European Data Protection Supervisor
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Europe votes 2019: How to unmask and fight online manipulation

Europe votes 2019: How to unmask and fight online manipulation

Monday, 11 February, 2019

Europe votes 2019: How to unmask and fight online manipulation

In light of the upcoming European Parliament elections, and numerous other national elections scheduled for 2019, the EDPS is facilitating a conversation between data protection authorities, electoral regulators, audio-visual regulators, media & platforms in the fight against online manipulation of personal data in elections.

Programme of the event.

Registrations are now open.
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The event will be live streamed.


Liz Carolan


Liz Carolanis a data, transparency and governance expert. In 2018, during Ireland’s referendum on abortion, she founded the Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI), a civil society project that built the first real-time open database of online political advertising. This enabled extensive scrutiny of both the campaign and of Ireland’s outdated election financing and campaign governance rules. Liz also works advising governments and organisations on open data and governance, having worked for the Institute for Government, the Africa Governance Initiative and the Open Data Institute.

Fabro Steibel


Fabro Steibel is a post-doc, affiliated with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, and a member of the Global Council of the World Economic Forum. He is an Independent Researcher (IRM) at the Open Government Partnership in Brazil, a fellow in open government by the Organization of American States, a postdoctoral fellow at the United Nations University, and a visiting researcher at the University of California San Diego. Fabro is the executive director of ITS Rio.  

Iveta Kazoka


Iveta Kazoka is the director and senior researcher of Centre of Public Policy Providus. Providus has been the leading public policy think-tank in Latvia since 2002. Iveta’s own areas of expertise are the following: standards of good governance, citizen engagement, strengthening of political parties and integrity of elections. During 2018, Providus collaborated with other organisations in Latvia to protect Latvia’s elections against disinformation and foreign interference, as well as developed an innovative voting-advice application in cooperation with public broadcasters. In addition to developing policy studies and analytical articles, Iveta has organised and facilitated public discussions, and developed new formats for in-depth conversations on challenging issues.  Before joining Providus, Iveta worked for the Ministry of Justice of Latvia.

David Stillwell


Dr. David Stillwell is Lecturer in Big Data Analytics and Quantitative Social Science at Judge Business School in the University of Cambridge. He is also Deputy Director of the Psychometrics Centre.
David studies the links between big data and psychology; his research with 6 million social media users found that the computer can predict a user’s personality as accurately as their spouse can. Follow up research found that personalizing an advert to the recipient’s psychology is more effective than generic ads.
David has also published research using various big data sources to show that spending money on products and services that match one’s personality leads to greater life satisfaction, that people tend to date others who have a similar personality, and that people who swear seem to be more honest.
Twitter: @david_stillwell

Judith Duportail


Judith Duportail is a freelance journalist. She writes about love, freedom and how technology affects the previous two. How your smartphone changes the way you think, how Tinder changes the way you interact with people and how Facebook looks at you changing to provide targeted advertising. She writes in English and French for The Guardian, Aeon, Slate, Philosophie Magazine, Le Temps, Les Inrocks, etc. She collaborates with digital NGO’s such as Tactical Tech for research papers.

Claudio Agosti


Claudio Agosti is a self-taught hacker who since the late 90s has gradually become a techno-political activist as technology has begun to interfere with society and human rights. In the last decades, he worked on whistleblower protection with GlobaLeaks, advocated against corporate surveillance, and founded; He is a research associate in UvA, DATACTIVE team.

Johnny Ryan


Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS is Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer at Brave. Before joining Brave, Dr. Ryan was responsible for PageFair’s research and analysis, as well as industry relations. Previous roles include being Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, Senior Researcher at the Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network on media, entertainment and information. His first book was based on his work at the IIEA, and was the most cited source in the European Commission’s impact assessment that decided against pursuing Web censorship across the European Union. His expert commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Wired, Le Monde, NPR, TechCrunch, Advertising Age, Fortune, Business Week, the BBC, Sky News, and many others.

Maurice Turner


Maurice Turner is Senior Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring the internet remains open, innovative and free. Supporting work across all of CDT’s programmatic areas, Turner focuses on the Election Security and Privacy Project identifying and updating election cybersecurity practices and infrastructure, and working through potential remedies. Turner brings a unique mix of formal education and practical work experience in technology and local, regional, and national policymaking to the Internet Architecture project. After receiving a bachelor’s in political science from Cal State Fullerton, he went on to earn a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California focusing on emerging communication technologies, privacy, and civic engagement. In addition, he holds a graduate certificate in cybersecurity strategy from Georgetown University.

Elizabeth Denham


Elizabeth Denham was appointed UK Information Commissioner in July 2016. Prior to this she was the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (2010-2016) and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada from 2007 – 2010.
In 2013 Ms Denham received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service as an Officer of the Legislature of British Columbia, Canada. In 2011she was honoured as a UBC distinguished alumni for her pioneering work in archives and leadership in the field of access and privacy. She is a visiting professor to the department of Information Studies at University College London.
Ms Denham was elected to the Executive Committee in 2017.

Reading List

Opinion 3/2018 EDPS Opinion on online manipulation and personal data

Compilation of Venice Vommission opinions and reports concerning media and elections

European Commission DG COMM, Special Eurobarometer 477, Democracy and Elections

DEMOS/ICO The Future of Political Campaigning

ICO, Investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns

Siddharth Narrain, Dangerous Speech in Real Time: Social Media, Policing, and Communal Violence

House of Commons, Democracy Under Threat: Risks and Solutions in the Era of Disinformation and Data Monopoly