IA representative at the conference on access to information in the digital era

IA’s Public Policy Researcher, Milica Milonjić, participated at the conference on Internet as commons and the new politics of commoning organized by the SHARE Foundation, with the support of Heinrich Boell Foundation, Institute for Political Ecology and Green European Foundation. The event took place from May 19-21, 2016, in Belgrade.

The conference gathered more than a hundred participants from all over Europe. During open discussions and panels, they debated a wide range of topics, particularly stressing the question of legal framework within the European Union which deals with fundamental rights in the digital environment, such as the protection of personal data and the free access to knowledge and art. The question of impact which citizens of EU Member States can have on the process of drafting the EU legislation and what role in this process have big business and IT forces was also accentuated.

Participants were concerned with the issues of respect for the principles of democracy and human rights when collecting large amounts of data from social networks, sensor data, etc. (big data); liability of companies for the abuse of citizens’ data; transparency of algorithms; copyright in the era of sharing economy; collision / complementarity of right to privacy and right to access of information, as well as protection of personal data and the public’s right to know; modalities for the involvement of experts in policy-making; protection of whistleblowers and leakage of information; regulatory models for responsible disclosure of user generated content.

Some of the participants of the conference were:

  • Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament from Germany
  • Nevena Ružić, Head of Compliance and Cooperation Department at the Serbia’s Office of Information Commissioner, Vice Chair of Consultative Committee of the CoE Convention 108 (data protection), Republic of Serbia
  • Nataša Pirc Musar, lawyer and former Information Commissioner, Slovenia
  • Aleksandar Todorović, OCCRP, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ásta Helgadottir, member of the Pirate Party in the Parliament of Iceland
  • Prof. Rainer Kuhlen, University of Konstanz, Computer and Information Science Department, Germany
  • Stevan Dojčinović, KRIK / OCCRP, Serbia
  • Jeanette Hofmann, Humboldt University, Institute for Internet and Society, Germany
  • Peter Sunde, Pirate Bay, Sweden
  • Paula Petričević, Ombudswoman, Daily “Vijesti”, Montenegro

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