Online annual conference 2020: “Self-determination and privacy – design options for a European path”, November 12th / 13th, 2020
Moderation: Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser, Head of Economic Affairs “DIE ZEIT”
Regulatory, social, technical and economic perspectives for self-determined life and privacy in the digital transformation of society
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Digitization triggers extensive change processes on a social, economic and legal level. Overall, there are five interlinked, technology-driven trends that are driving the far-reaching socio-technical transformation processes: The ubiquity of smartphones as the dominant end devices in information and communication technology, the spread of the Internet of Things, the platform economy, the spread of social networks and advances in Artificial Intelligence.
These trends permeate all areas of life. Against the background of rapid developments, tensions arise between expectations of technological progress and a changing culture of privacy and publicity. We have long ceased to be dealing with an isolated innovation with limited and predictable effects. Digitization has meanwhile produced socio-technical infrastructures (networks, communication spaces, work organization, legal regulations, etc.) without which everyday life can hardly be managed and which have thus become the backbone of our modern society. Today we are at the transition to a phase in which these developments have global effects, in that they become the basis of the prevailing economy and question previous values. The concrete effects are broadly diversified and create numerous new possibilities: digital technologies enable individuals to participate in new forms of participation and distributed communication, digital media allow access to global content regardless of time and place, and digital helpers support and provide numerous routine activities Individuals have more information and control, e.g. over their own health. On the other hand, increasing digitization is also accompanied by undesirable developments and uncertainty on the part of users: digital platforms turn employees (often precariously employed) into “entrepreneurs”, traditional media publics threaten to be overlaid by numerous echo chambers, Schools and hospitals are developing into real laboratories for new monitoring technologies. All of this is connected with the promise of better controllability of business, politics and society on the one hand, while on the other hand, large-scale behavioral control mechanisms are used to realize the promise, on the effectiveness and goals of which the individual can hardly influence the public (cf. Zuboff 2018). This has an impact on the freedoms of individuals throughout their lives, including but particularly for vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities or children who do not have all the skills to protect themselves. Politics and society on the one hand, while on the other hand, large-scale behavior control mechanisms are used to realize the promise, the mode of action and goals of which the individual can hardly influence the public (cf. Zuboff 2018). This has an impact on the freedoms of individuals throughout their lives, including but particularly for vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities or children who do not have all the skills to protect themselves. Politics and society on the one hand, while on the other hand, large-scale behavior control mechanisms are used to realize the promise, the mode of action and goals of which the individual can hardly influence the public (cf. Zuboff 2018). This has an impact on the freedoms of individuals throughout their lives, including but particularly for vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities or children who do not have all the skills to protect themselves.
In view of the abundance of challenges as a result of the developments mentioned, the European Union and Germany are pursuing a so-called “third” or “European path”, which aims to advance technology development with a European character aimed at the common good. This approach sees itself as an alternative to a purely profit-oriented digital capitalism of globally dominant IT companies and the totalitarian digital authoritarianism of the Chinese variety. Instead, the idea of a free digital market should be brought into harmony with democratic values and basic rights, so that the potential is preserved while negative effects are reduced. Not only the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation, but also the further debates in this context reflect this development: This includes the Federal Government’s data and blockchain strategy, the recommendations of the Data Ethics Commission, ambitious large-scale projects such as GAIA-X, but also efforts by the EU with regard to a European data strategy or platform regulation. In the field of science there are also numerous research undertakings that address the question of the status of robust democratic forms of public and private life, individual and collective self-determination, guaranteeing fair working conditions and the common good, social integration and guaranteeing other values among the Dedicate the conditions of the digital society. At the same time, digital problems are a constant topic of the feature pages and also occupy art and literature to a great extent.
The Privacy Forum is now taking up these issues with its seven years of expertise on data policy developments (including the critical support of the NSA surveillance scandal and the Cambridge Analytica Facebook data scandal in the US presidential elections, the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation, and much more) the endeavor to provide suggestions for design perspectives. Based on technical, legal, economic, humanities and social science knowledge, the focus is on the (re-) definition and guarantee of informational self-determination and privacy in the digital world. As part of the 2020 annual conference, research results from the “Forum Privacy” and the diverse contributions of related scientific (multidisciplinary) and practical (regulatory, design, data protection) efforts with a view to the transformation potential of digitization and the role of privacy and data protection will be discussed. After the previous conferences have been devoted to the topics “Future of informational self-determination” (2015), “Further development of data protection” (2017), “Future of the data economy” (2018) and “Data protection in schools and children’s rooms” (2019), this Annual conference the aspect of the design are in the foreground. data protection) efforts with a view to the transformation potential of digitization and the role of privacy and data protection are discussed. After the previous conferences have been devoted to the topics “Future of informational self-determination” (2015), “Further development of data protection” (2017), “Future of the data economy” (2018) and “Data protection in schools and children’s rooms” (2019), this Annual conference the aspect of the design are in the foreground. data protection) efforts with a view to the transformation potential of digitization and the role of privacy and data protection are discussed. After the previous conferences were devoted to the topics “Future of informational self-determination” (2015), “Further development of data protection” (2017), “Future of the data economy” (2018) and “Data protection in schools and children’s rooms” (2019) Annual conference the aspect of the design are in the foreground.
