European Data Ethics Forum 2017

Program for Dataethics Forum 2018

The first European Data Ethics Forum organized by DataEthics and Dansk IT was held Friday September 29th 2017 in Copenhagen.

MISSION: To showcase best cases within privacy tech and data ethics and to share knowledge in the field.


8.30 - Finger-breakfast and registration
9.00 - Welcome by DataEthics
9.15 Evelyn Ruppert will speak about the rise of the privacy-conscious and rights claiming citizens.
10.00 Break In all breaks you can join tables discussing and asking questions on GDPR, it-security & data ethics and AI. The director of the Danish DPA/Datatilsynet, Cristina Angela Gulisano will be at the GDPR/DPA-table. And DataEthics will be at the GDPR/DataEthics table.

10.30 Companies in Privacy Tech each tell max 10 minutes about their business case;
- FindX  Brian Schildt ( is a a private search engine)
- Better  Laura Kalbag ( protects you from behavioural ads and companies that track you on the web)
- Wire  Siim Teller ( is a private chat- og ‘skype’-app, partly supported by the Skype co-founder Janus Friis)
- Purism Zlatan Todoric (Purism is a Social Purpose Corporation manufacturing premium-quality ultraportable laptops w built-in security and privacy-centric features)
11.20 - Debate/Q&A on privacy tech

11.50  Lunch
12.50 Daniel Kaplan What happens when companies go a step further than complying with the law and empower customers with their own data?

13.30 - Companies working with data ethics;
- TomTom  Simon Hania
Fitness and health are two sides of the same coin. Sports watches and fitness trackers collect health related information while you use them. The GDPR includes various new rights such as a “right-to-be-forgotten” and “data portability” to help users stay in control. Yet it also still leaves quite some room for so-called flexibility for the use of data as long as the data protection rules are met. Can privacy-by-design, as mandated by the GDPR also be utilised to also arrive at “ethics-by-design”? Simon will present a case study going into how TomTom tries to distinguish themselves from the competition.
- Mozilla  Raegan MacDonald (Firefox is one of the best for privacy add-ons and Mozilla works actively with privacy)
- LEGO Dieter Carstensen
Lego has over 50 mio kids on their websites and have built systems that are not creepy, as Wired wrote, as LEGO has decided to protect their customers' privacy
- Cliqz Marc Al-Hames is a cool browser where you are sure to be private. They just bought Ghostery - the ad-and cookie blocker.
- Clue - Gregoire Marino, Head of Trust and Safety
Clue ( is a fertility app, where you can track your menstual cycle and work with your data
14.20 Debate/Q&A on data ethics

14.50 Break
15.10 Ethics in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.
Gry Hasselbalch, John C havens, Katryna Dow, The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence. Three presentations and a discussion about the ethical implications of AI.
15.50     Wrap-up by Rikke Hvilshøj Dansk IT
16.00 - Friday Afternoon Drinks and networking

The conference will be facilitated and moderated by DataEthics' Birgitte Kofod Olsen, Catrine Søndergaard Byrne, Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg plus Dansk IT's Anders Kleinstrup Møller


Evelyn Ruppert  is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CRESC) and co-convened a research theme called The Social Life of Methods. She studies the sociology of data specifically in relation to how different kinds of digital data are constituted and mobilised to enact and govern populations.  Evelyn is currently PI of an ERC funded Consolidator Grant project, Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS; 2014-19) and an ESRC funded project, Socialising Big Data (2013-14). She is also Founding and Editor-in-chief of a SAGE open access journal, Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquiries, launched in June 2014.  Her book, Being Digital Citizens (with Engin Isin) was published in April 2015 (RLI International) and Modes of Knowing (edited with John Law) in August 2016 (Mattering Press).

