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[liberationtech] PLSC-Europe & TILTing 2017 abstract deadline is Nov. 20 (with GikII events)

Bryce C Newell bcnewell at
Mon Nov 14 01:26:20 PST 2016

The deadline for abstracts for PLSC-Europe 2017 (European Privacy Law
Scholars Conference) and the TILTing Perspectives 2017 conference is this
coming Sunday, November 20th. Please consider submitting your work and
sharing this call with your colleagues who may also be interested. The
conference has tracks focused on Data Science, Healthcare, Intellectual
Property, and Privacy (including PLSC-Europe), as well as a series of
GikII-style events on the final day of the conference. The conference will
be in Tilburg (Netherlands), from May 17-19, 2017.

*The deadline for all submissions is November 20.* To submit, and for more
information, please go to The
general call for papers, as well as special instructions for PLSC
submissions is at

*Confirmed keynote speakers for the TILTing Perspectives 2017 Conference:*

   - Solon Barocas (Microsoft Research)
   - John M. Golden (UT-Austin School of Law)
   - Flis Henwood (University of Brighton)
   - Gary T. Marx (Professor Emeritus, M.I.T.)
   - Sean McDonald (CEO, FrontlineSMS)
   - Irene Schlünder (German ELSI expert for BBMRI-ERIC)
   - Christopher Slobogin (Vanderbilt Law School)
   - Maciej Szpunar (Court of Justice of the EU, Professor of Law,
   University of Silesia)

*Information about the Privacy Track and PLSC-Europe*

The definition and boundaries of privacy, as both a philosophical concept
and a legal right, have been hotly debated in recent years. Indeed,
emerging technologies have continually challenged traditional conceptions
of privacy that relate to “private life,” the public/private dichotomy, or
property (e.g. “my home is my castle”). Many people now carry devices
throughout the public sphere that contain (access to) vast quantities of
information about their private lives or maintain technologies in their
homes that sense and collect potentially sensitive data—technologies that
often have porous digital walls, connect to external networks, and store
information in distant servers. As a consequence, governments and companies
(as well as other private parties) have an increasing number of entry
points to invade personal privacy.

This track will include both a general privacy track as well as the 2nd
European edition of the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC-Europe).[1]
The general track will encompass a variety of events, including paper
presentations, panels, roundtable discussions, and invited talks.
PLSC-Europe events will follow the traditional PLSC model, in which papers
will be presented and commented on by discussants and other participants
(who are all expected to have read the papers in advance). For submissions
to the general track, proposals are especially welcomed within the theme of
privacy, technology, and space(s), including issues related to privacy in
private or public spaces (e.g., homes or streets), and privacy issues
generated by the fact that information that used to be stored in private
physical spaces (e.g. inside a person’s home, office, desk, or safe) is now
often stored on mobile devices or in less-private “virtual” spaces (e.g.,
cloud storage) that offer less practical and/or legal protection against
intrusions by private or public actors. The primary focus of the general
track is on privacy law, rather than data protection, but proposals
focusing on data protection are also welcome. Submissions to PLSC-Europe
may focus on any aspect of privacy or data protection law. Submissions to
the general privacy track and PLSC-Europe will be handled separately.

*PhD Student Registration-fee waivers*: We are pleased to announce that we
will be waiving the conference registration fees for two (2) PhD Students
whose work is accepted for presentation in either PLSC-Europe or the
broader Privacy Track. Waivers will be awarded selectively by the Privacy
Track program committee. To be considered for one of these waivers, please
indicate your PhD-student status in your submission.

*Suggested themes*

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the ethical, legal,
organizational and/or social challenges related to:

   - The relationships between privacy, technology, and public/private
   - The evaporation of the physical home as a stronghold for privacy
   - Privacy crimes (e.g. voyeurism, revenge porn, stalking, eavesdropping,
   trespassing, hacking)
   - Privacy, criminal procedure, and the regulation of police powers
   - Surveillance and privacy
   - Privacy and mobile devices
   - Privacy in the cloud
   - Technologically-facilitated intrusions into private life
   - Privacy in smart cities
   - Privacy and the Internet of Things (e.g., smart toys, connected
   - Privacy of body and mind


For questions about possible presentation topics for the Privacy Track,
please contact the track chair, Dr. Bryce C. Newell, at
B.C.Newell at

[1] Based on the popular PLSC event in United States, PLSC-Europe is
dedicated to bringing together privacy law scholars, practitioners, and
privacy scholars from other disciplines from across Europe and beyond to
discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and
practice. The first PLSC-Europe was held in October 2015 in conjunction
with the Amsterdam Privacy Conference. From 2017 onwards, PLSC-Europe will
become an annual event co-organized by the University of Amsterdam (IvIR),
Tilburg University (TILT), and the Free University Brussels (LSTS/Brussels
Privacy Hub), alternating between Amsterdam, Tilburg, and Brussels.
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