By Bogdan

The first tradition of every new year is the Computers, Privacy and Data
Protection Conference (CPDP) which will take place on 22‐24 January 2014
in Brussels, Belgium. Before the official start of the conference, the
annual pre-CPDP event for NGOs will take place on 21 January. It is
co-organised by CPDP, VUB, EDRi, Access & Panoptykon Foundation.

The CPDP will include panels covering all current debates: the data
protection reform in the European Union, PRISM, big data, privacy by
design, cloud computing, biometrics, e‐health and much, much more.
Tickets for this conference are somewhat expensive, but there are
special deals for students and non-profit organisations. It is rather
difficult to chose among the many interesting sessions, here are just a
few panels which are of particular importance to digital rights:

Day 01 – 22 January

8.45 at La Cave – The Constitutionality of Data Retention: Discussing
the case before the ECJ, Chair Simon Davies, Independent Privacy
Advocate (UK)

10.30 at La Maison des Arts – Hackers: Defenders or Enemies of Privacy?
Chair Michael Nagenborg, University of Twente (NL), Moderator Michael
Dizon, University of Tilburg (NL), Panel Tim Jordan, Kings College
London (UK), Bert-Jaap Koops, University of Tilburg (NL), Saskia Sell,
Freie Universitaet Berlin (DE), representative from the hacker community

14.00 at La Maison des Arts – Access Rights : Regaining Control over
Personal Data, Chair Antonella Galetta, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE),
Moderator Xavier L’hoiry, University of Sheffield (UK), Panel David
Lenaerts, Deloitte (BE), Bernhard Rieder, University of Amsterdam (NL),
Steve Wood, Information Commissioner’s Office (UK), Rejo Zenger, Bits of
Freedom (NL)

15.30 at Grande Halle – Internet Governance for (privacy experts)
beginners, Chair Lee Bygrave, University of Oslo (NO), Moderator Ben
Wagner, University of Pennsylvania (US), Panel Pat Walshe, GSMA (UK),
Christine Runnegar, Internet Society (CH), Meryem Marzouki, Centre
National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR), Sophie Kwasny, Council of
Europe (FR)

19.30 – Debate – The information society (at deBuren, Leopoldstraat 6,
1000 Brussels), with Marietje Schaake MEP and Stef van Grieken

Day 02 – Thursday, 23 January

14.00 at Grande Halle – Privacy and Online Behavioural Advertising: How
to comply? Chair Karim Lesina, AT&T (US), Moderator Kenneth Parnham,
TRUSTe (UK), Panel Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute (UK), Anna
Buchta, EDPS (EU), Walter van Holst, Vrijschrift (NL), Tanguy Van
Overstraeten, Linklaters (BE)

14.00 at La Cave – (Distributive) Justice vs. Privacy – the uneasy
tradeoff in copyright debates Chair tbc, Moderator Balázs Bodó, IViR
(NL), Panel Erwin Angad-Gaur, Dutch Musicians’ Union (NL), Peter
Bradwell, Open Rights Group (UK), Kristina Irion, IViR (NL), Philippe
Laurent, Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners (BE), Michael Weller,
lawyer, Cultural Commons Collecting Society (DE)

18.45 at Grande Halle – EPIC International Champion of Freedom Award
and reception sponsored by EPIC

Day 03 – Friday 24 January

11:45 at La Grande Halle – Open source surveillance and online privacy,
Chair Janneke Sloetjes, Bits of Freedom (NL), Moderator Katarzyna
Szymielewicz, Panoptykon (PL), Panel Richard Allan, Facebook (BE), Jan
Derkacz, AGH University of Science and Technology (PL), Eric King,
Privacy International (UK), Ian Readhead, UK Association of Chief Police
Officers (UK)

10.30 at La Cave – Online Children’s Privacy: A case for hard or soft
law, Chair Simone van der Hof, University of Leiden (NL), Moderator Anna
Fielder, Privacy International (UK), Panel Sharon Mclaughlin,
Letterkenny Institute of Technology (IE), Joe McNamee, European Digital
Rights (BE), Isolde Sprenkels, Zuyd University (NL), Bibi van den Berg,
Leiden University) (NL)

11.45 at La Cave – Smart metering and the smart grid: What about
privacy, Chair Arno Lodder, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL), Moderator
Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute (UK), Panel Raphaël Gellert, Vrije
Universiteit Brussel, (BE) (tbc), Johan Rambi, Liander (NL), Martin
Spindler, Smart Energy (DE), Alessia Tanas, Independent Energy Expert
(BE), Tijmen Wisman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)

14.00 at Grande Halle – Democracy, Surveillance and Intelligence
Agencies (), Chair Gerrit Hornung, University of Passau (DE), Moderator
Caspar Bowden, Independent Privacy Advocate (FR), Panel Ben Emmerson, UN
Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and
fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism (INT), Wolfgang
Hoffmann-Riem, University of Hamburg (DE), Constanze Kurz, Chaos
Computer Club (DE), Peter Swire, Georgia Tech. (US)

15.30 at Grande Halle – The EU response to Prism, Chair Paul De Hert,
Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Tilburg University (BE/NL), Moderator
Giovanni Butarelli, EDPS (EU), Panel Caspar Bowden, Independent Privacy
Advocate (FR), Alex Joel, US Office of the Director of National
Intelligence (US), Martin Scheinin, European University Institute (IT)

Pre-CPDP annual NGO privacy and surveillance camp:
http://www.cpdpconferences.org/SideEvents.html#top

CPDP programme:
http://www.cpdpconferences.org/Programme.html#top

(Contribution by Kirsten Fiedler – EDRi)