CPDP2019 – Data Protection and Democracy

CPDP is an annual three-day conference devoted to privacy and data protection. The 12th edition of CPDP will be held on 30th January to 1st February 2019 in Brussels. Whilst a number of speakers are specifically invited by the conference, several slots remain open to application through an annual call for papers. The CPDP2019 Call for Papers is addressed to all researchers who wish to present their papers at the next Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference.

The call is split into two different tracks. The first is dedicated to experienced researchers (i.e. from postdoctoral researchers on), while the second welcomes PhD students and other junior researchers. Contributions are welcome from all disciplines with perspectives on the themes of the conference. The dual-track structure of the CPDP2019 Call for Papers aims to meet the increasing interest of researchers – from all levels and from multiple disciplines – in CPDP and their expectations in terms of academic feedback and exchange. Please submit your contribution through the EasyChair conference system through the following link.

The overarching theme of the 2019 edition is “Data Protection and Democracy”. The entwinement between data analytics and democratic processes has been on the spotlight for the better part of the past two years.

From political microtargeting through advertising platforms to voting systems’ security, from external influence over elections to ‘fake news’ and populism, both privacy and data protection have been shown to be fundamental for a healthy democracy. The GDPR has applied since May 25 and is expected to change how companies and governments handle personal information. Will the GDPR serve as a model for a new standard of data privacy around the world? Will the new data protection and privacy frameworks in Europe and elsewhere make a difference? Could they be effectively enforced? What is data protection beyond legislation? CPDP2019 will highlight data protection as a core element of a democratic society.

We welcome cutting edge papers in all areas related to technology, privacy, and data protection, but particularly invite submissions that fit the general conference theme.


The CPDP Scientific Committee invites papers in the fields of law, social sciences, philosophy and computer sciences (as well as other relevant fields). Multidisciplinary papers are particularly welcome. In particular, this call aims to reach researchers whose works relate to new technologies, privacy and data protection. Selected researchers will have the valuable opportunity to present their papers in the conference academic sessions. The main theme highlighted this year is “Data Protection and Democracy”, but we welcome any original topics related to the general themes of the conference and especially encourage interdisciplinary submissions.

Follow this link for more information about the topics presented at previous editions of CPDP.

In case of doubt regarding the suitability of a contribution for the conference, please contact Lorenzo Dalla Corte. (lorenzo.dallacorte@cpdpconferences.org).

Key Dates

  • Deadline for submissions: Sunday 1 October 2018 (23:59 CET).
  • Notification to authors: Monday 3 December 2018.

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will go through a second round of reviews for inclusion in the conference book.


Authors responding to this Call for Papers are asked to submit a full paper via a dedicated webpage on the EasyChair system, together with a short abstract and up to 5 keywords. Authors should select the track for which they are applying in EasyChair: either CPDP2019 Experienced Researchers or CPDP2019 Junior Researchers.

Papers should be between 6000 and 8000 words in length, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Authors must make use of the Chicago reference style (Notes-Bibliography system). The text of the paper should not include the name of the author(s) and all self-references should be deleted. Submissions not meeting these criteria risk rejection without consideration of quality.

Contributions and identifying information should be submitted through the EasyChair conference system following this link.

Papers will be selected on the basis of their quality. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed by members of the CPDP2019 Scientific Committee (and other independent reviewers where necessary) and will be commented upon by distinguished scholars. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be presented at the conference: at least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for the conference and to present the paper. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in the conference book published by Springer.

Selected authors will receive free entrance for the duration of the conference. Funding for travel expenses may be available for PhD Candidates who cannot cover their own costs. If you require funding, please get in touch.

For further details on the conference structure and its main topic areas, interested researchers are invited to visit www.cpdpconferences.org or to contact info@cpdpconferences.org.


30 Jan 2019 - 01 Feb 2019


8:00 - 18:00


AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Brussels, Belgium

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