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[liberationtech] panel on privacy and search engines tomorrow (leuven)

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Tue Jun 26 02:06:43 PDT 2012

From: Seda Guerses <sguerses at>

> As part of the privacy course we will have an evening panel open to the
public that will discuss privacy issues in search applications, profiling,
and behavioral advertising.
> The panel will feature three invited panelists: Andrew McStay (Bangor
University), Joris van Hoboken (University of Amsterdam), and Joss Wright
(Oxford Internet Institute).
> The panel will be followed by a reception sponsored by LSEC.
> Please feel free to forward to anyone potentially interested.
> -----
> Place:
> MTC1 02.07
> Maria-Theresiacollege
> Sint-Michielsstraat 6
> 3000  Leuven
> Date and time:
> Wednesday June 27, from 18:30 to 20:30
> -----
> Andrew McStay
> Abstract
> My panel presentation raises questions about the nature of consent in the
context of behavioural advertising and third-party cookies, particularly in
relation to the full roll out of the European Cookie Directive
(2009/136/EC). In exploring tensions between the Article 29 Working Party
and the UK's understanding of consent, the presentation highlights
paradoxes in the UK's implementation along with lessons that might be
learnt from moral philosophy on the meaning of consent in relation to
privacy and positive values of autonomy.
> Biography
> Andrew McStay is Lecturer at Bangor University, UK, and author of Digital
Advertising (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009) and The Mood of Information: A
Critique of Online Behavioural Advertising (Continuum, 2011). Forthcoming
books are The Mode of Seduction: A Discourse on Creativity and Advertising
(Routledge, 2013) and Deconstructing Privacy (Peter Lang, 2014).
> -----
> Joris van Hoboken
> Abstract
> Web search engines have played a central role in many of the privacy
debates related to the Internet. Amongst the primary reasons for this are
the collection of enormous amounts of user data at the individualized
level, the indexation and digitization of more and more information
(including personal data) on the Web and elsewhere, the ever-growing
sophistication of techniques to query data sets as well as the integration
of search services into behavioral advertising networks. In his talk, Joris
van Hoboken will map the privacy issues that are at stake in the context of
search and address some of the most important unresolved challenges in this
> Biography
> Dr. Joris van Hoboken is senior researcher at the Institute for
Information Law. His research addresses law and policy in the field of
digital media, electronic communications and the internet. His interests
include the implications of the fundamental right to freedom of expression
and privacy online as well as the transatlantic comparison of different
regulatory approaches to the online environment. He is a specialist in the
field of search engine law and regulation and regularly writes, teaches and
presents on the issues of data protection and intermediary liability on the
Internet. Joris was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Amsterdam (2012)
for his thesis examining the implications of the right to freedom of
expression for the legal governance of search engines. He graduated cum
laude in both Theoretical Mathematics (2002, M.Sc.) and Law (2006, LL.M.)
and serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of Bits of Freedom, a
Dutch digital civil rights organization.
> -------
> Joss Wright
> Abstract
> Search has assumed a critical importance in modern networked societies.
The volume of information continuously generated and made available through
the internet has placed search in the role of gatekeeper to an otherwise
unmanageable flood of data. This priviliged position provides deep insight
into, and consequently extreme privacy risks for, the users of the search
services companies that manage search. This talk will examine privacy in
the context of search, the social implications of user profiling in these
services, and explore areas where tensions arise between providers and
citizens, and whether these tensions can be resolved or entirely avoided.
> Biography
> Dr. Joss Wright is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute,
University of Oxford. where his research focuses on the themes of privacy
enhancing technologies and online censorship, both in the design and
analysis of techniques and in their broader societal implications. He
obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of York in 2008,
where his work focused on the design and analysis of anonymous
communication systems. Dr. Wright has provided advice to the European
Commission, as well as a number of EU research projects, on the social,
legal and ethical impacts of security technologies. He has been featured in
national and international media commenting on digital rights issues, and
has written articles on topics related to online privacy, social media and
internet censorship for, among others, the Guardian and Observer newspapers
in the UK.
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