imec-SMIT / VUB (BE)
I’m passionate about the urban and the human, and interested in the technology that is being interwoven with our lives. My work at a leading Flemish research hub revolves around innovative ways to include all stakeholders in the making urban space ‘smart’, and the central role of data (from open to personal to big). For my PhD, I research the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation in smart cities, fostering knowledge and supporting data protection impact assessments through inclusive and participatory methods. Inspired by Lefebvre’s ‘Right to the City’, I am investigating how data protection rights can play a role in making urban space not only technologically enhanced but especially citizen-centric.
SPECTRE project, KU Leuven (CiTiP) (BE)
Athena Christofi is a doctoral researcher at KU Leuven (CiTiP). She conducts her research within the SPECTRE project (funded by Research Foundation - Flanders), which investigates data protection challenges in smart cities and how they could be addressed effectively. Potential solutions explored include the development of a collaborative smart city DPIA method, and the leverage of public procurement rules to enhance data protection in the smart city context where public-private-partnerships are prevalent. Athena holds an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe. Before joining CiTiP she worked as an academic assistant at the College of Europe, as a trainee at the Legal Service of the European Commission and as a legal advisor at a consulting firm.
Einstein Center Digital Future, University of the Arts (DE)
Prof. Dr. Maximilian von Grafenstein LL.M. is Professor of Digital Self-Determination at the Einstein Center Digital Future in Berlin (allocated at the University of the Arts). He is also co-head of the research program “Data, Actors, Infrastructures: Governance of Data-Driven Innovation and Cybersecurity” at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). Max’ research focuses on the regulation of data-driven innovation focusing on “Data Protection and Security by Design”. Since September 2019, he is Vice President of the Academic Board of the European Association of Data Protection Professionals (EADPP).
Independent Media Artist and Designer (NL)
Roos Groothuizen is a media artist with a passion for digital rights. As part of art collective Telemagic and as a solo-artist, she researchers and contextualises our human relationship with invisible technology. By making these themes tangible, she forces spectators to take part in interactive, game-like experiences that are always inhibited by the consequences of information filters and algorithms.
STOA/EPRS - European Parliament (EU)
Dr Mihalis Kritikos is a Policy Analyst at the European Parliament working as a legal/ethics advisor on Science and Technology issues (STOA/EPRS) and Fellow of the European Centre of Excellence on the Regulation of Robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. He has worked as a Research Programme Manager for the Ethics Review Service of the European Commission, as a Senior Associate in the EU Regulatory and Environment Affairs Department of White and Case (Brussels office), as a Lecturer at several UK Universities and as a Lecturer/Project Leader at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA).