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CPDP2022 - Call for Panels - Data Protection & Privacy in Transitional Times

[CPDP Conferences 14th international conference]

Call for Panels CPDP2022 – Data Protection & Privacy in Transitional Times

CPDP is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we will follow recommendations concerning travel and public events. At this time, we are continuing preparations for CPDP2022 to take place in Brussels on January 26-28. However, we will review this on an ongoing basis as well as engaging in contingency planning. We are also working on alternatives to the physical conference. We will update you on any decisions promptly.

This call for panels is aimed at academic consortia, research projects, think tanks and other research organisations and welcomes proposals that address issues of data protection and privacy in transitional times. (Another call, to individuals for academic research papers, will go out next week).

There have been major shifts in technology adoption during times of crises as emergency measures forced societies and economies to become more reliant on digital technologies and infrastructures. The increased dependence on a few companies for vital technological infrastructure has also escalated calls for ‘digital sovereignty’ in Europe. Besides bidding to form future models for data governance and the data economy, the EU has also laid out plans to pioneer legislation governing the use of artificial intelligence. In this pivotal moment, engaging in transatlantic, multidisciplinary dialogue has become of central significance.

As the most recent and salient example, the pandemic has led to the reassertion of nations, sovereignty and borders in myriad ways. Among the most evident realities of the pandemic was sorting populations back into their nations of passport. It has also enabled new means of establishing and justifying borders with long term closures and the introduction of new digital identity infrastructure such as vaccine passports.

Amidst all these developments, what are the major dynamics at play which aim to influence future models of data and technology governance? What is law’s task in the wake of epidemics that exacerbate inequalities and unjust data practices? While “data as asset” approach is gaining a stronghold in political discourse, what are the future imaginaries for data protection law?

The theme of CPDP2022 is ‘Data Protection & Privacy in Transitional Times'. We welcome cutting edge panels in all areas related to technology, privacy and data protection, but particularly invite proposals that fit the general conference theme.

We particularly seek panel proposals addressing the following topics:

  • Data sovereignty and other emerging data governance models
  • Digital borders and data protection law
  • Digital infrastructures as sites of power
  • Data cooperatives and community ownership of data
  • AI governance
  • Public health surveillance
  • Surveillance of migration and borders
  • Data protection and law enforcement
  • Fundamental rights in the digital environment
  • New perspectives on privacy and data protection
  • Regulatory platform governance approaches

We encourage panels that are well-balanced, multidisciplinary, geographically and gender diverse. We also welcome different types of sessions such as debates, roundtables, workshops and other non-conventional formats. More information about rules for panel composition and submission can be found here.

Find the Call for Panels here

Please Note

Chosen institutions, organisations or EU research projects will become CPDP2022 event partners. This implies that the event partner is able to finance all costs of the panel speakers (travel and lodging) in addition to paying a conference contribution of €1300. In return, the event partner will be granted a number of benefits such as logo recognition, conference bag insert and full conference registration for the panelists.

As part of our contingency planning, digital partnership options will be available with a set of benefits adapted to the virtual conference setting. Please contact us at for more information.

Organisations such as nonprofits for whom the panel fee would cause financial hardship can get in touch after submitting their panel proposal.

Panel proposals should be submitted through the online form here. Please fill in the form as completely as possible. ​

Key Dates

  • Final panel submission: July 5th, 2021
  • Notification sent to panel convenors: July 16th, 2021
  • Panel organisation finalised: October 15th, 2021
  • Dates of CPDP 2022: 26th to 28th January 2022

If you have an innovative idea for the set-up of a panel or workshop or have any questions regarding potential panel topics, please contact the organisers at

Warm regards,

The Programming Committee and the Scientific Committee

Would you like more information and to stay up to date? Do you have any questions or would you like to get involved as a partner or a sponsor? Please visit our website or send us an email: Or follow CPDP on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For videos from past conferences, visit our YouTube Channel.

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