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

By EDRi · October 17, 2017

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.


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>.