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Upcoming Related Event: The Digital is Political, Isn't It? Critical approaches to surveillance technologies and big data​

Date: 22-23 November 2016

Venue: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

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This event aims to take stock of ongoing research that engages and explores the digital, in relation to practices that define, control and steer societies and individual behavior. One of our goals is to discuss the potential and the limits of different critical approaches to surveillance technologies, but also to examine the rise of digital data and practices in various areas of societal life.

Algorithms, computers, databases, smartphone applications, interfaces and the Internet are among the technologies that support, hamper, or more in general, influence our daily doings. News about the scope of mass-surveillance, the occurrence of data security breaches, and the promises of potential of big data analytics, remind us how the digital has become part and parcel of our socio-political environment. While its inner workings remain often discreet and out-of-sight, the digital increasingly mediate our everyday lives. This event suggests that digital technologies, (big) data and practices are not only central to different political arenas, but that they in fact have begun to bring about their own political workings. If digital things play a constitutive role within our societies, how can we discuss something like politics and the digital, as well as the politics of the digital?

Some key questions are:

  • What does it mean to adopt a critical take in relation to the digital?
  • What are the most promising entry points for studying the political dimensions of the digital? (E.g. algorithms, critical infrastructure, institutional policies, societal controversies, etc.)
  • What are the methodological challenges raised by the growing variety and distribution of surveillance practices?
  • How are security and risk management redefined by practices of data processing?
  • How do institutional politics and policy-making relate to the digital? And what are the political arenas that digital practices give rise to?​
​​This workshop is organized as part of the research and dissemination activities of the NordSTE​VA Digital Matters Research Group, and of the PRIO Strategic Initiative on Surveillance and Data Protection in Europe.

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Related Event: SecurePART final conference “Strengthening the links between Civil Society Organizations and Security Research”

Date: 3 March 2016

Venue: European Economic and Social Committee, Building Trèves, Room TRE 7701 -7th Floor, Brussels.

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SecurePART invites you to the project’s Final Conference that will take place on the 3 March 2016, 11:00-17:00 CET at the European Economic and Social Committee, Building Trèves, Room TRE 7701 -7th Floor, Brussels.

At this conference we will discuss in two roundatbles the SecurePART findings about benefits and challenges of strengthening CSO engagement in security research. SecurePART will formulate in its final Action Plan to the European Commission recommendations in order to help link Civil Society Organizations with researchers, industry, and policy makers in a productive way, so that Security Research contributes to making society more secure.

If you wish to be part of the discussion and attend the event, register in time under (seats are limited).

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Related Event: The European Union in International Affairs V - Call for papers and Panels

Deadline to submit Paper abstracts & Panel proposals: 19th October 2015

Date: 11-13 May 2016

Venue: Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten (KVAB) - Paleis der Academiën, Hertogsstraat 1, B-1000 Brussels

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The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), and Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations invite paper abstracts and panel proposals for the fifth European Union in International Affairs (#EUIA16) conference. The EUIA conference provides a multidisciplinary forum for discussion and exchange of ideas amongst scholars, experts and policy-makers engaged in understanding the role of the EU in the world. This broad theme encompasses the dynamic interplay between the EU, its member states and external partners. The EUIA conference integrates ‘inside out, outside in’ perspectives covering different fields of policy and law. We encourage the submission of paper abstracts and panel proposals that integrate empirical examples from various policy fields focusing on ‘the EU in the world’.


Related Event: 6th International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP-15)

Date: 15-17 July 2015

Venue: Queen Mary University London, UK

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This conference follows the successful IDSS (Intelligent Distributed Surveillance Systems) events held in 2003 and 2004 and ICDP 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013, to bring together researchers, industry, end-users, law-enforcing agencies and citizens groups to share experiences and explore areas where additional research, development and better working practices are needed, identify possible collaboration and consider the societal impact of such technologies. 

The 6th International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP-15) aims to create an important networking forum in which participants can discuss the present and future of image-based technologies for crime detection and prevention. 

ICDP (and its predecessor IDSS) has traditionally been a special meeting point of different disciplines (computer science, social science, engineering, management, etc.) and an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the many different aspects of the application of imaging technologies in this socially crucial domain.

Paper submission timetable
29 April 2015 (extended) Submission of full papers (6 pages)
25 May 2015 Notification of acceptance
15 June 2015 Submission of camera-ready papers
15-17 July 2015 Conference

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Related Event: International conference series on 'Behavior, Economics and Socio-cultural Computing' (BESC)

Date: 30 October - 1 November 2015

Venue: Nanjing, China

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The aim of this international conference series on Behavior, Economics and Socio-cultural Computing (BESC) is to increase potential collaborations and partnerships by bringing together academic researchers and industry practitioners from data mining, statistics and analytics, business and marketing, finance and politics, and behavior, economic, social and psychological sciences with the objectives to present updated research efforts and progresses on foundational and emerging interdisciplinary topics of BESC, exchange new ideas and identify future research directions. All accepted papers will be published by IEEE and included into the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. The conference proceedings will be indexed by EI Compendex. Top quality papers accepted and presented in the conference will be selected for extension and publication in the special issue of some international journals, including World Wide Web Journal (SCI), Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering (SCI), Social Network Analysis and Mining and Data Science and Deep Analytics.

Deadlines: Research Paper Abstract Submission: June 10, 2015; and Research Paper Submission: June 17, 2015

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Related Event: ‘New Directions in Urban Security’ Symposium

Date: Thursday March 5th, 2015

Venue: Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast, UK 

Exchange ideas and good practices on dealing with urban security, and learn how innovative thinking and technology can be applied in your area to protect its socio-economic vitality! The security of urban regions is vital to the well-being of its inhabitants and is a crucial factor of performance of the local and national economies. With urban societies becoming more multifaceted, effective and efficient decision making on security and safety affairs has never been as important as now, especially in light of declining resources and new societal risks. At the ‘New Directions in Urban Security’ symposium’, we look at approaches adopted by law enforcement agencies and municipal authorities to improve their urban security, decision making and policy support. 

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Three main reasons why you should attend this symposium:


1.            Exciting speakers from various European urban security stakeholders

2.            Sharing and discussions of practical approaches to urban security challenges based on best-practices in Europe

3.            Networking opportunities for future urban security research

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Related Event: ASEN Conference on ‘Nationalism: Diversity and Security'

Date: 21st to 23rd April 2015

Venue: London School of Economics, UK 

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Nationalists are concerned that the nation should be secure from both external and internal threats. When the state is regarded as a nation-state, these threats are turned into issues of national security and integrity. On the one hand, there are perceived external threats from other states and non-state entities such as international criminal groups and international terrorism. On the other hand, minorities and immigrants may be perceived as internal threats, which do not recognise the legitimacy of the nation-state or are not regarded as truly belonging the nation. Further, in an age of global migration and porous borders it becomes increasingly important to define both who belongs to the nation and from whom they should be protected. This conference considers how both internal and external threats are becoming ever more connected and changing the nature of national security and diversity in nation-states.

Each of the three days of the conference will be punctuated by plenary sessions consisting of presentations from two distinguished academics. The first plenary usually has a theoretical and general focus; the second an historical one; and the third is concerned with contemporary and policy issues. Each provide different perspectives on the conference’s central theme of the relationship between nationalism, security and diversity.

Registration is now open! See for all the details and to register now.


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