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[liberationtech] Why we withdrew from the Amsterdam Privacy Conference

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Sat Sep 22 14:34:48 PDT 2018

From: Stefania Milan <s.milan at> posted to <
mediastudies at>

Dear all

This is to inform you of an ongoing controversy around the sponsorship of
the Amsterdam Privacy Conference ( by Palantir.
This prompted myself and Becky Kazansky, co-organizers of the track
‘Digital Society and Surveillance’, to withdraw from the conference in
mid-August, although we did spend a lot of time selecting abstracts and
creating the program (and were of course very much looking forward to what
looks otherwise a great event).

We have explained our concerns here: (co-authored
with the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University).
A broader coalition of colleagues in the Netherlands and abroad has also
raised concerns: >>here you also find info to
add your signature, if you so wish.

While we respect the hard-work of our colleagues in putting together such
an ambitious event (and as conference organizer myself I feel their pain
when it comes to securing funds), we believe a public university like the
UvA should not enter in partnerships that smell of... privacy-washing.

Best regards, Stefania

Stefania Milan
Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture, University of
Amsterdam |
Principal Investigator, DATACTIVE (ERC Starting Grant 639379) |
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