Daniel Kaplan explores the future with one leg in innovation & strategy, and another in fiction and imaginaries. In 2000, he founded of the Next-Generation Internet Foundation (FING), a nonprofit Think-&-Do-Tank that produces and shares novel and actionable ideas to anticipate digital transformations. He directed it until 2016, before stepping down in order to develop a new project called “Imaginizing the Future”. Since the 1990's, Daniel Kaplan has been deeply involved in the Internet’s development and evolution. He currently sits in France's National Digital Council. Mr. Kaplan has written or directed more than 25 books and reports on the internet, mobility and ubiquitous networking, ambient intelligence, e-inclusion, e-commerce, e-education, electronic media, cities, sustainable development, privacy and digital identities, innovation...

Simon Hania has been a leader at the cross roads of telecommunication and information technology, business and regulatory affairs for over 15 years. Simon currently is VP Privacy & Security at TomTom, ensuring the company to globally meet the growing expectations of customers and the increasing regulatory demands with respect to privacy & security. Simon focusses on connected, automated & autonomous vehicles and wearable technologies. By many he is considered to be a privacy & security thought leader in the space of Internet of Things, Cloud and Big Data. Previously at TomTom, Simon was responsible for Technical Operations of Service Delivery, including TomTom Traffic and other location based services. Before TomTom, Simon held various positions in the telecommunications industry, the last being CTO at XS4ALL, the premier internet service provider in the Netherlands. 

Laura Kalbag is a British designer, living in Malmö in Sweden, and working as one half of with the other part, Aral Balkan. They form a tiny social enterprise striving for social justice in the digital age. has an Ethical Design Manifesto , and released their first publicly-available app, Better, last year. Better is a privacy tool for Safari on iPhone ,iPad, and Mac. It protects user from behavioural ads and companies that track you on the web by enforcing the principles of ethical design.

Siim Teller
is the Head of Marketing at WIRE, a privacy focused, end-to-end encrypted messaging platform. Hiim drives all Wire's global marketing efforts, PR and community actvities. Siim’s past experience includes changing the telecom business by helping to grow Skype from the very early days. He also launched GrabCAD, a site that introduced open source movement to mechanical engineers and reshaped the way they collaborate.

Dieter Carstensen is Head of Digital Child Safety at the LEGO Group, a position that sees him involved in defining policy frames for end user safety, the development of age appropriate consumer experiences, as well as ensuring compliant data collection from, and marketing to children. In other words, he works across the digital value chain. He partakes in international work settings addressing safety and responsible marketing to children and digital governance on behalf of the LEGO Group. Prior to working for the LEGO Group, he was a project manager at Save the Children, co-initiator of the European NGO network, eNACSO, and its first Chair of the Board, International Advisor to the EU KIDs Online project, Vice President of the INHOPE Board. Dieter lives with his wife and two children in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Raegan MacDonald, Senior EU Policy Manager, Mozilla. Originally from Canada, Raegan is based in Brussels, Belgium, where she leads Mozilla’s Public Policy work in the EU, and specialises in copyright, net neutrality, privacy and data protection. Raegan is a member of the Steering Group for Code Red, a global initiative to accelerate reform of security organisations. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Brussels Privacy Hub, an academic research institute focused on privacy and data protection. Since March 2014, Raegan is a Privacy by Design Ambassador, an award from the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining Mozilla, Raegan established and led Access Now's Brussels office. Prior to that, Raegan worked with European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of privacy and civil liberties groups across Europe. Raegan is a graduate of the University of Vienna (Austria) and the University of Leipzig (Germany) where she received her Masters in Global Studies.

Brian Schildt is the Chief Relationship Officer at findx, a privacy-focused search engine, developed in Denmark. Brian is responsible for driving the traction strategies and communication channels for findx, covering community activities, content marketing, product development and PR. Brian is experienced in building communities and has a background as a graphic designer. Although online privacy and private search engine development were not initially on his radar, Brian had already planned to spend his days and nights in the start-up environment. By coincidence, he met Brian Rasmusson, and joined him on the adventure of growing a start-up company, Privacore, and building a private browser and truly independent search engine.

