Save the Date! Our 2nd “Digitising Europe” Initiative Event with the Vodafone Institute on Big Data and Privacy


“Big Data: Key to the Future or the End of Privacy?”
Monday, January 25, 2016
6:00p – 7:45p at the BOZAR in Brussels

EU decision-makers have called for a new, open discussion on how best to harness the social benefits that big data brings while protecting the dignity and the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals. The Vodafone Institute and the Data-Pop Alliance invite you to join a debate on the motion: “Big Data: Key to the Future or the End of Privacy?”


The debaters:

Kenneth Cukier, Data Editor of The Economist and co-author of “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think” and

Dr Linnet Taylor, Marie Curie Research Fellow, “Data for Development: the Implications of New Types of Digital Data for International Development”, University of Amsterdam; Research Affiliate, Data-Pop Alliance


Followed by a discussion with:

Kevin O’Connell, Member of the Cabinet of EU Commissioner for Justice Vĕra Jourová
Joe McNamee, Executive Director, European Digital Rights (EDRi)
Nico van Eijk, Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law, University of Amsterdam
Nicklas Lundblad, European Public Policy Director, Google
Rob Shuter, CEO, Vodafone Netherlands
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Post-Doctoral Fellow, MIT and Harvard University; Research Affiliate, Data-Pop Alliance

Hosted by:
Matthew Kirk, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Vodafone Institute, in partnership with the Data-Pop Alliance

Moderated by:
Frances Robinson

Doors open at 5.30pm, the debate starts at 6.00pm, and a reception will follow.

This is the second in a series of European events planned by the Vodafone Institute and Data-Pop Alliance. For further details of the Vodafone Institute and its “digitising europe” initiative to advance pan-European discussion on the digital economy of Europe, please visit: and .


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