15 October 2020

Global Warning: Law Enforcement in the Age of Big Data, AI & Democracy under Threat EDEN goes to the island - 5th EDEN Event on Data Protection in Law Enforcement

Published 2 months, 1 week ago

Online Conference on 15 October 2020 on VirBELA


We are living in interesting times that are influenced by sometimes breath-taking technological developments. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new buzzword now framing a debate mainly focused on big data in previous years. The rise of AI technologies requires a new dialogue and awareness of the related cybersecurity as well as data protection challenges. In order to address these challenges, cooperation across different sectors and among different stakeholders is essential. In particular, law enforcement needs to be prepared to combat the criminal abuse of such technologies, ultimately making cyberspace a safer place for all.

Many of the underlying issues are interlinked and affect not only law enforcement but go well beyond. Some argue that the very foundations of our democratic society are at stake. The Cambridge Analytica scandal involving the abuse of personal data of up to 87 million Facebook users in order to influence the result of democratic elections comes to mind. Also the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement or the concept of data retention are sometimes regarded as non-compliant with the principles of a democratic society. The existence of deep-fakes puts into question whether we should still believe what we seem to see.

The aim of the event is to discuss these questions with stakeholders from various backgrounds including law enforcement, representatives of relevant private parties, academia, NGOs, regulators, legislators, etc. How can law enforcement enhance both, freedom and security, in a world which is more data driven and complex every day? Global warning: the fundamental right to data protection has to be at the very heart of this debate to take place at Europol Headquarters.

The event is organised by Europol's Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN) in cooperation with ERA and will bring together internationally renowned practitioners from law enforcement and security authorities with privacy experts, academics and civil society representatives.

Key topics

  • Surveillance capitalism/mass surveillance in the digital world
  • AI and Big Data challenges in the area of law enforcement
  • Data protection – data revolution: what changed?
  • Facial recognition in criminal investigations
  • Facial recognition: our new best friend in criminal investigations

Who should attend?

Law enforcement officials, data protection officers, representatives of national data protection authorities, academics also being members of Europol's Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN).

How it works

We will take you on a journey to a virtual island and a conference centre which offers different spaces to organise events. You will first have to download the VirBELA software on your personal computer, sign up and create your avatar.

Create your avatar

Feel free to dress up the way you would like to; this is probably the only conference where you will be able to walk around in flip flops and with a cowboy hat. Once your avatar is set up you will be able to walk around our island.

Explore the island

You can move on our island freely and engage in the debate on #dataprotection and #lawenforcement. Two spaces will be available: the auditorium where you will be able to see and participate in the panels and the beach where we will have a gathering after the conference. At the beach, you will enjoy live music and will have the opportunity to network and engage with participants as part of our ‘EDEN Happy Campers’ privacy camp.
As you walk around the island you can switch your microphone on and talk with other people! Be careful as anyone can hear what you are saying unless you are in a designated private space (markings on the floor indicate such spaces).