Doctoral researchers working on privacy, data protection, security, surveillance and ethics are invited to participate in the 2nd Interdisciplinary Summer School on Privacy to be held June 19-23 in Berg en Dal in the Netherlands. One intensive week of post-grad teaching of privacy from technical, legal and social perspectives will be provided. The goal is to provide students with a solid background in the theory of privacy construction, modelling and protection from these three different perspectives.

The theme “Smart-X” addresses the privacy issues that arise with the advent of the Internet of Things and the resulting ‘smart’ infrastructures like smart grids, smart vehicles, smart cities. The Internet of Things provides physical objects (like fridges, light bulbs, thermostats, doors, cars, roads, etc.) with networking and computational capabilities. These objects are not only sensors (measuring the contents of our fridge, or the behaviour of people) but also actuators (ordering missing items, or switching on the heating). This creates a fundamental shift in the way the Internet based services can influence our daily lives, deeply convoluting artificial distinctions that have typically been made between online and off-line activities. This influence can both be positive and negative: smart infrastructures promise higher efficiency (energy conservation, sustainability) and proactive assistance in our daily lives (care). But they also further blur the boundaries between the public and the private space, and raise issues of ownership and control regarding the infrastructures that surround and permeate our lives. The objective of the summer school is to map out the IoT landscape with a critical eye on privacy concerns, and to explore legal, technical, social, political and economic approaches to engage in the fundamental changes it is expected to bring to everyday infrastructures and services.

There are a limited number of places available, so register in good time here.