Protecting your privacy in a networked world – IDEA Summerschool 2013 (15 – 17 July 2013)

Personal information has increasingly become accessible online: browsing through social network sites – such as Facebook and LinkedIn – people tend to think that they can draft a profile from each other. But what more information of you is out there? Are you aware of what others know about you? The increased use of information technologies challenges us to rethink whether our privacy is potentially at risk and what we should do to create sufficient protection.

The summer school on ‘protecting your privacy in a networked world’ will try to reflect on the ethical, social and economic dimensions of privacy. It is necessary to understand that privacy is more than just protection of personal data. New technological developments such as Big Data raise concerns about the efficiency of our current privacy protection mechanisms. Questioning what the importance of privacy is, we should however think about the risks of too much privacy as well. In developing new privacy standards and privacy enhancing technologies we have to find an appropriate balance by weighing privacy against other values and concerns.

Speakers will reflect on this topic from diverse perspectives. Software developers will discuss the privacy challenges they faced in developing new technologies. Moreover, policymakers and academics will speak about the economic value of privacy, raise various ethical concerns and address the social impact of the loss of privacy. Besides general lectures, the programme will include as well some interactive discussions and working sessions.


In order to apply please fill in this application form and send it to the contact person of your university mentioned in it. The deadline for applications is Friday, 15 June 2013.

Preliminary Schedule

Monday, 15 July 2013

09:00 – 09:30          Registration
09:30 – 10:00          Opening – Jeroen van den Hoven
10:00 – 10:45          Introductions
10:45 – 11:15          Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:30          Jeroen van den Hoven : “Conflicting Values : More than just Privacy”
12:30 – 13:30          Lunch
13:30 – 14:30          Seda Gürses : “Privacy Enhancing Technologies”
14:30 – 14:45          Coffee Break
14:45 – 16:30          Working Session – Seda Gürses : “Privacy in Design”
16:30 – 17:00          Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:00          Wolter Pieters : “Privacy, (e-)voting, and the secret ballot”

18:30                      Dinner on Site

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

09:00 – 10:30          Martijn Blaauw – “The Epistemology of Privacy”
10:30 – 11:00          Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30          Fosca Giannotti : “Privacy in Big Data”
12:30 – 13:30          Lunch
13:30 – 14:30          Marc van Lieshout : “Privacy as an economic good – how bad can it be?”
14:30 – 15:00          Coffee Break
15:00 – 15:30          “Introduction to the Privacy Impact Assessment”
15:30 – 17:00          Working Session – Gabriela Bodea : “Privacy Impact Assessment”

17:30 – 22:00          Social Event and Dinner

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

10:00 – 11:30          Niels ten Oever : “Privacy in Danger : Lessons from the Arab Spring”
11:30 – 12:00          Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:30          Johan Pouwelse : “The Dual Use of Privacy Enhancing Technologies”
13:30 – 14:30          Lunch
14:30 – 16:00          Ralf Bendrath : “The Politics of Privacy”
16:00 – 16:30          Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:30          Michael Zimmer – (remote, TBC)
17:30 – 18:00          Closing – Jeroen van den Hoven

18:00                      End of the Summer School : Drinks

Venue and Accommodation

All lectures will be held in TBM (Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management), room J.
Addres: Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX Delft (building 31)


The summer school is organized by Engin Bozdag (v.e.bozdag AT, Hendrik vom Lehn (h.vomlehn AT and Thomas Baar (Thomas.j.baar AT

For questions on accommodation, please contact Helen Keasberry (h.j.keasberry AT


Jeroen van den Hoven, Chair
Jeroen van den Hoven is professor of Moral Philosophy at Delft University of Technology. Van den Hoven is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. He is Scientific Director of the Centre for Ethics and Technology of the Three Technical Universities in The Netherlands ( and Editor in Chief of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer). He has published numerous articles on Ethics and ICT. He is also Editor in Chief of the Springer On-line Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics TERP.

Michael Zimmer, Keynote
Michael Zimmer, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and director of the Center for Information Policy Research. With a background in new media and Internet studies, the philosophy of technology, and information policy & ethics, Zimmer’s research focuses on the ethical dimensions of new media and information technologies, with particular interest in privacy, social media, internet research ethics, and values-in-design.

Ralf Bendrath
Ralf Bendrath hacked the Commodore C-64 in the 1980s, studied political science with a focus on security policy and information warfare in the 1990s, and has been researching various aspects of internet privacy in the 2000s, including  research on the governance of Deep Packet Inspection at TU Delft in 2008-2009. Since August 2009, he has been policy advisor for Jan Philipp Albrecht, Member of the European Parliament, who is the lead MEP for the EU data protection reform.
Ralf Bendrath has also been actively involved in organizing the mass protests against data retention and other surveillance measures in Germany. He was a civil society member in the German delegation to the World Summits on the Information Society in 2003 and 2005, where he coordinated the civil society working group on privacy and security.

Martijn Blaauw
Martijn was the Assistant Director of 3TU. Centre for Ethics and Technology since the beginning of 2011 until february 2013. Currently, he is program manager of the Department of Values, Technology, and Innovation of TU Delft. He received his PhD from the VU University Amsterdam (2004, cum laude). In his dissertation, he developed a contrastivist solution to the problem of radical scepticism. Martijn has held positions at the University of Aarhus (Denmark), the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), and the VU University Amsterdam (the Netherlands). At this last institution, he held a prestigious VENI-scholarship (2007-2010) for Innovative Research for a project on ‘Epistemic Pluralism’. His research is mainly focussed on issues in epistemology, with special interest in social epistemology (testimony, group knowledge), context-relative accounts of the concept of ‘knowledge’ (such as contextualism, contrastivism, and subject sensitive invariantism), and assertion. Currently, he is working on the notion ‘privacy’, trying to contribute to the privacy debate from an epistemological point of view.

Gabriela Bodea
Gabriela Bodea is a senior researcher with TNO ICT. In her current position she specializes in privacy in relation to information and communication technologies, and in particular in relation to various aspects of e-Government (such as electronic authentication, identity management, and geo-location) and the future internet (such as the collaborative web and new media).

Fosca Giannotti
Fosca Giannotti is a director of research at the Information Science and Technology Institute of the National Research Council, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy. Her current research interests include spatio-temporal data mining, privacy preserving data mining, social network analysis, data mining query languages. She has been the coordinator of various European research projects, including the FP6-IST project GeoPKDD. She is a member of steering committee of the FP7 European Coordination Action MODAP: Mobility, Data mining and Privacy. She is the author of more than one hundred publications and served in the scientific committee of the main conferences in the area of Databases and Data Mining. She chaired ECML/PKDD 2004, the European Conf. on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Data Bases, and ICDM 2008, the IEEE Int. Conf. on Data Mining. Fosca Giannotti leads the Pisa KDD Lab – Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Laboratory2 – a joint research initiative of the University of Pisa and ISTI- CNR.

Seda Gürses
Seda Gürses is a researcher working on privacy in online social networks, requirements engineering and privacy enhancing technologies at COSIC, Department of Electrical Engineering, in KU Leuven. She is part of the SPION project in which an interdisciplinary team explores the challenges of understanding and addressing privacy problems and processes of responsibilization associated with online social networks. She further works with various arts initiatives on feminist critique of computer science, open source and free software development, as well as surveillance studies.

Marc van Lieshout
Marc van Lieshout is senior researcher at TNO since 2000. His focus is on technology and innovation policy related to privacy and identity management issues. Being part of the group dealing with Strategies for the Information Society within TNO he integrates a forward looking policy and innovation perspective on challenges in privacy and identity management with potentially interesting technological solutions that are developed by his technical colleagues within TNO. Societal challenges, the role of data-subjects and policy issues that bear relationship with technological, organisational and institutional innovation concerning privacy and identity management form the background of the projects he is engaged with.

Niels ten Oever
Niels ten Oever has designed and implemented large freedom of expression projects in fragile and repressive countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Currently he is coordinator for the Internet Protection
Lab and heading the development and implementation of the Storymaker Android application in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq for Free Press Unlimited. Niels is an open source software enthusiast who has trained journalists in reporting, digital security, and media production. Niels holds an cum laude research MA in philosophy and literary sciences from the University of Amsterdam.

Johan Pouwelse
Johan Pouwelse is an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, specialized in Peer-to-Peer file sharing. He leads the P2P research team of a dozen people which created the Tribler P2P system. The Tribler group is the largest experimental research group in the field of P2P and responsible for several world-first innovations. With over one million downloads Tribler serves as a living laboratory and proving ground for next-generation P2P technology. Dr. Pouwelse is scientific director of P2P-Next and technical leader of QLective, EU projects with a combined research budget of 26 million Euro. Previously Dr. Pouwelse delivered a statement for the FTC in Washington, was a visiting scientist at MIT, and spent several summers at Harvard to study mechanisms for cooperation.

Wolter Pieters
Wolter Pieters (1978) is an assistant professor in information risk at Delft University of Technology, and co-manager of the TREsPASS project at the University of Twente. He studied computer science and philosophy of science, technology and society at the University of Twente, and wrote his interdisciplinary PhD “La volonté machinale: understanding the electronic voting controversy” at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Afterwards he advised the Dutch Ministry of the Interior on electronic voting and electronic travel documents. From September 2008 until December 2011 he worked in the VISPER project at the University of Twente, concentrating on disappearing boundaries in information security. In 2012 he was involved in the SESAME project at Delft University of Technology, addressing decision support for security investments in electricity infrastructures. Together with Prof. Pieter Hartel he set up the TREsPASS European project, on information security risk management in socio-technical systems, which started in November 2012. He was program chair of the 2010 CPDP workshop on Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing, and co-organised the 2011 Dagstuhl seminar on Secure Architectures in the Cloud. He has published on electronic voting, verification of security properties, information risk management, and philosophy and ethics of information security.

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