European Conference on Data Ethics

The first European Data Ethics Forum is jointly organized by DataEthics and Dansk IT (a members' organisation of IT-professionals) and will take place Friday September 29th 2017  at in Copenhagen. (see bio on speakers below)

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


8.30 - Finger-breakfast and registration
9.00 - Welcome
9.10 Evelyn Ruppert will speak about the rise of the privacy-conscious and rights claiming citizens.
9.50 Dan Shefet will talk about the case which forced Google to give individuals a saying over their own search results.
10.25 Break You can join tables on GDPR, it-security & data ethics

10.45 Companies in Privacy Tech each tell about their business case;
- FindX  Brian Schildt ( is a a private search engine)
- Mozilla  Raegan MacDonald (Firefox is one of the best for privacy add-ons and Mozilla works actively with privacy)
- 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)
11.30 - Debate/Q&A on privacy tech

12.00  Lunch - You can join tables on GDPR, it-security & data ethics
13.00 Daniel Kaplan What happens when companies go a step further than complying with the law and empower customers with their own data?

13.35 - Companies working with data ethics;
- TomTom  Simon Hania (TomTom has a fitness tracker and smartwatch which is incorporating privacy from the very start of the product cycle)
- LEGO Dieter Carstensen (Lego has over 50 mio kids on their websites and built systems that are not creepy but protects their customers)
- Clue Mike LaVigne ( is behind the app Clue that lets you track your cycle and control you own data)
14.10 Debate/Q&A on data ethics

14.40 Break You can join tables on GDPR, it-security & data ethics
15.00 Ethics in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.
Gry Hasselbalch & John C havens, The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence will do a dilemma conversation on the many pros and cons of AI and Ethics.
15.40     Wrap-up
16.00 - Friday Afternoon Drinks and networking


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...

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.

Dan Shefet is a French lawyer and Individual Specialist to UNESCO. He holds a Philosophy Degree and a Law Degree from the University of Copenhagen (he is born in Denmark). Specialized in European Law, Competition Law as well as Human Rights in general and in the IT environment in particular, he participates in conferences in academic venues on IT Law, Data Privacy and Human Rights on the internet. In 2014 he founded the Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy (AAID) the main objective of which is to introduce a general principle of accountability on the internet in order to secure the protection of human integrity.

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). Hasselbalch’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. She started the Privacy as Innovation debate series and network at the UN Internet Governance Forum in 2013, and has published several studies, reports (e.g. the  Consumers' Council Tænk's 2016 report on Digital  Challenges) and articles concerning data ethics, tech and human agency, privacy (i.e. on youth's privacy practices). Hasselbalch is a member of the Personal Data Committee in the IEEE's Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems. More info:,, @mediamocracy

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.

Mike LaVigne is Clue's Chief Product Officer. He is an experienced designer, researcher and strategist. He previously served as creative director at both Frog Design and Fjord, working with clients throughout the US, Europe and Asia.

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