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Saurabh Vishnubhakat

Conference on Pluralism or Universalism in International Copyright Law (Univ. of Cyprus)

Pluralism or Universalism in International Copyright Law

May 31–June 1, 2018
University of Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus



The aim of the conference is to deal with the contemporary evolutions of copyright law under a comparative perspective. With the adoption of the Berne Convention a vast movement of minimum harmonisation of the national copyright legal frameworks was engaged. The projects aims to define whereas this movement is nowadays still valid or the influence of new technologies and the phenomena of regional harmonisations endanger the ideal of a universally harmonised copyright law.

In the Global Village which is driven by technological breakthroughs, the territorial constraints related to national copyright laws are seen as an impediment to the reality and the dynamic potential of the borderless circulation of copyright protected goods. Faced to the challenges of new technologies of communication, national copyright laws are in a research of elasticity and of drastic reforms. This could lead to a fragmentation of the international legal framework due to divergent national responses. For instance, while sharing some general common principles (such as the three step test), the issue of new copyright exceptions has been handled differently in the USA and in Europe.

The notion of EU regional harmonisation refers to the continuous effort – mainly at a legislative level, but also as a consequence of a certain form of judicial activism – of harmonisation of the national legal frameworks at the European Union level. This harmonisation leads to the creation of a new set of rules, whose compatibility with the international legal framework has to be discussed.

Therefore, the conference aims to answer two interrelated questions: is the Berne’s Convention ideological heritage of harmonisation of Copyright laws in peril? Should this eventual plurality of national responses be seen as a concern or, on the contrary, should a policy of a more profound regionalization of Copyright law be opted?

The conference is addressed to a wide audience and is expected to be attended by lawyers, students, artists, creators, publishers, audiovisual and music producers, information portals, Press representatives, police and other state authorities and a host of private bodies, while at the same time, approximately 30 prestigious academics and researchers from both Cyprus and several other countries and universities around the world, will elaborate all the issues emerged, aiming to a fruitful educational procedure.


  • Agnes Lucas Schloetter, Senior lecturer and researcher at the Chair for Civil Law, Intellectual Property and Competition Law at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
  • Alain Strowel, Professor Université Saint-Louis, UCLouvain, Munich IP Law Center, Attorney, Brussels
  • Alexandra Bensamoun, Professor of Private Law, University of Rennes 1, Director of the Master “Propriété intellectuelle fondamentale et technologies numériques” (Univ. Paris-Sud/Paris-Saclay – Univ. Laval, Québec)
  • Antoon Quaedvlieg, Professor of Private Law at Radboud University, Lawyer at KLOS C.S
  • Bernt Hugenholtz, Professor, Faculty of Law, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Christophe Geiger, Professor of Law, Director General and Director of the Research Department of the CEIPI, University of Strasbourg
  • Daniel Gervais, Professor of Law at Law School of Vanderbilt University, Professor of French at College of Arts & Science of Vanderbilt University, Director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program
  • Dionysia Kallinikou, Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Estelle Derclaye, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham
  • Graeme Dinwoodie, Global Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Jonathan Griffiths, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • Jorgen Blomqvist, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
  • Marisella Ouma, Deputy Solicitor General, Legal Advisory and Research Department, Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice of Kenya
  • Martin Husovec, Assistant Professor, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)
  • Matthias Leistner, Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität LMU,Munich, Chair of Private Law and Intellectual Property Law, with Information and IT-Law (German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) Chair)
  • Michel Walter, Honorary Professor at the University of Vienna, Visiting Professor at the Danube University in Krems
  • Orit Fischman Afori, Professor of Law, Dean of the Haim Striks School of Law, College of Management
  • Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Paul Torremans, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham
  • Philippe Jougleux, Associate Professor of Private Law, European University Cyprus
  • Raquel Xalabarder, Professor of law, Chair of Intellectual Property at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) School of Law and Political Science
  • Severine Dusollier, Professor, SciencesPo Law School
  • Tatiana Eleni Synodinou, Associate Professor, Department of Law, University of Cyprus
  • Ysolde Gendreau, Associate Dean for external relations and communications, Faculty of Law, University of Montreal, Associate Dean for external relations and communications

CFP: 29th International Telecommunications Society (ITS) European Conference

29th International Telecommunications Society (ITS) European Conference

August 1–4, 2018
University of Trento
Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
Trento, Italy



Today, information and communication technologies (ICT) are an integral part of our society and economy. Ever increasing numbers of people have access to mobile handsets and the Internet, revolutionising not only how we communicate but also creating a myriad of new products and services.

