<unlike-us> Call for Submissions– Privacy Camp 2020: Technology and Activism (deadline 10 November)

Imge Ozcan imgeozcan at gmail.com
Tue Nov 5 15:58:39 CET 2019

*Privacy Camp 2020: Technology and Activism*

*21 January 2020 – Brussels, Belgium*

*( https://privacycamp.eu <https://privacycamp.eu> )*

*Call for Submissions*

For the 8th edition, Privacy Camp takes “Technology and Activism” as its
focus. Over the last decade, digital technologies have played a significant
role in activism by mobilising social protests, fostering new forms of
civil disobedience, or simply by facilitating the coordination of activist
work in the analogue world. Some scholars assigned particular value to the
networked nature of cyberspace, arguing that this structure enables people
to communicate and take action outside of traditional hierarchical power
structures. However, networked information systems also enhance the
surveillance power of repressive regimes.

Going beyond cyber-optimist and cyber-pessimist arguments, Privacy Camp
2020 will seek to explore further dynamics in the activist-technology
entanglements. Together with activists from diverse fields and scholars
working at the intersection of technology and activism, Privacy Camp 2020
will cover a broad range of practices and issues including surveillance,
censorship, civic participation in information policy making, social media
and political dissent, online civil disobedience, data justice, data
activism, commons and peer production, citizen science and more.


For this edition, we call for (1) panel proposals and (2) critical making
and DIY projects (see further below).

*1. Call for Panels*

We welcome panel proposals relating to the broad theme of “technology and
activism”. We also welcome alternative types of sessions such as workshops
or formats with more interaction between the participants than a
traditional panel.

We are particularly interested in proposals on the following topics:
• social media and political dissent
• hacktivism and civil disobedience
• critical public sphere and hashtag publics (e.g. #MeToo,
#BlackLivesMatter etc)
• data justice and data activism
• commons, peer production, and platform cooperativism
• citizen science

*Submission guidelines:*

• Indicate a clear objective for your session, i.e. what would be a good
outcome for you?
• Include a list of speakers that could participate in your panel (and let
us know which speaker has already confirmed, at least in principle, to
• Make it as interactive as possible, think about how to include the
audience and diverse actors. Note that the average panel length is 75
• Send your proposal (a panel description of max 400 words and a tentative
list of speakers) to privacycamp(at)edri.org by 10 November.

*Deadline for panel proposal submissions: 10 November 2019 (hard deadline,
no extension)*

After the deadline, we will review your submissions and will notify you
about the selection process before 20 November. Please note that we might
suggest merging panel proposals if they are very similar.

*2. Call for Makers: Critical Maker Faire at Privacy Camp 2020*

We are pleased to invite makers, disruptors, tinkerers, crafters and DIY
artists with the aim of bringing even more diverse communities into the
conversation on technology and activism. Maker cultures attempt to
democratise technology by focusing on production and consumption patterns
and citizen engagement in technology design. We seek makers who create with
the ethos of counterculture and activism – in distinction from those who
align with innovation and entrepreneurship.

We will provide an exhibit space for makers working at the intersection of
technology and activism. Makers will be able to engage participants and
hold experiments. Possible maker projects may include, but are not limited
to: DIY hardware, biohacking tools, wearables, bots, DIY air quality
sensors, experiments with glitch and stitch.

*If you are interested to submit your work for the Critical Maker Faire,
please contact us at privacycamp(at)edri.org <http://edri.org> before 30
November 2019.*

*About Privacy Camp*

Privacy Camp is jointly organised by European Digital Rights (EDRi),
Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society at Vrije Universiteit
Brussel (LSTS-VUB), the Institute for European Studies at Université
Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (USL-B), and Privacy Salon.

*Privacy Camp 2020 will take place on 21 January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.*
Participation is free and registrations will open in early December.

For inquiries, please contact Andreea Belu at andreea.belu(at)edri(dot)org
or Imge Ozcan at imge.ozcan(at)vub(dot)be.

Imge Ozcan

Doctoral Researcher
Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
imge.ozcan at vub.be
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