Presentations of ‘For Your Eyes Only’ conference

22 dec 2012 /

During the ‘For Your Eyes Only’ conference on the 29th and the 30th of November in Brussels, many possible strategies to cope with privacy and security needs in online social networks were debated. Experts and researchers discussed technical, social, educational and legal measures to mitigate the responsibility of the users (SPION project) and to empower the users of social networking sites (EMSOC project).

Below you can find some of the presentations .

Panel 1 “Minors and social media: between protection and empowerment”

This panel explores the roles of the different actors (e.g., government, SNS providers, parents, children themselves) in the empowerment and protection of young people in the context of online social networks. Based on insights into the behavior and privacy concerns of young SNS users, the panelists provide a critical analysis of the current and future legal frameworks, as well as the self-regulatory and bottom-up initiatives that aim to protect and/or empower children and teenagers.

Panel 2 “Living apart together? The propertisation of personal data, the right to privacy and the protection of personal data”

If you’re not paying for it, you’re the product” has become a widespread buzz-phrase to refer to a business model popularized by Facebook, but also other Internet startups. This mantra reflects a “reality” in which the emphasis is on the economic utility of personal data. Starting from this point, the panel explores whether vesting a property right in personal data may empower users of social media, and how such a right would relate to the conventional protection that is offered by traditional human rights law mechanisms. The panelists, who come from European and US American perspectives, debate whether the two rights are uneasy bedfollows, or if they can happily live (apart) together.

This panel explores which strategies can be developed to address problems associated with the commodification of User Generated Content and personal information. Panelists critically assess the ways in which the invitation to participate is entangled with the shaping and exploitation of the participants’ interactions by service providers as well as advertisement companies. The panelists debate whether the current business logic embedded in the social web needs to be adjusted in favor of the user.
The panelists present and discuss proposals for mitigating select privacy problems in OSNs through technology itself. They look at ways of concealing data from service providers, as well as third party trackers, and discuss mechanisms to improve the tedious task of managing disclosures through privacy settings. The panelists propose ways in which they assess the limitations of these technologies and discuss ways in which technical measures need to be complemented with legal and organizational measures.
Panelists from social and technical backgrounds open up the privacy design question itself and approach privacy as a component of social practices. Within this perspective, the panelists observe design itself as a social practice, reflect on assumptions and also look at mechanisms that may mitigate the responsibilization of users with respect to privacy risks.
The final panel brings researchers who are doing innovative work on privacy behavior and privacy decisionmaking. Based on experiments that study the drivers and consequences of persuasive behavior, the panelists discuss how different interventions (from nudges to education to persuasive computing) can assist and ameliorate privacy decision making.
Soon, the other presentations will also be included.