The most recent of new products and services are often prefaced with the term ‘smart’. ‘Smart’ ICT applications facilitate productivity improvements, aligning supply with demand and improving goods and services. They also generate substantial amounts of data, allowing an often very detailed understanding of the users of smart applications to be gained by companies and governments alike. This data encourages innovation, which has resulted in new products and services that can create jobs and bring countless benefits to users.

The initial enthusiasm associated with ‘smartness’ has, however, started to wane. The socio-economic benefits of ‘smartness’ are sometimes unclear. Smart meters may be popular, especially with governments, but who really benefits and are these devices really smart? The data that smartness generates is a valuable resource, but who owns it and can innovation be maintained while protecting the privacy of those who generate it?

Moreover, if the number and diversity of devices associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) comes to fruition, considerable amounts of new fixed and wireless infrastructure investment will be needed. Who will pay for this, and whether the business models of infrastructure and service providers are economically sustainable, is not yet clear. And are we prepared to accept the massive increase in the number of base stations required by 5G with their negative impact on both the urban and rural landscapes?

Notwithstanding the many socio-economic benefits associated with ICT, some commentators have questioned how the sector will develop over the course of the next few years. This uncertainty, which manifests itself in problematic, sometimes unsustainable and disputable, business models and a reluctance for companies to invest, is just one of the issues that will be discussed at the forthcoming 29th European regional conference of the International Telecommunications Society in Trento, Italy. In addition to papers exploring how the industry will develop in the coming years and those addressing sustainability, we welcome submissions on a range of topics as outlined below. Theoretical and empirical papers are welcome.

Track 1. High capacity networks

  • Investment strategies for very high capacity networks
  • Public-private interplay for high capacity networks
  • Interoperability and standards of broadband networks
  • Fixed broadband access networks for rural areas
  • Role of content providers in broadband access networks
  • The role of key user groups in encouraging the diffusion and adoption of high capacity networks

Track 2. Disruptive technologies and IoT

  • Technological opportunities and limits of IoT technologies
  • IoT and spectrum; needs and challenges
  • The disruptive nature of IoT;
  • Business models and challenges across sectors
  • Security and privacy concerns with IoT
  • Smart everywhere: energy, agriculture, mobility, etc.
  • Regulatory challenges of smart applications
  • Stakeholder interactivity in smart ecosystems

Track 3. Drivers of ICT ecosystem: content and applications

  • Consumer and developer perspectives of application platforms
  • Virtual/augmented reality content
  • Multi-channel networks and user-generated content
  • Content leverage in the ICT market
  • Mobile instant messaging and applications

Track 4. Understanding the dynamic nature of ICT markets

  • Innovative business models and blockchain technologies
  • Platform competition in the mobile world
  • Development and evolution of business models in digital markets
  • M&A and strategic partnerships within or between ICT markets

Track 5. Pro-active policies and regulation in digital markets

  • The opportunities and limits of spectrum licensing
  • Allocating spectrum efficiently to new entrant and incumbent companies
  • Net neutrality policies for network, platform, and content providers
  • Institutional aspects of the cloud market
  • Privacy regulation

Track 6. Towards environmentally friendly sustainable ICT

  • Green ICT; manufacture and recycling of devices, energy consumption
  • Global co-operation and national initiatives
  • Global governance
  • The impact of ICT infrastructure sharing  on the environment
  • ICT standardization initiatives

Submissions addressing any other subject relating to telecommunication systems and markets are also welcome.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be about 2 pages (800 to 1000 words) in length and contain the following information:

  • Title of the contribution
  • A clear statement of the research question
  • Remarks on methodology adopted in the paper
  • Outline of (expected) results
  • Bibliographical notes (up to 6 key references used in the paper)

Abstracts should be submitted via Easychair. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one. Existing accounts can be used to submit your abstract.

Please submit your abstract via:

All abstracts will be subject to blind peer review.

Download Call for Papers 


Local Organizer



  • Dr. Brigitte PREISSL
    German National Library of Economics, Hamburg, Germany

Exploring Transatlantic Data Privacy: GDPR (Suffolk Transnational Law Review 2018 Symposium)

Exploring Transatlantic Data Privacy: GDPR
Suffolk Transnational Law Review 2018 Symposium

Thursday, March 29 at 10am–4pm EDT
Suffolk University Law School, 5th Floor Commons
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA



Introducing GDPR

  • Lisa Popadiec, GDPR Subject Matter Expert and Director of Legal Development at SECLORE

A Conversation with General Electric’s Global Chief Privacy Officer

  • Renard Francois, Esq.

Panelist Presentation on Cybersecurity GDPR Issues

  • David O’Brien, Esq., Senior Researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Panelist Presentation on Common Privacy Violations

  • Christopher Hart, Esq., Attorney at Foley Hoag, LLP, specializing in internationa litigation, Data Privacy & Security

Panelist Presentation on Privacy and Information Governance in Biotechnology

  • Susan Wise, Chief Privacy Officer, Biogen
  • Joe Nugent, Esq., Privacy Counsel, Biogen


Carly A. Herosian,

CFP: Second Workshop on the Protection of Long-Lived Systems (PLLS 2018)

Second Workshop on the Protection of Long-Lived Systems (PLLS 2018)

September 17–19, 2018
Estonia Resort Hotel & Spa
A.H. Tammsaare pst 4a/6
Pärnu, Estonia



The 2nd workshop on the protection of long-lived systems, PLLS 2018, will take place in Pärnu, Estonia, September 17-19, 2018.  PLLS 2018 focuses on technical, organizational, economical and legal aspects of long-term protection of systems.  The PLLS workshop series was kicked off in 2016 in relation to the long-term security initiative  The proceedings of PLLS 2018 will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

Original contributions on technical, legal, social and economical aspects of protecting systems that are intended to work or have been working during a long period of time are solicited for submission to PLLS 2018. Submissions are welcome on any topics related to long-term security, including, but not limited to:

  • Quantum-safe cryptography
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Information-theoretic cryptography
  • Bounded storage and noisy channel model
  • Renewable cryptography
  • Reconfigurable cryptography
  • Security by using physical layer properties
  • Models for long-term security
  • Design for long-term security
  • E-government systems: ID-cards, i-voting, etc.
  • Block-chains and long-term threats
  • Long-term secure archives
  • Long-term secure management services
  • Long-term secure multi-party computation
  • Delegation of computation
  • Remote untrusted databases
  • Socio-technical security, risk analysis
  • Economical aspects of systems’ protection
  • Legal aspects
  • Adversarial machine learning
  • Fairness of classification algorithms
  • Prediction of future threats


PLLS 2018 is supported by the CROSSING research centre, Darmstadt University of Technology, Tallinn University of Technology, Guardtime AS, and Cybernetica AS.

Music Licensing – Proposals for Reform (Technology Policy Institute)

Music Licensing – Proposals for Reform (Technology Policy Institute)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12–2pm
Lunch will be provided
Top of the Hill Banquet & Conference Center
1 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002



While the popularity of streaming services is continuing to rise, the music licensing regime is becoming increasingly outdated and harmful to industry participants and consumers. In an attempt to address these problems, Congress is considering four major pieces of licensing reform legislation-the largest such package in many years.

The Technology Policy Institute will host a conference focused on the legislative and regulatory issues surrounding music licensing from 12.00pm – 2.00pm on March 20, 2018. The conference will be held at Top of the Hill, 1 Constitution Ave, NE.

TPI’s music licensing conference will discuss current issues in music use, legislative proposals to reform a broken system and forge a way forward that will bring clarity and equity to a licensing framework that currently is neither.

Following introductory remarks by Congressman Doug Collins, one of the lead sponsors of the Music Modernization Act, a panel of industry experts will discuss these issues. Panelists include:

  • Chris Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Media Association (DiMA)
  • David M. Israelite, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA)
  • Panos A. Panay, Vice President, Innovation and Strategy, Berklee College of Music
  • Bill Rosenblatt, Founder, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies


Event Contact: Jane Creel, 202-828-4405,

Press Contact: Chris McGurn, 202-828-4405,

The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at

The Future of Media: An Epic Battle (Technology Policy Institute)

The Future of Media: An Epic Battle (Technology Policy Institute)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:15–3:30pm
Top of the Hill
1 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002




The media landscape is changing rapidly, making it difficult for policy to keep up. Top-ranked Wall Street analyst Laura Martin will discuss her newest report, “The Future of Media: An Epic Battle,” in which she explores the changes and their implications.

The Internet giants control global distribution platforms with billions of consumers visiting them each day. Each are planning to spend billions of dollars in 2018 to create original video programming in an effort to disrupt and displace the incumbent TV and film ecosystems. Who wins this epic battle has broad ranging consequences for consumers and policy makers.


The “Internet Aggregators” built their fortunes by aggregating consumers (FB), information (GOOG), products (AMZN), content (NFLX), and apps (AAPL). Each of these Internet Aggregators has announced it will spend $3-8 billion in 2018 to create premium video content in an effort to take revenue, viewers, and time away from the incumbent TV and film content creators and distributors. They wield significant competitive weapons including: 1) deeper pockets; 2) a lower cost of capital because Wall Street holds them to different valuation standards; 3) global distribution and revenue footprints; 4) mobile dominance; 5) loss (ie, negative ROI) tolerance. Ominously, they move fast without regard to ecosystem health, as evidenced by the value destruction of several historical media ecosystems. We believe that their war will ultimately be against one another, but their battle over TV and film economics represents an important skirmish in that end game.


From an over-the-air US TV industry generating less than $10B in revenue in 1980, the US TV ecosystem spent the next 35 years together building one of the most successful US consumer products of all time: the linear TV bundle. At its peak reach in 2010, 88% of US households paid a subscription fee to the TV ecosystem for access to 250+ Pay-TV channels. Although mega-bundle Pay-TV subscribers are now declining, revenue has continued to rise, reaching about $170B in 2017. The US TV ecosystem has proven robust because it has hundreds of frenemy corporations negotiating (a core competence) unique long-term contracts with each other that forward their own best interest. Whenever any company gets an edge, others follow. Also, it’s an ancient ecosystem, meaning high specialization and companies that succeeded by out-competing every company that came before.

Best Questions

Will Internet Aggregators successfully disrupt the incumbent TV and film ecosystems? What does that fight look like and what do “defeat” and “victory” mean? What will the video content and distribution companies look like after the battle? Laura Martin has a point of view. She will discuss her report and address these questions, and yours, at this event.


Event: Ashley Benjamin, 202-828-4405,

Press: Chris McGurn, 202-828-4405,

The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at

CFP: 8th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI ’18)

Call for Papers:  8th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI ’18)
Co-located with the 27th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security ’18)

August 14, 2018
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202



The 8th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI ’18) will bring together researchers and practitioners from technology, law, and policy who are working on means to study, detect, or circumvent practices that inhibit free and open communications on the Internet.

Internet communications drive political and social change around the world. Governments and other actors seek to control, monitor, and block Internet communications for a variety of reasons, ranging from extending copyright law to suppressing free speech and assembly. Methods for controlling what content people post and view online are also multifarious. Whether it’s traffic throttling by ISPs or man-in-the-middle attacks by countries seeking to identify those who are organizing protests, threats to free and open communications on the Internet raise a wide range of research and interdisciplinary challenges.


We encourage submission of new, interesting work on a wide variety of topics of interest, including but in no way limited to the following areas:

  • Measurement, detection, and analysis (including metrics) of Internet censorship and censorship circumvention tools
  • Techniques to detect, circumvent, or analyze the impact of mass surveillance or its effects
  • Usability and performance studies for censorship-resistant systems
  • Understanding censoring adversaries and attack capabilities, including theoretical modeling/analysis and surveillance tools
  • Deployment of circumvention mechanisms in real-world platforms such as Tor
  • Legal, economic, policy, social, and ethical analysis of issues in relation to Internet censorship, surveillance, or surveillance/censorship circumvention practices and tools
  • Legal, economic, policy, social, and/or ethical considerations in the design and deployment of censorship or censorship-resistant tools
  • The role of private corporations in enabling surveillance and censorship
  • Effects of censorship or surveillance on individuals, society, business, or political processes
  • Extraterritorial effects of domestic and regional legislation on global populations seeking free and secure communications

We emphasize that this workshop seeks to draw submissions from a range of disciplines. As such, non-technical work that examines the wider implications of censorship, surveillance, and their effects will be considered favorably.

What to Submit

FOCI will favor interesting and new ideas and early results that lead to well-founded position papers. We envision that work presented at FOCI will ultimately be published at relevant, high-quality conferences. Papers will be selected primarily based on originality, with additional consideration given to their potential to generate discussion at the workshop. Papers in the technical track will also be evaluated based on technical merit.

FOCI is a single track event, but we invite two distinct types of paper submission: technically-focused position papers or works-in-progress; and papers focused on policy, law, regulation, economics, or related fields of social science and study.

Submission Guidelines

  • Technical Papers: Submitted papers must be no longer than six 8.5″ x 11″ pages, based on the standard USENIX format. References will not count towards the six-page limit.
  • All Technical Track papers should be in the standard USENIX format. Specifically, regarding page limits, your paper should be typeset in two-column format in 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, with a text block no more than 6.5″ wide by 9″ deep, on U.S. letter-size (8.5″ x 11″) paper.
  • Law/Social Science Papers: Submitted papers must be no longer than 15 8.5″ x 11″ pages based on the standard USENIX format or, if preferable, 15 single-spaced pages using normal 8.5″ x 11″ format pages. Shorter papers are encouraged where possible, though organizers will be more flexible on page count with this track, granting exceptions on a case-by-case basis. References will not count towards the page limit.
  • Law/Social Science Track papers are not required to be in the standard USENIX format but can be. Papers must still fit on U.S. letter-size (8.5″ x 11″) paper. This track aims to encourage submissions from fields such as law, economics, and public policy, where longer articles are traditional.

Authors should not submit technically-focused papers to the social science track in order to avoid page limits—such papers may be rejected out of hand.

Papers must be submitted via the submission form, and must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous review: no author names or affiliations may appear on the title page, and authors should avoid revealing their identities in the text. When referring to your previous work, do so in the third person, as though it were written by someone else. Only blind the reference itself in the (unusual) case that a third-person reference is infeasible.

Please do not hesitate to contact the program co-chairs at if you have any questions about the submission process or other aspects of FOCI ‘18.

Papers that do not comply with the submission requirements, including length and anonymity, may be rejected without review. All accepted papers will be available online to registered attendees before the workshop. If your paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on the day of the workshop, August 14, 2018.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details. Note, however, that we expect that many working papers accepted for FOCI ’18 will eventually be extended as full papers suitable for formal academic publication and presentation at future conferences, and such papers are eligible for submission to FOCI.

Questions? Contact your program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office, Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX FOCI ’18 website; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

CFP: 13th IFIP Summer School 2018 on Privacy and Identity Management

Call for Papers:  13th IFIP Summer School 2018 on Privacy and Identity Management
Fairness, Accountability and Transparency in the Age of Big Data

20–24 August 2018
Vienna, Austria


  • Website:
  • Submission Deadline:  10 May 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance:  20 May 2018
  • Full Papers for Pre-proceedings:  8 August 2018
  • First Feedback Review:  20 September 2018
  • Paper Submission for Springer Proceedings:  10 November 2018
  • Notification to Authors:  10 December 2018
  • Camera-Ready Copy for Proceedings:  10 January 2019

Background and Goals

We are inviting contributions to this IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management from students who are at the stage of preparing a master or a PhD thesis as well as young researchers and practitioners. The school is interactive in character, and is composed of plenary lectures and workshops based around Master/PhD students’ presentations. The principle is to encourage young academic and industry entrants to the privacy and identity management world to share their own ideas, build up a collegial relationship with others, gain experience in making presentations, and potentially publish a paper through the resulting book proceedings.

This Summer School is a joint effort between the IFIP Working Groups 9.2, 9.6/11.7, 11.6, and Special Interest Group 9.2.2, of different European and national projects. The 2018 IFIP Summer School will bring together junior and senior researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines to discuss important questions concerning privacy and identity management and related issues in a global environment subject to change. This Summer School is not a “taught course”: it does enable, however, students to gain credit points for presenting and attending, and their paper to be considered as a candidate for a Best Paper award.

Basic Elements

The Summer School takes a holistic approach to society and technology and supports interdisciplinary exchange through keynote and plenary lectures, tutorials, workshops, and research paper presentations. In particular, participants’ contributions that combine technical, legal, regulatory, socio-economic, social or societal, political, ethical, anthropological, philosophical, historical, or psychological perspectives are welcome. The interdisciplinary character of the work is fundamental to the School.

The research paper presentations and the workshops focus on involving students, and on encouraging the publication of high-quality, thorough, research papers by students/young researchers. To this end, the School has a three-phase review process for submitted papers. In the first phase, submissions are short abstracts as a minimum (full papers are possible). Submissions within the scope of the call are selected for presentation at the School. For accepted submissions the full papers are to be submitted latest before the Summer School takes place and they appear in the (unreviewed) pre-proceedings. In a second review phase, the full papers are reviewed soon after the Summer School. The students are invited to resubmit their full papers, after they have revised them based on two sets of feedback: the discussions that took place at the Summer School, as well as a formal written review by programme committee members. In the third review phase, after the full papers are resubmitted, they are reviewed again for inclusion in the School’s proceedings which will be published by Springer.

Submissions by senior researchers and participants in European, national, or regional/community research projects are also very welcome, and are generally published in a separate section of the book volume.

Submitting Papers / Abstract

The abstract submissions should contain a concise problem statement, an outline, and clear messages (they should not be about work ‘to be done’). On acceptance of the abstract, authors are to submit their full papers of up to 16 pages in length in Springer LNCS format. These versions of the papers will be made available to all participants in the Summer School pre-proceedings.

After the Summer School, authors will have the opportunity to revise and re-submit their full papers (again in Springer LNCS format, with a maximum of 16 pages). These versions should address the questions and discussions raised on the paper during the Summer School as well as in the detailed reviews provided by the Programme Committee members. These revised papers will be considered for publication in the Summer School proceedings published by Springer, the official IFIP publisher. The papers to be included in the final proceedings will again be reviewed and finally selected by the Summer School Programme Committee. Students are expected to try to publish their work in this volume.

Call for Tutorials and Workshops

The School also seeks contributions in the form of tutorials and workshop proposals from all disciplines (e.g. computer science, informatics, economics, ethics, law, psychology, sociology, history, political and other social sciences, surveillance studies, business and public management). The timelines for submission of these tutorials and workshops are the same as those of the student papers. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: concepts, technologies and applications, design, enforcement mechanisms, effects, attitudes, and user practices.
Tutorials are expected to last one or two hours. Proposals should contain a short summary and state the level and background required for attendees to follow the tutorial.

Workshops are expected to last one or two hours and must generate short papers that recapitulate the outcome and the kinds of discussions raised in the School, for inclusion in the post-proceedings. Proposals should contain a short statement summarising the topic(s) to be discussed and the expected contributions from the audience members e.g. responding to a questionnaire or conducting a small experiment. Proposers should indicate whether any special equipment is needed for the workshop, such as audiovisual systems or computational equipment and support.

