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Thoughts from panel discussion at GCCS 2015: Rethinking the social impact of new technologies

BLOG: I was recently on a panel with Erik Huizer, Philip Brey and Tom de Bok moderated by Dinand Tinholt. We were discussing the social implications of ‘new’ technologies e.i. robotics and AI.

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“You’re going in the wrong DIRECTION!”

BLOG: Surveillance is the default. We need a change of direction. But waking up society can be a challenge. Did we hit the trucks yet?

It’s a Steve Martin and John Candy farce. Passenger: “He says we are going in the wrong direction”. Driver shrugs: “ah he’s drunk. How would he know where we are going? He he… what a moron!”

Youth, privacy and online media: Framing the right to privacy in public policy-making

by Gry Hasselbalch Lapenta, Rikke Frank Jørgensen

PUBLICATIONS: The right to privacy is a fundamental human right defined in international and regional human rights instruments. As such it has been included as a core component of key legislature and policy proceedings throughout the brief history of the World Wide Web. While it is generally recognized in public policy making that the right to privacy is challenged in new ways in a structurally transformed online public sphere, the way in which it has been framed does not seem to acknowledge this transformation.

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Writing a book: The Privacy Paradigm Shift in Business Development

PUBLICATIONS: Pernille Tranberg og Gry Hasselbalch are currently writing a book about Data Ethics in business development. The book is based on more than 40 business cases worldwide. Expected publication in English and Danish summer 2016.

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Den anden digitale kløft: Køb og sælg dit privatliv på nettet

(Read an English shorter version of this article here: THE SECOND DIGITAL DIVIDE: PAY FOR PRIVACY AND TRADE WITH PRIVACY)

BLOG: I fremtiden kan du købe forskellige grader af privatliv på nettet. Hvis du har råd til det.

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The Second Digital Divide: Pay for Privacy and Trade with your Privacy

– by Gry Hasselbalch

If you weren’t already aware of it, you are being profiled online and your personal data traded in a billion dollar data industry. Don’t worry, most people don’t know much about this. The personal data market is incomprehensible to the average consumer mostly because the trades with their data happen without their direct involvement. And this seems to be the main problem when great minds have to come up with innovative solutions to today’s privacy invasive online business models. The fact that consumers are not involved directly in the trade. That they don’t get their cut of the cake. “Pay for Privacy” and “Trade with Privacy” become the norm, presented as the most fair solutions. But fair to who? Perhaps it’s more a question of a change in fundamental perspective?

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CTRL YOUR DIGITAL FOOT PRINTS

AWARENESS RAISING: “Every day we leave huge amounts of digital footprints on the internet. We can’t prevent all of the footprints in being collected. But we can control many of the traces if we know the right tools. In this movie two teenagers investigate their own digital identity and learn how to control their digital footprints.”

I took part in this film made by Danish Save the Children Denmark in 2014 as one of the “experts”. The film is in Danish but with English subtitles. Watch it with your kids!

Maciej Cegłowski’s talk on the evolution of the surveillance pr default business model

BLOG: If you still didn’t read Maciej Cegłowski’s talk from May 2014 on the evolution of the surveillance pr default business model of the internet, please do so now. It cuts straight through the narratives of industry, government and other interest groups in the surveillance- privacy – internet debates of today and exposes them for what they are: specific views with specific interests heavily embedded in very specific power structures. Enjoy!

“My point again: it’s silly to pretend that keeping mass surveillance in private hands would protect us from abuses by government. The only way to keep user information safe is not to store it.” – Maciej Cegłowski

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Recap of Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Protection Conference, Brussels 2015

BLOG: “It’s like preaching to the converted” one participant tells me when I arrive one day into the CPDP 2015 conference. And so it is. The meta narrative of the conference is so univocally clear and concurred that the Twitter feed #CPDP2015 is almost at a stand still. Expect from occasional ill received peeps from US representatives about compliance with EU data protection standards and so on and so forth, privacy is generally viewed as a business opportunity, an EU competitive differentiator and a legal right (yes, one still need to emphasise that).

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Next: “The Selfie Drone” – which laws apply?

– by Gry Hasselbalch

The drones are arriving. Not only as military devices. But as a new business model, a different way of conducting journalism and a new research tool. The tiny device will fly high above and with images add a new perspective that reveals a world of detail that would not have been possible from a ground perspective. According to the media and journalism scholar Kathleen Bartzen Culver presenting at this weeks panel “Drones at the margins” at the annual CPDP 2015 conference it is estimated that the US will have between 20.000 – 30.000 drones by 2020 and that drones will be a 90 billion dollar industry in the future. Evidently so called ‘drone laws’ and policies are emerging aimed at framing the conduct of people and institutions with the devices. Continue reading “Next: “The Selfie Drone” – which laws apply?”

Privacy Talks – If you ask!

AWARENESS RAISING: Lovisa Inserra from our Global Privacy as Innovation Network has made some great interviews for the network at the Internet Days in Sweden November 2014. Here’s one of my favourites with Annie Machon: http://vimeo.com/112891036 We want to continue talking with experts, advocates, academics, activists etc. about privacy and innovation in the digital age. Keep an eye for future interviews by Lovisa on the networks site

Looking for privacy businesses, tech developers, advocates and academics in Italy

PUBLICATIONS: I’m currently researching privacy as innovation in Italy. Any suggestions as to who to talk to? Contact me with details

Conversations about privacy: Data ownership makes perfectly good sense in an open society

BLOG: Words are powerful. Used to justify specific ways of looking at the world and the nature of things, they have real consequences. I am currently looking at the societal conversation about privacy and the way in which these conversations inhibit us to think innovatively about society at large. Here’s another clash of discourses that impede us in our conversations about privacy: The conversation about “data ownership” in the digital age.

