<unlike-us> Call for Proposals- Privacy Camp 2019: Platforms, Politics, Participation

Imge Ozcan imgeozcan at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 16:03:40 CET 2018

*Privacy Camp 2019: Platforms, Politics, Participation*

Privacy Camp will take place on 29 January 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, just
before the start of the CPDP <https://www.cpdpconferences.org/> conference.
Privacy Camp brings together civil society, policy-makers and academia to
discuss existing and looming problems for human rights in the digital

Call for Proposals: Platforms, Politics, Participation

Privacy Camp 2019 will focus on digital platforms, their societal impact
and political significance. Due to the rise of a few powerful companies
such as Uber, Facebook, Amazon or Google, the term “platform” has moved
beyond its initial computational meaning of technological architecture and
has come to be understood as a socio-cultural phenomenon. Platforms are
said to facilitate and shape human interactions, thus becoming important
economic and political actors. While the companies offering platform
services are increasingly the target of regulative action, they are also
considered as allies of national and supranational institutions in
enforcing policies voluntarily and gauging political interest and support.
Digital platforms employ business models that rely on the collection of
large amounts of data and the use of advanced algorithms, which raise
concerns about their surveillance potential and their impact on political
events. Increasingly rooted in the daily life of many individuals,
platforms monetise social interactions and turn to questionable labor
practices. Many sectors and social practices are being “platformised”, from
public health to security, from news to entertainment services. Lately,
some scholars have conceptualised this phenomenon as “platform capitalism
<https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Platform+Capitalism-p-9781509504862>” or “platform

Privacy Camp 2019 will unpack the implications of “platformisation” for the
socio-political fabric, human rights and policy making. In particular, how
does the platform logic shape our experiences and the world we live in? How
do institutional actors attempt to regulate platforms? In what ways do the
affordances and constraints of platforms shape how people share and make
use of their data?


We welcome panel proposals relating to the broad theme of platforms.
Besides classic panel proposals we are also seeking short contributions for
our workshop “Situating Platforms: User Narratives”.

1. Panel proposals

We are particularly interested in panel proposals on the following topics:
platform economy and labour; algorithmic bias; democratic participation and
social networks.

Submission guidelines:

·      Indicate a clear objective for your session, i.e. what would be a
good outcome for you?

·      Indicate other speakers that could participate in your panel (and
let us know which speaker has already confirmed, at least in principle, to

·      Make it as participative as possible, think about how to include the
audience and diverse actors. Note that the average panel length is 75

·      Send us a description of no more than 400 words.

2. “Situating Platforms: User Narratives” submissions

In an effort to discuss situated contexts with regard to platforms, we will
have a session on lived practices and user narratives. Individuals, civil
society groups or community associations are welcome to contribute in the
format of a short talk or show & tell demonstration. Details and the online
submission form are here:


*The deadline for all submissions is 18 November*. After the deadline, we
will review your submission and let you know by the end of November whether
your proposal can be included in the programme. It is possible that we
suggest merging panel proposals if they are very similar.

Please send your proposal via email to privacycamp(at)edri.org!

If you have questions, please contact Kirsten at
kirsten.fiedler(at)edri(dot)org or Imge at imge.ozcan(at)vub(dot)be.

For more details about Privacy Camp, please visit https://privacycamp.eu/

Imge Ozcan

Doctoral Researcher
Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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