Privacy is everywhere: how to deal with emerging problems? – WS 02 2018

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5 June 2018 | 14:30-16:00 | MASTER ROOM | remote participation | video streaming
Consolidated programme 2018 overview

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Session teaser

Protection of privacy has always been an integral part of efforts to ensure protection of human rights. There are old and new challenges in these directions, which need innovative and new solutions. Their implications and interventions should be considered while designing new approaches.


Ethical use of data, privacy, GDPR, transparency, enhancing technologies

Session description

The advent of new technologies created new challenges for privacy and protection of personal data. Development of Internet of things (IoT) devices and emerging technologies imply that more personal data is accessible for collection and misuse by companies. Hence, the issues of ethical use of data have become one of the major challenges for users and consumers of particular services and technologies. This session will attempt to foster discussion among different stakeholders about possible solutions to the existing challenges. To this end, the importance and implication of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be discussed, as it attempted to establish privacy centric approach. However, it also creates some legal uncertainties. The big companies - even Facebook and Google - might be better able to comply with the regulations than small companies and NGOs - but the rules apply to both of them in the same way. In addition, some new technologies, like Big Data and Machine Learning are based on large data lakes created independent of a specific purpose. GDPR however, requires setting the purpose of every data processing and data collection. This might be inhibitive for these kinds of technologies. Considering these challenges, it is important to discuss whether issues envisaged in GDPR need the shift of focus. Apart from regulations, self-regulation approaches and mechanisms should also be considered. Transparency has always been an important tool for ensuring responsiveness and accountability for various organizations, including companies. Hence, the session participants will overview how companies can deal with privacy issues, how identifying new business models and new privacy internal policies can enhance consumer protection. In addition, the workshop will refer to the role of civil activist and civil society representatives in this regard. Moreover, emerging privacy enhancing technologies offer new shields and protection mechanisms. In the context of emerging privacy challenges, companies attempt to change their business model in order to gain consumer trust. Hence, it is essential to discuss the technical opportunities these technologies, like blockchain, cryptography offer, what their capacities and limitations are.


4 short presentations overviewing the issue and underlining major developments of the issue. The presentations will be followed by interactive discussion (Q&A) with the active participation of the audience. The workshop will be run by a moderator.

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Focal Point

  • Giorgi Kldiashvili, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information

Subject Matter Expert

  • Farzaneh Badii - the Chair of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency, Research Associate at the Internet Governance Project at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, United States

Organising Team (Org Team)

  • Melle Tiel Groenestege, VEON (Global Telecom Operator), Digital Policy Advisor
  • Jörn Erbguth, University of Geneva, Geneva School of Diplomacy
  • Levan Avalishvili, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, Programs Director
  • Teona Turashvili, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, E-Governance Direction Head
  • Thomas Struett, Researcher, Istanbul Bilgi University, IT Law Institute
  • Elif Sert, Researcher, Istanbul Bilgi University, IT Law Institute
  • Adam Peake, ICANN, Executive Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM)
  • Laurin Weissinger, University of Oxford
  • Teemu Ropponen, Open Knowledge Finland
  • Fotjon Kosta, Albania IGF\Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania
  • Valentina Pavel, Association for Technology and Internet (ApTI)
  • Marina Shentsova, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Miguel Perez Suvias, Spain Interent Users Association
  • Tamar Alpaidze, Academia

Key Participants

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  • Jean Gonié, VEON (Global Telecom Operator), Digital Policy Group Director
  • Jörn Erbguth, University of Geneva, Geneva School of Diplomacy
  • Ani Nozadze, Head of International Relations Department at the Office of Personal Data Protection Inspector of Georgia
  • Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, Founder at BITNATION


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  • Ceren Unal [1], Regional Policy Manager (Europe), Internet Society (ISOC)

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  • relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
  • are forward looking and propose goals and activities that can be initiated after EuroDIG (recommendations)
  • are in (rough) consensus with the audience

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