For Your Eyes Only

29-11-2012 - 30-11-2012 / The Egg


The objective of the conference is to bring together young and senior academics, representatives from public organizations, companies, ngo’s and governments together with artists, designers and developers to discuss and create visions for online social networks in which privacy, security, and other user needs are addressed.

During the conference possible strategies for addressing privacy and security needs in online social networks will be explored by experts on these matters. Specifically, technical, social, educational and legal measures will be discussed that can be used to increase the accountability of social network sites in order to mitigate the “responsibilization” of end-users (SPION project) and to empower users (EMSOC project).

Who will come?

Internationally recognized speakers will present their vision on future themes related to social media; like privacy and minors, propertisaton and consensual exploitation of personal data, privacy enhancing technologies, behavioural economics and security.

Conference content

At the first conference day panel members will discuss the pitfalls for social media users in relation to their privacy, the commodification of their personal data, uninformed consent strategies, the right to privacy, the protection of personal data and the (absence of a) right to be forgotten. Opportunities and risks related to social media use of minors will be discussed from various perspectives and regulatory challenges in this area will be identified.

On the second day of the conference socio-technical solutions are central to the debate. We will look at nudging as a design strategy, discuss how privacy and security can be integrated into design from the early conception of systems, and present concrete proposals for improving the privacy and security infrastructures of online social networks.


Day 1 – 29 November 2012

09:00 Registration and Coffee

09:30 Welcome and introductions

10:00 Panel “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 user, the panelists will 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.

Alice E. Marwick (Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies), Simone van der Hof (Leiden University), Tammy Schellens (Ghent University, department of educational studies), Eleni Kosta (University of Tilburg), Eva Lievens (Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT, KU Leuven).

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Panel “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 will explore 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, will debate whether the two rights are uneasy bedfollows, or if they can happily live (apart) together.

James B. Rule (UC Berkeley School of Law), 
Nadezhda Purtova (University of Groningen), 
Sören Preibusch (University of Cambridge), 
Orla Lynskey (London School of Economics), Mathias Vermeulen (European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy and Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Serge Gutwirth  (VUB-Research group Law Science Technology & Society).

15:30 Break

16:00 Panel “Are there alternatives to the consensual exploitation on social media?”

This panel will explore which strategies can be developed to address problems associated with the commodification of User Generated Content and personal information. Panelists will 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 will debate whether the current business logic embedded in the social web needs to be adjusted in favor of the user.

Andy McStay (Bangor University), Vincent Toubiana (Bell Labs), Claudia Diaz (COSIC/ESAT KU Leuven), Rob Heyman (iMinds-SMIT Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Ike Picone (iMinds-SMIT Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Jo Pierson (iMinds-SMIT Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

18:00 Reception sponsored by LSEC

Day 2 –  30 November 2012

09:30 Registration and Coffee

10:00 Panel “Security in Social Networks”

The panelists will present and discuss proposals for mitigating select privacy problems in OSNs through technology itself. They will 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 will propose ways in which they will assess the limitations of these technologies and discuss ways in which technical measures need to be complemented with legal and organizational measures.

Ashkan Soltani (Independent researcher), Frank Piessens (Distrinet KU Leuven), Dave Clarke (Department of Computer Science KU Leuven), Claudia Diaz (COSIC/ESAT KU Leuven), Bart Preneel (COSIC KU Leuven), Seda Gürses (COSIC/ESAT KU Leuven).

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Panel ‘The social shaping of privacy enhancing technology’

Panelists from social and technical backgrounds will open up the privacy design question itself and approach privacy as a component of social practices. Within this perspective, the panelists will 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.

Airi lampinen (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT & University of Helsinki), Kate Raynes-Goldie (Curtin University, Australia), Bettina Berendt (Department of Computer Science at K.U.Leuven), Rula Sayaf (DistriNet K.U.Leuven), Ralf De Wolf (iMinds-SMIT Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Shenja van der Graaf (iMinds-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Laurence Claeys (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

15:30 Break

16:00 Panel “Behavioral economics and privacy nudging”

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 will discuss how different interventions (from nudges to education to persuasive computing) can assist and ameliorate privacy decision making.

Alessandro Acquisti (Carnegie Mellon University), 
Lorrie Faith Cranor (Carnegie Mellon University), Sandra Petronio (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) 
Adam Joinson (Centre for Information Management, University of Bath, UK), Eleni Kosta (Tilburg Institue for Law Technology and Society).

18:00 End

Conference Venue

The Egg / 175, Rue Bara Straat- 1070 Brussels How to get there: Tramway: 32/ 81 / 82 / 83 stop “Avenue du roi”. Bus: 49 – 50 stop “Avenue du roi” Bus: 78, stop “Vétérinaires”. Metro: Stop “Gare du Midi/Zuidstation” 


The invited conference speakers will stay in Hotel BLOOM!. Conference participants can also book at Bloom via this link. Reaching Hotel BLOOM! is easy. The hotel is located beside the Brussels’ inner ring road and adjacent to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Metro line 2 or 6 from the South Station (of the conference location) leads to Botanique.

Restaurants and pubs in Brussels

Tips on Restaurants and Pubs in Brussels (PDF)

Conference partners


LSEC, a not-for profit association focused on Information Security in Belgium. LSEC has been organizing over the last couple of years over 100 highly professional information security oriented activities. LSEC is a founding member of the European Security Innovation Network, a project supported by the European Commission through the INTERREG IVb program that supports innovative developments in the North Western European region in Security. With its partners Systematic Paris region in France, SITC in the UK and TeleTrusT in Germany, LSEC welcomes the active participation of companies to participate in the discussion of potential threats, challenges and opportunities for companies in the domain of Security, or to the enterprise market and government institutions.


29-11-2012 - 30-11-2012


The Egg
Barastraat 175
1070 Brussel

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