Panel Discussion



30 October 2018 at 6pm

at the House of European History


The development of networks and digital communities blurs distinctions between privacy and self-disclosure. In a context of ‘state emergency’ measures as well as personal data surveillance, how can citizens’ rights be preserved? What about social media? How free speech is protected when the frontier between public and private lives become blur? Is the European Union protecting our privacy enough? How is the EU doing this?

The speakers


Bénédicte Rey is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Belfort Montbéliard (UTBM) in France. Author of La vie privée à l'ère du numérique (Privacy at the digital age), her research at RECITS lab (Research in industrial, technological and scientific choices) focuses on behaviours and technologies.

Kimmo rousku

Kimmo Rousku is a broad-based digitization researcher, non-fiction writer and ICT expert, with over 30 years of information and cyber security expertise. He has extensive experience in state administration, and over the 9 last years he has specialized in developing information, digital and cyber security, risk management and data protection, and developing and utilizing the potential of digitalization to public sector. He currently works at the Population Register Center of Finland as the General Secretary of the Government Information Security Management Board (VAHTI).

Marta Peirano

Marta Peirano is a Spanish writer, journalist and long-time advocate for citizen privacy, government transparency, digital security and community based infrastructure. Recently, she has been the Culture and Technology editor at Spanish national newspaper Member of multidisciplinary collective Elástico, she is also the co-director of COPYFIGHT festival and cofounder of CryptoParty Berlín. Her most recent book, El pequeño Libro Rojo del activista en la Red (The Little Red Book of Online Activism) is an essay about the impact of digital surveillance, with a foreword by Edward Snowden.

The moderator


Karl van den Broeck is a Belgian journalist and essayist. In charge of the Culture column for the Belgian daily De Morgen for twenty years then editor-in-chief of Knack for six years, he is now the editor-in-chief of the news website and a conference and debate organiser at BOZAR.

Practical Information


At the House of European History, rue Belliard 135, 1000 Brussels

On Tuesday, October 30th 2018 at 6pm

Discussions in original languages, with English interpretation.

Free entrance

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