The Age of Intelligent Machines at CPDP 2017

The Age of Intelligent Machines at CPDP 2017


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The Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference will hold their 10th annual symposium, dubbed “The Age of Intelligent Machines,” in Brussels on Jan. 25–27.

The 78 scheduled panels from internationally renowned scholars will range in topics from AI, privacy protection and ‘the right to obscurity’, geographical borders in data, the legality of technology and new global policies.

Not all the lectures will be theoretical or future-focused – a panel on Trump’s effect on open internet will blend politics with policy to discuss the very real ramifications of technology on today’s political sphere and vice-versa.

This year, several panels will be held in the historic Maison Autrique, located on Chaussée de Haecht and a short walk from the rest of the conference at Les Halles de Schaerbeek. Maison Autrique is the very first building designed by famed Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta in 1893.

The highlight art exhibition, a tradition of CPDP since 2013, will be the Search Machine by the Museum’s “Privacytopia Binary,” with works from Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia.

Organized by Privacy Salon and curator Bogomir Doringer, “Privacytopia” is two separate installations presented side-by-side. The first is the Search Machine, which is a series of diptychs presenting online images chosen by a fictional search engine. The second utilises the webcam phenomenon to juxtapose pop with high culture, and offer a look into the world of ‘sexcamming’.

“Privacytopia” will be on display from Jan. 13–29 at De Markten on Rue du Vieux Marché.

In addition to panels, the conference will also host the ‘Epic Champion of Freedom’, the ‘EDPL Young Scholars’ and the ‘CNIL–INRIA’ award ceremonies to celebrate outstanding individuals in the advancement and protection of privacy.

Other side events include a privacy camp organised by the Privacy Salon, a movie screening and social events, to name a few.

CPDP started small in October 2007, when founder Paul de Hert of Vrije Universiteit Brussel joined forces with organisers from the University of Tilburg and the Université de Namur to create a new academic conference focused on data protection. Since then, the conference has grown from 100 participants to over 1000.

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