How to Submit

Extended abstracts (2-4 pages) must be made in PDF format, in the Springer LNCS template (, and using the Easychair System:


General Chairs

  • Stephan Krenn (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology), TBA

Programme Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Eleni Kosta (Tilburg University), Jo Pierson (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Daniel Slamanig (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology)

IFIP Summer School Steering Committee

  • Jan Camenisch (IBM Research – Zürich), Simone Fischer-Hübner (Karlstad University), Marit Hansen (ULD), Anja Lehmann (IBM Research – Zürich), Igor Nai Fovino (JRC), Charles Raab (University of Edinburgh), Kai Rannenberg (Goethe University Frankfurt), Diane Whitehouse (The Castlegate Consultancy)

CFP: Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum for Law and STEM

Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum for Law and STEM

September 28–29, 2018
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Chicago, IL



The Northwestern, Penn and Stanford Law Schools are pleased to announce that the Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago on September 28-29, 2018. The Forum is dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the intersection of Law and Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM). The Inaugural Forum was held in October 2017 at Penn Law. The forum is currently seeking submissions from junior faculty interested in presenting papers at the forum. The deadline for
submissions is Friday, June 8.

Twelve to twenty young scholars will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the participating junior faculty, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. Participating junior faculty are expected to stay for the full duration of the Forum.

Our goal is to promote interdisciplinary research exploring how developments in STEM are affecting law and vice versa. Preference will be given to papers with the strong interdisciplinary approaches integrating these two areas of study.

The Forum invites submissions on any topic related to the intersection of law and any STEM field. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies
  • Computational law
  • Customized medicine
  • Genetics and epigenetics
  • Machine learning and predictive analytics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Online security and privacy
  • Regulation of online platforms
  • Robotics
  • Synthetic biology

A jury of accomplished scholars with expertise in the particular topic will select the papers to be presented. Suggestions of possible commentators are also welcome.

There is no publication commitment, nor is previously published work eligible for presentation. There is no publication commitment and previously published work isn’t eligible for presentation. Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford will pay presenters’ and commentators’ travel expenses, though international flights may be only partially reimbursed.


To be eligible, an author must be teaching at a U.S. school of higher education in a tenured or tenure-track position and must have received their first tenure-track appointment no more than seven years before the conference. American citizens or permanent residents teaching abroad are also eligible to submit provided that they have held a faculty position or the equivalent, including positions comparable to junior faculty positions in research institutions, for less than seven years, and that they earned their last degree after 2008. We accept jointly authored submissions so long as the presenting coauthor is individually eligible to participate in the Forum and none of the other coauthors has taught in a tenured or tenure-track position for more than seven years. Papers that will be published prior to the meeting in September 28-29, 2018, are not eligible. Authors may submit more than one paper, but no author will be allowed to present more than one paper.

Paper Submission Procedure

Electronic submissions should be sent to Law-STEM Junior Faculty Forum. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 8, 2018. Please remove all references to the author(s) in the paper. Please include in the text of the email a cover note listing your name, the title of your paper, and the general topic under which your paper falls. Any questions about the submission procedure should be directed both to Professor David Schwartz ( and the email account for the Forum conference coordinator (

Further Information

Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to David Schwartz at the Northwestern University School of Law, Christopher Yoo at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, or Mark Lemley at the Stanford Law School.

Third Annual Digital Information Policy Scholars Conference (GMU Scalia Law School)

Third Annual Digital Information Policy Scholars Conference

Friday, April 27, 2018
Antonin Scalia Law School
George Mason University
Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201



The George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP) will hold the Third Annual Digital Information Policy Scholars Conference to be held on April 27, 2018.  The mission of PEP is to promote the sound application of economic analysis to issues surrounding the digital information economy through original research, policy outreach, and education.  The annual Digital Information Policy Scholars Conference is intended to further this goal by providing a forum to present original research on this important area of the US economy.

Coffee and breakfast will be available beginning at 8:00 am. Lunch, with a keynote speaker, will be held from 11:45 to 1:30 pm. You must register individually for the lunch.

NOTE: If you register for the lunch, we will incur a cost on your behalf. Please do not register for the lunch unless you firmly intend to be there.

Business casual attire is appropriate for this event.