Marc Al-Hames is the Managing Director at Cliqz, a private browser with built in search. Marc is a natural-born optimist who enjoys being challenged - and has a strong desire to bend reality in his favor. He encourages his staff - mainly based in Munich Germany - to learn one thing and make one mistake every day - his way of ensuring we're working at the cutting edge. Marc earned his PhD in IT at TUM, worked at McKinsey & Company as an engagement manager, and headed up the Strategy and M&A department at TOMORROW FOCUS AG. He wears brightly-colored socks every day.

John C. Havens is Executive Director of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. The Initiative created a document called, Ethically Aligned Design to provide recommendations for values-driven Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems as well standards recommendations. Guided by over one hundred thought leaders, The Initiative has a mission of ensuring every technologist is educated, trained, and empowered to prioritize ethical considerations in the design and development of autonomous and intelligent systems. John is also a regular contributor on issues of technology and wellbeing to Mashable, The Guardian, HuffPo and TechCrunch and is author of Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World. John was an EVP of a Top Ten PR Firm, a VP of a tech startup, and an independent consultant where he has worked with clients such as Gillette, P&G, HP, Wal-Mart, Ford, Allstate, Monster, Gallo Wines, and Merck. He was also the Founder of The Happathon Project, a non-profit utilizing emerging technology and positive psychology to increase human wellbeing. John has spoken at TEDx, at SXSW Interactive (six times), and as a global keynote speaker for clients like Cisco, Gillette, IEEE, and NXP Semiconductors. John was also a professional actor on Broadway, TV and Film for fifteen years. For more information, visit John’s site or follow him @johnchavens.

Gry Hasselbalch is one of the four founders of the thinkdotank DataEthics and co author of the book, Data EthicsThe New Competitive Advantage (Gry Hasselbalch, Pernille Tranberg, 2016). Gry’s experience in European Internet policy and digital rights includes the role as an independent ethics expert for the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC) and 10 years managing the Danish Awareness Centre on youth and online tech in the pan-EU network Insafe.  Gry is Vice Chair of the IEEE standard P7006 for Personal Data AI Agents. More info:,, @mediamocracy

Zlatan Todorić is a Debian Developer and the Chief Technology Officer of Purism SPC. He has previously worked in the fields of electronics, web development, software architecture, 3D printing, and game development. The combination of his decade-long mechanical engineering and software/systems engineering backgrounds is matched only by his unwavering dedication towards Free Software, with one key goal: bringing freedom to users. He welcomes everybody to join him in designing a future where we truly own our devices.

Grégoire Marino is an intellectual property and data privacy professional based in Berlin. He leads trust and safety at Clue, one of the world's top female health apps. Previously, he managed copyright policy at SoundCloud for four years, served as an editorial member of Oxford’s Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP), and worked in Google’s legal team as trademark specialist. He holds a double degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in Europe from the Institute of Political Science of Lille (France) and the University of Kent (UK), as well as a Master of Law (LL.M) from the University of Edinburgh. Grégoire's vision is to use the power of Clue's data and community to create a modern version of the Hippocratic Oath that is fit for the digital age.

Katryna Dow is the founder and CEO of Meeco, a world leading data independence start-up in the emerging personal data economy. She speaks globally on privacy and data innovation. Meeco was founded in 2012. Prior to that Katryna consulted in strategy and execution roles for start-ups and enterprise, with subject matter expertise in strategy, psychographic segmentation, neuro-economics and change management. She has held leadership positions and delivered projects in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, United States and India. Her industry sector experience includes information technology, human resources, financial and health services. She founded and bootstrapped Meeco, founded MeCast, and has successfully raised over AUD$4.8M in seed funding. In addition to leadership role with Meeco, she is involved in the IEEE Standards community, serving on two working groups as the Co-Chair for the Personal Data and Privacy Committee, part of The Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, and Chair for the new P7006 – Standard for Personal Data Artificial Intelligence (AI) Agent.

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