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“Are we going to continue on the road and just allow the governments to do more and more and more control - more and more surveillance? Or are we going to set up something like a Magna Carta for the world wide web and say, actually, now it's so important, so much part of our lives, that it becomes on a level with human rights?”

"Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it."

           Tim Berners Lee on BBC Radio, Mar 2014.

The Enlightenment movement of the 18th Century, marked a shift in individual-state-enterprise relationships, today the Digital Enlightenment movement works to better understand the ways in which individuals, governments and enterprises are redefining their relationship through the use of technology.

The theme of this year’s conference is: the individual (in her many societal roles) in relation to the ever increasing dimensions of the technological (digital) environment.  We bring together a range of views: technologists, anthropologists, engineers, social scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, policy makers and leaders of civil society organisations in order to better understand how humans engage with digital life and which options emerge.

Given the rapid pace at which non-anticipated technological innovations develop and swiftly integrate in peoples’ lives, new ways of thinking and talking about the role of ‘the digital’ are required, thus allowing people to have a complete and correct understanding of what their real options are and to help develop meaningful forms of accountability, transparency and regulation of data processing, that can keep pace with the ‘bit per second’ lives of individuals today.

Digital Enlightenment Forum aims, through these new ways of thinking and talking about “The Citizen – Negotiating life in The Digital World” to develop proposals for how best to move forward. The inter-relation between individuals and the technological environment will define the future organization of living, working and citizenship.

For speakers and topics see the draft programme link on top of this page.

After two successful Forums in Luxembourg (2012) and Brussels (2013), we will address in this Forum these inter-relations and their consequences.

The Forum will be held on 25-26 March 2015 in Kilkenny (Ireland).

Digital Enlightenment Forum cordially invites you to the DEF Forum 2015.

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Additional Remarks
The conference theme follows on from the papers collected in the Digital Enlightenment Yearbook 2014, in which the issue of how individuals relate to their networks and wider society in a data-driven world, was explored from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including computer science, law, history, information management, information security, sociology and statistics. The papers show that there is scope for both optimism and pessimism.

Event Format
Wednesday afternoon: we start with presentations and discussions on running EC projects that relate to the topics of discussions/debates on Thursday. Of course this may stimulate participants to meet and discuss ideas about future projects.
Thursday: will show a mix of keynote speakers and parallel sessions culminating in conclusions that aim to make a real step forward.


Digital Enlightenment Forum 2015 - Programme Committee 

Peter F. Brown, Consultant, US 

Peter Burgess, Director PRIO, Norway, Prof Vrije Univ Brussels 

Jacques Bus, Secretary General DEF, Belgium 

Jan Camenisch, Research Director, IBM, Zuerich, Switzerland 

Kim Cameron, Distinguished Engineer Microsoft, US 

Bernd Carsten Stahl, Director CCSR, Univ De Montfort, Leicester, UK 

Sandra Collins, Director Digital Repository Ireland, RIA, Ireland 

Stefan Decker, Director, Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway, Ireland 

Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven, Belgium 

Willie Donnelly, Vice President R&I WIT, Ireland 

Luciano Floridi, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, UK 

Harry Halpin, W3C, IRI, France 

Mireille Hildebrandt, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands 

Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Commissioner, Brussels, Belgium 

Willem Jonker, CEO ICT Labs, European Institute for Technology 

Ronald Leenes, Director TILT, Tilburg University 

Volkmar Lotz, Director Security Research SAP, France 

Sadhbh McCarthy, Director, CIES, Ireland 

Kieron O'Hara, University of Southampton, UK 

Reinhard Posch, CIO Austria, Univ Graz, Austria 

Michel Riguidel, Prof Paris Tech University, Paris, Fance 

Wouter Van Wijk, Senior Public Affairs Manager Huawei, Belgium


Download Committee List Here


Welcome to Digital Enlightenment Forum


25-26 March - Info and Registration HERE

View the list of event speakers

People should enjoy the kind of autonomy and freedom online that they do offline and therefore we support the position and rights of the individuals in their relation to the new society.

How can digital technology best be used to express and develop our identities in an integrated on/offline world.

Our multi-stakeholder approach seeks to make business, institutions and governments more effective and fit to purpose for digitally empowered citizens and consumers.

A profound dialogue must replace the “truthy” clichés about competing interests that so often are used to justify stagnation and inefficiency.

We bring the Enlightenment metaphor to action in searching game-changing solutions that stimulate innovation and sustainable evolution, and are beneficial to all.

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DEF Session on Personal Data at CPDP
22 - 24
DEF at "Trust in the Digital World"
DEF Debates - Cyber Security for Europe
Digital Enlightenment Forum 2015
25 - 26

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This year's focus is on the relationship of individual with their networks, and explores "Social networks and social machines, surveillance and empowerment".

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