Therefore, the guiding question of this year’s conference is: “Which design options are suitable to ensure self-determination and privacy in the digital age too?”
The annual conference invites you to discuss how information technology can be designed on the one hand, which design options, on the other hand, beyond technology in the narrower sense (such as in law, politics, economics), and how technology-induced change can be addressed and implemented in a way that makes sense for society can. The developments and challenges described relate to a large number of subject areas and questions. As an example, we want to focus on the following topics and offer a first, non-exhaustive pre-sorting of the topics to which the respective contributions can address:
Topic complex 1: Technical change
Interaction between technology and regulatory, economic and social norms and framework conditions:
- Analysis of recent technical developments with regard to possible threats to privacy and to other fundamental rights and values.
- Possibilities and approaches for an integrative design of technology taking into account ethical, social and legal requirements at an early stage.
- (Pro) active design approaches and methods for privacy-friendly systems.
- Operationalization of the principle of “data protection by design & by default”.
- Approaches to strengthen the “digital sovereignty” of users and citizens in a rapidly changing digital world.
- Approaches to strengthen the data processing actors in fulfilling their legal data protection obligations.
Topic complex 2: Privacy governance in the information society
Shaping privacy governance in the information society:
- Influence of the digital world on the norms regulating it and the possibilities of normative design of the digital world.
- Approaches for a normative design of the digital world that promotes privacy and self-determination (technology, organization, economy, coexistence).
- Effects of the General Data Protection Regulation and possibilities for its further development.
- Options for structuring data protection within the framework of the General Data Protection Regulation and suggestions for their use.
- Governance needs and forms of governance for the challenges of privacy and self-determination.
Topic complex 3: Value creation and design options: Self-determination in data economies
Consumer relationships and business models:
- What innovative business models and possibly new forms of value creation logic to promote privacy and self-determination are there and how can they be classified?
- How does data economy-driven technology design affect social and economic processes of all kinds – from the production of fake news to the establishment of the principle of popularity and the use of addiction-generating mechanisms to the socio-technical and normative redefinition of privacy ?
- What possibilities are there to integrate public values into the design of digital infrastructures of the social – and which related business models seem promising?
- How can digital infrastructures of the social beyond privately organized platforms be organized or returned to democratic control?
- Since knowledge about the social always also shapes the social, the question arises: How can the data about the social, which is for the most part economically and state-collected, be democratically distributed and regulated? How should users be integrated into data collection processes and how should the providers communicate?
- What approaches are there to balance the knowledge and power asymmetry between consumers on the one hand and providers on the other? How should suitable user interfaces be designed and what influence do digital ecosystems have on such asymmetries?
Topic complex 4: Justice and innovation
Ethics and democratic communication relationships:
- Requirements for fair participation in data protection practices and questions of the democratic realization of privacy concepts.
- Mechanisms of the connection between privacy and social inclusion and exclusion at the level of the individual user.
- Acquire and implement privacy and data protection competence throughout the life cycle at the individual and institutional level.
- Civil society action to strengthen democracy through privacy and data protection.
- Data protection and privacy as the right to an open future for children and young people.
- Fair distribution of data protection and privacy in social work, the welfare system, health care, school and education.
- Normative guidelines regarding questions of inclusion and exclusion in connection with privacy and digital technologies, in particular:
- How do values change in an increasingly networked society?
- Are there new concepts of privacy that differ significantly from our previous ideas?
The call for papers is aimed at all scientists in the technical and engineering disciplines, law, sociology, political science, psychology, ethics, philosophy, economics, media and communication studies. Cross-disciplinary submissions are particularly welcomed.
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Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburg)
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Deadlines for submitting articles for the conference book
|Feedback on the manuscripts||11/30/2020|
|Submission of the print-ready texts||December 11, 2020|
Prof. Dr. Alexander Roßnagel, University of Kassel ( conference leader )
Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner, Fraunhofer SIT | TU Darmstadt ( conference leader )
Prof. Dr. Regina Ammicht Quinn, IZEW | Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Dr. Michael Friedewald, Fraunhofer ISI
Dipl.-Inform. Marit Hansen, ULD
PD Dr. Jessica Heesen, IZEW | Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hess, LMU Munich
Prof. Dr. Nicole Krämer, University of Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Jörn Lamla, University of Kassel
Prof. Dr. Christian Matt, University of Bern | LMU Munich
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