foster collaborations within and beyond Oxford in pursuit of an enhanced understanding of the Internet and its multifaceted effects.
The theme for this year is Collective Action and the Internet. The Conference explores how the Internet affects collective action; both in big social movements, such as the Arab Spring and the Hong Kong Protests, and in more everyday forms of collaboration. Though other social science research relating to the Internet is most welcome as well
Conference programme is here.
The International Conference held in Strasbourg on 17 June 2016 gathered over a hundred participants, from more than 60 countries, to notably welcome the accession of Mauritius to Convention 108.
Mauritius will become the 49th country to join the Convention. Other will follow soon and the unique forum of exchange and cooperation offered by the Committee of the Convention will continue to expand, and gather more and more countries from all regions of the world.
You missed the event ? Regrettable indeed, but here are some of the highlights of the day :
- Relying on the importance of the Convention, Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, encouraged to “make Convention 108 principles digital and not to water them down”
- Karolina Mojzesowicz from the European Commission recalled that “Convention was the source, the mother of the European EU data protection rules” and that it “was and will remain the key compass in the European and global privacy legal landscape”
- Graham Greenleaf from UNSW Australia spotted the visual spread of Convention 108 : out of the 110 countries in the world with data protection laws, nearly half of them are already members of Convention 108!
- Marc Rotenberg from EPIC recalled how his organization has been calling for the US accession to the Convention and how as part of the 2016 political campaign, it called on people running for public office in the US to support accession as a “common framework, based on law and fundamental rights, is an absolutely essential requirement for our digital age”
- Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to Privacy, recalled that the “Council of Europe spent more than 25 years providing a lead”. So much of a lead that the European Union took it on.
Finally, the Conference also witnessed the deposit of the ratification instrument of Mauritius by Drudeisha Madhub, Privacy Commissioner and the signature of a cooperation agreement between the Data Protection Authorities of Belgium and Tunisia.
Presentations and speeches:
- Joseph A. Cannataci, Convention 108 and Security: perspectives from the UN SR mandate on privacy
- Giovanni Buttarelli, Convention 108 and the EU data protection framework
- Marc Rotenberg, Need for International Privacy Framework
- Cécile de Terwangne, La Convention 108 et le cadre législatif de protection des données de l’UE
- Graham Greenleaf, Accession to Convention 108: benefits and commitments
- Jörg Polakiewicz, Joining Convention 108: when and how?
- Cécile Barayre, Data Protection Regulations and International Data Flows: Implications for Trade and Development
- Jean Chartier, La Convention 108, l’AFAPDP et les perspectives d’avenir
- Chawki Gaddes, Bénéfices et engagements de la Tunisie
- Faustino Varela Monteiro, The Importance of adding Cape Verde to the Convention on Cybercrime and the Convention on Data Protection
- Drudeisha Madhub, Accession to Convention 108
The EDPS (European Data Protection Supervisor) met with civil society organisations to discuss the state of data protection and privacy in the EU. On the agenda this year was the implementation of the GDPR and the directive on data protection rules for the police and criminal justice, the review of the ePrivacy Directive, and developments in case law in the last 12 months, notably Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner and the proposed Privacy Shield agreement.
The meeting took place at the EDPS premises in Brussels from 9.30am-12.30pm. If you have any questions, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘2016 EDPS- Civil Society Summit’ in the subject line, and we will send you further details about the event. The videos of the event are available here.
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The programme of the meeting is available here.
The slides of the presentations that were given are linked below:
- City council
- National parliament outreach
- Regional & national civic NGOs
- Political/activist student societies
- Interested students
10:30 – 11:00 Welcome, registration and opening survey
11:00 – 11:15 Ice-breaker
11:15 – 11:40 What do we understand by civic engagement?
Aims and objectives of the event
What is civic engagement? Some background information
What is civic engagement? Examples from participants
Adopting a definition
11:40 – 12.10 Focus groups: motives, barriers and facilitators of youth civic engagement
Breaking into focus groups and choosing rapporteurs
Focus group discuss key issues/questions
12:10 – 12:20 Coffee break
12:20 – 12:35 Rapporteurs present findings
12:35 – 12-55 Wrap-up session
Discussing the findings
What have we learnt?
What do we do next?
12:55 – 13:00 Closing survey
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and networking at Trent Cafe
Exchanging views and best practices
The European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) is an open multi-stakeholder platform to exchange views about the Internet and how it is governed. Created in 2008 by several organisations, government representatives and experts, it fosters dialogue and collaboration with the Internet community on public policy for the Internet. Culminating in an annual conference that takes place in a different capital city, EuroDIG ‘messages’ are prepared and presented to the UN-led Internet Governance Forum.
EuroDIG is supported by a group of institutional partners, namely the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the European Regional At-Large Organization (EURALO), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Federal Office of Communications of Switzerland (OFCOM) and the Ré- seaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC).
The main aim of EuroDIG is to promote the engagement of Europeans in multistakeholder dialogue in order to share their expertise and best practice and, where possible, identify common ground. This enables EuroDIG to pull together national perspectives and to apply and shape European values and views regarding the Internet.
The programme overview is available here.
“It could have been different” is the quintessential anti-determinist and anti-essentialist mantra of STS. This mantra is a simultaneous reflection on being and becoming, a concern with the past, present and the future. It is a mantra that implicates a care of the possible.
The concern with future(s) is unprecedented and ranges across all scales. Climate change; financial technologies – ‘futures’ – allowing investment on presumptions; and gene tests for diagnosing (the probability) of ailments to appear later in life, are but a few evident examples. Predicting, forecasting, foresighting future(s) is an inextricable part of the present and the role of science and technology in the production as well as the anticipation of the future(s), is paramount. Arguably for the first time in centuries the future looks gloomy, rather than bright.
A concern with future(s) is central to the field of STS. When future(s) are made – not given – as suggested above, how they are made becomes a central and painstaking concern. What constitutes the practices and sociotechnical arrangements of future making? What future(s) follows from our current arrangements, infrastructures and ways of engaging? What diagnosis of the present – what nature(s) – does specific future making practices rest upon? And when future(s) are not entirely up to us and escapes us continuously, how are we disposed? The DASTS 2016 conference committee invites the Danish STS research milieu to engage with the practices of future(s) and future making.
The conference committee invites participants, paper abstracts and track proposals concerned with, but not limited to, future(s). The spirit of the conference is as always inclusive and exploratory. The conference welcomes contributions from scholars at all academic levels that consider themselves affiliated with STS to share and discuss their work. DASTS 2016 is a biennial conference of the Danish Association for Science, Technology and Society Studies.
Thursday the 2nd
|10:00-11:00||Keynote by Isabelle Stengers|
| – Publics, politics and participation – Part I – Room 091
| – Introducing STS and social work – Part I – Room 184
| – Technologies of the self – Part I – Room 192
|13:30-14:30||DASTS General Assembly|
|14:30-14:45||Tea & Coffee|
| – Fabricating STS – Room 091
| – Introducing STS and social work – Part II – Room 184
| – Technologies of the self – Part II – Room 192
|17:00-19:00||Future Lecture by Bruno Latour (registration closed but livestreamed here)|
|19:30-?||Conference dinner at FrüdNo16.|
Friday the 3rd
|9:30-10:30||Keynote by Nikolas Rose|
| – Publics, politics and participation – Part II – Room 091
| – Dreams for the Future – Part I – Room 184
| – Exploring data driven governance assemblages – Part I – Room 192
| – Research practices and knowledge creation – Room 091
| – Dreams for the Future – Part II – Room 184
| – Exploring data driven governance assemblages – Part II – Room 192
|15:00-15:30||Tea & Coffee|
| – Anticipation, Scenario Planning & STS – Room 091
| – Dreams for the Future – Part III – Room 184
| – Future Making – Room 192