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Posted on October 23, 2008

Conference: Privacy in Social Network Sites

Promo material conference:
* Weblog of the conference
* Facebook event page
* Hyves event page
* Flyer

Results from the conference:
Video and slides are available online.
Book ‘The Online Panopticon’:
* For the Netherlands: hard copies can be ordered with {encode=”” title=”Henneke Filiz-Piekhaar”} (as long as stock lasts). Costs: 10 euro (including postal expenses).
* A freely downloadable pdf will soon be made available.

The first question to answer is why it’s important to protect the information that people willfully post on Social Network Sites. Are there moral reasons to constrain the disclosure of this data? Another question is how this disclosure of data creates harm for the users of Social Network Sites. Which activities can be employed by using identity-relevant information found on SNS and what harm do such activities create for users? There might be agreement about how specific activities harm users, but experts certainly don’t agree on how these harmful activities could be minimized. Should we restrict the variety of actions people can pursue on the Internet by regulations or should we instead rely on self-regulation? This will be a central topic of the conference. We will also zoom into the different technologies that can be employed to protect the privacy of users in Social Network Sites. These Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) provide various ways of data protection for the users. To what extent can these technologies be applied to the everconnected world of Social Network Sites?

This conference will deal with a wide range of topics that relate to Social Network Sites, varying from moral reasons to protect privacy to concrete ways to protect users’ privacy.

Keynote speakers

  • Jeroen van den Hoven, Delft University of Technology, scientific director of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology
  • Milton Mueller, Director of the Telecommunications Network Management Program at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies

Preliminary program

A more detailed preliminary program can be downloaded here (updated 21 October).

Thursday, October 23, 2008

12:30 Opening of the Conference and Ceremony for Mekelprize
Prof. dr. ir. Jacob Fokkema, Rector Magnificus of Delft University of Technology
13:00 Privacy in Social Network Sites
David Riphagen BSc, independent researcher at EPIC and Master graduate student at Delft University of Technology
14:00 Informational Wrongdoings & Moral Reasons to Protect Informational Privacy
Prof. dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, scientific director of 3TU.Ethics
15:00 Closure of the first day by Jeroen van den Hoven.

Friday, October 24, 2008

8:45 Opening of the second day by Prof. Milton Mueller PhD.
9:00 Privacy in Social Network Sites as Information Market Failure
Brian Holland, Assistant professor Penn State Dickinson School of Law
11:00 Protecting privacy in Social Network Sites versus a deregulated Internet
Prof. Milton Mueller, director Telecommunications Network Management Program, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Assistant Professor Natali Helberger PhD, University of Amsterdam,
former managing legal partner to INDICARE and researcher of privacy
and other user issues in the context of User Created Content and Social
Network Sites.
14:00 Privacy-enhancing techniques for Social Network Sites
  Scott Cunningham, Assistant professor Policy Analysis, TU Delft
Aad Koppenhol, Principal IT Architect Sun Microsystems
Noemi Manders-Huits, PhD ‘Ethics of Identity Management’, Delft
University of Technology
Discussion leader: Jeroen van den Hoven
16:00 Keynote: Understanding Privacy in Social Network Sites
  Dr. Ronald Leenes, Associate Professor Tilburg University’s Tilburg
Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT)
18:00 Reception
19:00 Closing of the second day by Dr. ir. Jan van den Berg, Associate
Professor Information and Communication Technology, Delft
University of Technology

Registration and accommodation

The registration form is now available.
Yes, I want to register for the Privacy in Social Network Site conference. Registration is free.

  • The conference starts on Thursday, October 23, noon (final registration)
  • The conference ends Friday, October 24, 18:30.
  • Attendants are requested to arrange accommodation themselves. Please note that Delft is a popular tourist destination. You are advised to arrange your accommodation well in advance. List of recommended hotels.

Please take this into account when planning your travels.


Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, room Alpha.
Delft University of Technology.
Jaffalaan 5, Delft, The Netherlands.

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Organization / more information

The conference will be organized by David Riphagen. Conference manager will be Henneke Filiz-Piekhaar. For more information on the conference you can contact her at


3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology
TU Delft Platform for Ethics and Technology
Delft University of Technology


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