Privacy, Data Protection and Technological Threats to Liberal Democracy: European responses - Strasbourg

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 14:15 to 17:45

We live in an age of unprecedented technological change which has immense power to transform our economies, societies and daily lives.

How do we create a regulatory framework that allows these technologies to fulfill their potential to liberate and empower humankind while protecting the rights of individuals to privacy and to equality before the law?

That is the question which will inform a three part series of conferences on human rights and technology.

The series forms part of the New Europeans programme on "Human Rights and the European Union in the wake of Brexit", in partnership with the Association for the Defence of Human Rights in Europe and the Britain in Europe thinktank and Knowing our Rights research project which are based at, and support, the new Law programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The event takes place at the prestigious venue of 76, allée de Robertsau, in Strasbourg, a beautiful art nouveau villa, now seat to the European Parliamentary Association. 

The conference will take up many of the themes from an evening debate organised by the EPA earlier this year on fake news, which concluded:

"Opinions on how to tackle the issue of fake news vary widely. But there is one thing on which all MEPs agree: no one wants a Ministry of Truth à la George Orwell"




13:00            Registration opens

13:30            Welcome and introductions

                     Julie Ward MEP,

                     President of the Citizens Rights' Friendship Group in the European Parliament (invited)

13:45            Part One: Setting the agenda for regulatory reform - who is doing what?


                     Roger Casale, New Europeans


                     Judge Robert Spano,

                     President of Section II European Court of Human Right (invited)

                     Eva Kaili MEP, 

                     Committee for Energy, Research and Industry (invited)

15:15           Coffee break

15:45           Part Two: Legal and political challenges and barriers to change


                   Maja Capello,

                   Head, Dept. for Legal Information European Audiovisual Observatory   (invited)


                    Jan Phillip Albrecht MEP,

                    Committee on Human Rights, Justice and Home Affairs (invited)


                   Joanna Bronowicka,

                   Centre for Internet and Human Rights, European University Viadrina (invited)

                   Dominique Guibert,

                   European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) (invited)

17:45          Concluding remarks and next steps

                   Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulus,

                   Chair, Goldsmiths School of Law, Director, Britain in Europe and Knowing Our Rights


The conclusions from this conference will be taken forward in the form of a call for papers to be published as a report entitled Privacy, Data Protection and Technological Threats to Liberal Democracy: European responses in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal by the law programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.

There will be two follow up conferences, at Goldsmiths on Monday, 5 November and in collaboration with the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights in Brussels, in early 2019.

To register for the conference, please email





European Parliamentary Association
76 allée de la Robertsau
67000 Strasbourg

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