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  • Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum
    7:56pm

    Privacy Camp will take place just before the start of the CPDP conference. Privacy Camp brings together civil society, policy-makers and academia to discuss existing and looming problems for human rights in the digital environment.

    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” or “platform society”.

     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?

    Participate!

    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 (...
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Tuesday, May 29

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    7:18pm

    Jacques, as you know, I always like to have much-needed protections proactively embedded into design, such as the design of emerging technologies like AI. So I focussed on AI principles that addressed the need for transparency, accountablilty, ethics, bias, data protection, etc.in my AI Ethics by Design. And I just read an interesting article that Microsoft is creating an "oracle" for "catching biased AI algorithms." So hopefully this will lead to more people "looking under the hood" so to speak,when it comes to examining largely-invisible AI algorithms.

  • Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum
    2:36pm

    We see a lot of similarity in the principles I suggested above and those proposed by Ann. Mine are a bit more general societal oriented and formulated, Ann's are somewhat more specifically addressing the designers of systems with principles for AI Ethics by Design.