Privacy and identity continue to pose dilemmas

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Sep 192013

Diane Whitehouse, Marit Hansen, Jaap-Henk Hoepman, and Ronald Leenes

Some questions around emerging technologies may be technological and organisational, but the longstanding bugbears of privacy and identity management continue to raise their challenging heads. The week of Monday-Friday 17-21 June, 2013, saw an eighth IFIP summer school debate these issues intensively. Its formal title was the International IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management for Emerging Services and Technologies: Several working groups from both TC9 and TC11 contributed to the programme and organisation of the school: they included working groups 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.4, and 11.6.

Thought-provoking, and challenging talks were given by over ten keynote visitors. On the social science and economics side, Alessandro Acquisti, Colin Bennett, and David Lyon all paid visits from North America. On the more technical side, talks were given by Jan Camenisch, Simone Fischer-Huebner, Yannis Stamatiou, and Rodica Tirtea. Full details of all these inputs, and more, is at:

Some seventy persons were present – most of them young researchers. While the youngest had recently graduated from a bachelor’s degree, there was also one person present who had just received his PhD last month! Thirty student presentations were given. Student best prize winner was Paulan Korenhof of Tilburg University’s law school, the Netherlands. She explored the controversial notions of erasure and “the right to be forgotten” in her paper entitled Forgetting bits and pieces. All contributors – and especially the young researchers – are being encouraged to submit their work to the school’s outcome publication, a book to be published by Springer-Verlag in 2014.

Several European Union (and other) co-financed projects contributed with presentations and people. Among them, ABC4Trust, the Cloud Accountability project (A4Cloud), DigIDeas, Future ID, and PRISMS. Several sidebar workshops organised by these projects took place at the school.

The school took place at the Hotel Erica, in the “hills and dales” of Berg en Dal in the Netherlands, thanks to the kind hosting of Radboud University and Tilburg University‘s Privacy &Identity (P&I) Lab.

Since play as well as study is always important in such learning settings, evenings were spent at Holland’s national bicycle Velorama Museum and on a local pancake boat trip, sailing along the River Waal



Summer school attendees queue up to enjoy a pancake boat trip

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Why good people do wrong and what to do about it

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Sep 192013

Diane Whitehouse, Chair IFIP WG9.2 and Penny Duquenoy, Chair IFIP SIG9.2.2

On Friday 14 June, 2013, IFIP’s special interest group on the framework of ethics of computing and its working group 9.2 on social accountability and computing met in a joint meeting. The venue was the University of Southern Denmark in Kolding, Denmark as a follow-up to the well-known ETHICOMP (2013) conference. Nine attendees and guests from Europe and North America discussed pressing issues. A further joint meeting is to be held in London, England in October 2013 in conjunction with the BCS ICT Ethics Specialist Group.

A welcome guest at the session was Professor Don Gotterbarn of East Tennessee University, USA, Chair of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)’s Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) and ACM representative to IFIP TC9. Don spoke on “Professional Responsibility and Ethical Reframing: Why good people do wrong 
and what to do about it.” His basic message was: “We train computer practitioners to dividecomplex problems in order to solve them. Yet it is human nature to focus only on these narrow frames. As a result, practitioners either miss or overlook broader ethical issues. Ethics education is required to help people focus on a broader framework and address the socio-technical issues of their work. ICT ethics education is really not optional.”

This talk acted as a fundamental step for considering the content of IFIP TC9’s next international Human Choice and Computers (HCC) 11 (HCC11) which will be held in Turku, Finland from 30 July-1 August, 2014. The conference’s content was further considered in an IFIP TC9 meeting held on the following day.




IFIP WG9.2 and SIG9.2.2 members and friends meet over supper in Kolding, Denmark

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