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Privacy as Innovation round table at the IT University of Copenhagen

TALKS & EVENTS: Key experts from an interdiciplinary field met in Copenhagen in November 2014 to discuss privacy as innovation.

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The Radio Crypto Party

AWARENESS RAISING: “Henrik Kramshøj is a Whitehat-hacker with his own company, Gry Hasselbalch is active in Privacy and has previously worked for the Danish Media Council for Children and Young People and Alexander Mills is a High School student with a particular interest in safety in cyberspace. I november Aflyttets host Anders Kjærulff invited them to talk about safety and privacy in two programmes…”. The Danish radio programme Aflyttet “Surveilled” brought these two programmes to guide and provide listeners with tools to safeguard their privacy in 2014. Listen to them here (in Danish).

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Be unpredictable

AWARENESS RAISING: One of the greatest challenges today is the societal habitualization to the digital surveillance society. If surveillance and prediction is the norm, accepted as the natural state of affairs, people stops questioning it.

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Study of Youth, Privacy and Social Media: Facebook is a precondition for social participation

PUBLICATIONS: In 2013 the think tank Digital Youth conducted a study among Danish youth in 11 focus groups to explore their strategies to control their privacy on social media.

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Recap of Privacy as Innovation session at Internet Governance Forum 2014

Last week I chaired the Privacy as Innovation II workshop at the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul (the Privacy and Innovation I workshop we held at IGF 2013, Bali).

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The Global Privacy as Innovation Network

– by Gry Hasselbalch, September 2014

The Global Privacy as Innovation Network views privacy as an opportunity and an economic and social investment. That is; we see privacy as innovation.

The network exchanges knowledge, ideas and information about new emerging services, networks and guidelines on privacy innovation that are being created worldwide right now.

The network was established at the Privacy as Innovation II session at the 9th Internet Governance Forum September 2014. We are not funded, but organized and developed by voluntary work by individuals.

Want to know more? Contact me or visit the Global Privacy as Innovation Network’s official website here

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Language, power and privacy

Talk at the Indie Tech Summit, Brighton, July 2014
This is the direct transcript of my talk (thank you to the Indie Tech team for doing all the work!) DONT WANT TO READ? SEE THE TALK HERE

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Privacy as Innovation: Background paper, IGF 2014

Privacy is a key emerging issue in Internet Governance processes. Looked upon most often as an area of risk and protection, it is in this paper viewed as an area of opportunity and innovation. A paradigm shift is on its way. This entails a shift in focus where the legal protection of privacy rather than being described solely as an area of governance, policy making and basic human rights guarantee, or as an obstacle to innovation and sharing, can be viewed as the foundation for the evolution of digital media businesses that more critically understand digital media as an evolving architecture of human social relations, and privacy as a new basic market demand. Privacy is core to an ethical evolution of the internet, but it is increasingly also a business model and business opportunity in its own right.

Read the full background paper here

“The right to privacy online” (English translation of my op ed in the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende)

In 1992 the public gained access to the former Eastern Germany secret service Stasi archives. They consisted of 180 kilometers files and 35 million other documents, photos , audio, documents and taped phone conversations. The archives are evidence of a gigantic effort. Physical penetration into people’s homes, hours of interception and handling of information. Stasi was established in 1950. This was also the year the European Convention on Human Rights was defined (signed in 1953 ) . Two years before in 1948, the UN Declaration on Human Rights was signed. Both had and still have an article on the right to privacy.

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Outline: Civil society, legal/interstate and technical community responses to the challenges to privacy (talk on “Privacy in the Age of Big Data” )

We have moved on to an important stage in the evolution of the internet characterized by an increasing demand from all sectors of society to regain control. This stage is comprised by legal/interstate responses to the challenges to privacy, technical community responses and civil society sentiments and actions.

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Tillid

“Tillid” har været år 2013’s buzz-word. Alle taler om ”tilliden til internettet”, som noget, der skal genskabes og genopbygges. Og den ”mistillid”, der er fulgt efter sidste års afsløringer om masseovervågning, præsenteres som et kerneproblem. Men måske vi skulle vente lidt med at genskabe tilliden til internettet.

This post is in Danish, because it was written for the Danish version of the Day we Fight Back campaign 11 February 2014.  Read the English translation here

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Digitaleunge.dk – A Danish site for youth and teachers with info on topics related to internet governance, rights and responsibilities online

In 2013 I co-founded the Danish Think Tank Digital Youth. The think tank’s primary website consists of more than 70 articles and blog postings on topics related to internet governance and individual’s rights and responsibilities online. As editor of the site I also included a number of links to tools, surveys and guides.

I worked at the Danish Media Council for Children and Young People at that time, so it made perfectly good sense to provide youth and teachers with a tool of “translation” in plain language to help them understand internet governance and deal with their right and responsibilities online.

Check out the site here

The internet is broken – but we are still asked to “trust” it?

– by Gry Hasselbalch

“Trust ” was the word of the year. Everyone talks about “trust in the Internet ” as something that needs to be restored and rebuilt. And the mistrust in the internet that followed last year’s revelations about mass surveillance is presented as a core problem. But perhaps we shouldn’t aim to reestablish trust in an internet that is fundamentally broken, before we have actually fixed it.

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