Living in Surveillance Societies event series

October 1, 2012 - 09:00 - October 3, 2012 - 17:00
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Human RightS Initiative (HRSI)
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Alex Krasznay
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Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) event series

The Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) event series takes place from October 1 - 3 and is organized around a convergence of European scholars that research issues relating to everyday life in surveillance societies. LiSS generates information raising awareness of surveillance in society and contributes to better informed surveillance policy and practice across Europe. The LiSS event series features public workshops, public lectures, interactive exhibitions, as well as a student contest focussing on visual representations of surveillance.

The Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) COST Action is a European research programme designed to increase and deepen knowledge about living and working in the surveillance age, in order to better understand the consequences and impacts of enhanced surveillance, and subsequently to make recommendations about its future governance and practice. The underlying theme of the programme is that technologically mediated surveillance – the systematic and purposeful attention to the lives of individuals or groups utilizing new ICTs – is a ubiquitous feature of modern society, with citizens routinely monitored by a range of sophisticated technologies. Yet, despite these developments relatively little is known about the depth of personal surveillance or how our personal information is used. The LiSS programme is the first international multidisciplinary academic programme to consider issues relating to everyday life in surveillance societies.

 October 1, Monday

14:00 – 15:30, Popper Room: Workshop, Session 1

-David Wright (Trilateral Consulting) and Charles Raab (University of Edinburgh): Constructing a Surveillance Impact Assessment Methodology

-Maté D. Szabó (Eötvös Károly Policy Institute): Secret Surveillance Without Warrant from a Judge. Another Conception of Habeas Data.

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30, Popper Room: Workshop, Session 2

-Zsolt György Balogh and Gergely Szőke (University of Pécs): The Privacy at Workplace (PAW) Project

-Reinhard Kreissl (Verein für Rechts-und Kriminalsoziologie, Wien): The Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies (IRISS) Project

18:00, CEU Auditorium: “Between Discipline and Control: Cinematic Engagements with

Contemporary Transformations in the Surveillance Society,” Keynote lecture by Lorna Muir, University of Aberdeen


October 2, Tuesday

9:00 – 11:00, Popper Room: Workshop, Session 3

-Charlotte Bagger Tranberg (Aalborg University): The Proposed EU Data Protectionn Regulation and its Relation to Surveillance

-Christel Backman (University of Gothenburg): The Role of Crime Scandals in

Surveillance Creep

-Pawel Waszkiewicz (University of Warsaw): Identifying Offenders from CCTV Recordings

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00, Popper Room: Workshop, Session 4

-Kristina Irion (CEU): The Hollowing-out of Communications Secrecy

-Gábor György Gulyás (Budapest University of Technology): Economic Surveillance

on the Web: Cutting-Edge Technologies in Profiling (and what can we do against it). Live demonstration

18:00, CEU Auditorium: “From Big Bother to Surveillance Art”

Film screening and panel discussion, moderated by Iván Székely (EKINT, CEU). Announcement of results of the student contest.


October 1-3, Monday to Wednesday

WARNING! WE ARE WATCHING YOU! Interactive installation in the Laptop Area.


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