COMMUNICATIONS IN THE AGE OF TECHNICAL TRACEABILITY

Roma 7 Ottobre, 09:00-13:00
Sala delle Conferenze - Autorità per la Protezione dei Dati Personali
Pza Montecitorio, 123 A

 

The central theme of the workshop is the ever more vital role of new forms of electronic communications in the life of civil society and the risks deriving from monitoring of these communications by state and private actors. The PASION project shows us that new information technologies create new opportunities and new risks. The lowering of storage costs makes it easy to memorize messages and files even for small actors. New tools make it possible to analyze messages sent and received and to analyze social networks of communications partners. New technologies (such as those developed in PASION) create new channels for the communication of non-verbal and context information - including information on location and users' emotional states. Dulcis in fundo biometric and crytographical technologies make it posible to "certify" the origin and content of communications.

The basic hypothesis motivating the workshop is that these new technologies represent a fundamental change in current models of social interaction. Undoubtedly, they offer new new modes of communication. However, the tracability of modern electronic communications is also a danger, in particular for the continuous, free and informal exchange of ideas that lies at the roots of modern civil society and democracy.

 In this setting, the workshop has two goals. The first is to describe the facts: to identify the true potential and dangers of new telecommunications technology through the study of practical cases involving modern and fixed telecommunications, search engines and social networking sites, together with emerging technologies such as location-based services, Social Networks Analysis, use of psychophysiological data, cryptography and authentication, biometric technologies etc.) The second goal is to analyze the consequences and to look for answers to a number of key questions: what new social practices do we need? How far can we use technology to defend us against technology? And when technologies provide genuinely useful protection, how can we encourage users to take them up?  What is the proper role of legislators and regulators? Finally, what should we do to make the public more aware of these issues? 

 

 

 

Speakers

Stefano Rodotà (Chair)
Università di Roma la Sapienza
Introduction

Davide Fabrizio
Telecom Italia S.p.A.
The future of telecommunications: privacy and ethics - the viewpoint of  a major telecommunications operator privacy e etic

Cosimo Comella
Garante per la Protezione dei Dati Personali
Traditional Telecommunicatios - privacy implications

Francesco Pizzetti
Presidente Garante per la Protezione dei Dati Personali
Greeting

Mauro Paissan
Garante per la Protezione dei Dati Personali
" Social Networks, a mine of personal data "

Luciano Gamberini
Università di Padova
Novel uses of social networks

Giuseppe Bianchi
Università di Roma Tor Vergata
New technologies for privacy protection

Richard Walker
Xiwrite S.r.l.
Putting it all together: new practices, new dangers, new technologies and new rules

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