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Public Voice Symposium

"Privacy in a New Era:
Challenges, Opportunities and Partnerships"
September 13, 2004
Wroclaw, Poland

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Mr. Andrzej Adamski

Professor at the University of Nicolaus Copernicus, Torun, Poland, Andrzej Adamski writes extensively on data protection and computer crimes in the context of the Polish Penal Code. He served as a legal expert in the United Nations project: Computerization of Information Systems in Criminal Justice and to the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Crime in Cyberspace. His main areas of research are: criminal law, computer and Internet law, as well as, legal protection of privacy and personal data. He also teaches several computer and privacy law courses, including The right to information and the right to the protection of information, Privacy and Personal Data Protection in the Information Society, Legal Aspects of Computer and Information Security. A list of his publications is available here.

Mr. Ian Brown

Ian Brown is the Director of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), President of European Digital Rights (EDRi) and chairman of Privacy International. Ian Brown's main professional interests are in public policy issues around information and the Internet, as well as the more technical fields of information security and networking. He has worked on a wide range of information policy issues such as surveillance, privacy, export controls, copyright and electronic voting. More information is available here.

Mr. Gus Hosein

Gus Hosein is a Senior Fellow at Privacy International (PI), and also a Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. At PI he is the director of a project on anti-terrorism policy, and another project on policy laundering in co-operation with the American Civil Liberties Union. At the London School of Economics, Mr. Hosein researches and lectures on technology policy and privacy. More information is available here.

Mr. Peter Hustinx

Peter Hustinx was recently appointed for a term of five years as the European Data Protection Supervisor. He has been President of the Dutch Data Protection Authority since 1991. In July 2003 he was appointed for a third term of six years. From 1996 until 2000 he was Chairman of the Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection in the EU. In the Council of Europe, he took part in the preparation of the 1981 Convention on Data Protection. Since 1986 he has been deputy judge in the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam.He received law degrees in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and in Ann Arbor, USA.

Mr. Alexander Kashumov

Alexander Kashumov is an attorney-at-law and the Coordinator of Legal Projects for the Access to Information Programme Foundation in Bulgaria. Mr. Kashumov is the head of the legal team and has worked in the area of freedom of information since 1997.

Mrs. Ewa Kulesza

Mrs. Ewa Kulesza was appointed the first Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data in 1998. In 2002 she was re-appointed for the second, four-year term of office. After graduating from the Law and Administration Department at the University in Lodz, Mrs Kulesza began her career as a university teacher at the same university, where she also defended her Ph.D. thesis. Dr Kulesza specialises is social law and policy. She is the author of more than 50 specialist publications in this field and the co-author of books related inter alia to the European Social Charter and the amendment of the Labour Code in Poland. Since 1996 until her appointment for the post of the Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data, Mrs Kulesza continued to work at the University of Lodz and also took up a position of judicial decisions counsellor in the Constitutional Court. Since January until April 1998 she also acted as the adviser of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy.

Mr. Cédric Laurant

Cédric Laurant is Policy Counsel with the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He concentrates on international privacy issues and comparative policy and legal aspects of European and US privacy regimes. Cédric's recent work has focused on the profiling of air travelers, video surveillance, radio-frequency identification technologies, the negotiation of the APEC Privacy Guidelines, governmental electronic surveillance and transborder data flows in the European Union and the United States, and the Council of Europe Cyber-crime Convention. He is the editor of the 2003 and 2004 Privacy and Human Rights report, EPIC’s international survey of privacy laws and developments in the world. He also coordinates EPIC's actions within two international coalitions: the Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC) and the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). Cédric holds a licence en droit (J.D.) from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and a Master of Laws from Columbia University School of Law (New York). More information is available here.

Mr. Bogdan Manolea

Bogdan Manolea is one of the founder members of A.B.U.S.E - Association for the Best Use of Electronic Services - a very young Romanian NGO, the first Romanian Association dedicated to the information society services providers. Mr. Manolea is a legal adviser interested in Information Technology Law, IP Law but also by any subject that involves law, Internet and civic attitude. Owner of the only Romanian web page dedicated to the IT&C Law - Internet Laws - - and the mailing list with the same name with over 400 subscribers. Author of over 15 presentations and articles on subjects related to IT&C Law (e-commerce, e-signature, domain names, Internet jurisdiction, privacy issues, etc.) in national and international conferences.

Mr. Arwid Mednis

Professor at the University of Warsaw, Poland, Arwid Mednis is Attorney at law with Wierzbowski i Wspolnicy. He is the former chairman of the Personal Data Protection Committee at the Council of Europe (1999-2000). He also served as a legal expert to the parliamentary committee that prepared the draft of the Polish Personal Data Protection Act. He advises banks, insurance and marketing companies with regard to data protection. Mednis writes extensively on issues ranging from data protection, e-business to telecommunications. He is the author of the commentary to the Polish Personal Data Protection Act and wrote The Law of Personal Data Protection. Commentary. More information is available here.

Mr. Karel Neuwirt

Karel Neuwirt is president of the Office for Personal Data Protection, Czech Republic. For many years Dr. Karel Neuwirt has devoted himself to the protection of personal data in the environment of new information technologies. He has published a number of works on these issues and has also given lectures on the subject. Since 1995 he has been the Czech representative in the data protection expert group (CJ-PD) set up by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. In 1998, at a meeting of the CJ-PD plenary assembly, he was elected member of its co-ordination group (former Bureau). In this expert group he has taken part in the elaboration of several CE recommendations. In 2002 Mr. Neuwirt Was appointed vice-president of the Project Group on Data Protection (CJ-PD) of the Council of Europe. At the end of 2003, he was elected first vice-chairman of the Consultative Committee (T-PD), the highest Council of Europe´s body for personal data protection. In 1999 Dr. Karel Neuwirt initiated and elaborated the material required for the Czech Republic´s accession to the Council of Europe's Convention on the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data. Besides this, he has also taken part in the preparation of the Czech Personal Data Protection Act. Prior to his appointment as President of the Office for Personal Data Protection, Dr.Neuwirt was the manager of the personal data protection department of the Office for the State Information System. More information is available here.

Ms. Stephanie Perrin

Currently President of Digital Discretion and Research Coordinator of the Multistakeholder Canadian Government Privacy Research Project, Stephanie Perrin is also a Senior Fellow with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). She was formerly the Director of Privacy Policy for Industry Canada's Electronic Commerce Task Force and the Chief Privacy Officer of Zero-Knowledge. An internationally recognized expert in freedom of information and privacy issues, Perrin was instrumental in developing Canada's privacy and cryptography policies for over fifteen years. For the past years she led the legislative initiative at Industry Canada that resulted in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, the electronic commerce privacy legislation that received Royal Assent on April 13, 2000. She represented Canada internationally at the OECD Security and Privacy Committee and was responsible for developing domestic privacy policies in the context of new technologies, legislation, standards and public education. In 2001 Perrin received an Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award for her instrumental role in advancing the understanding and protection of privacy internationally and in Canada.

Mr. Marc Rotenberg

Marc Rotenberg is Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before Congress on many issues, including access to information, encryption policy, consumer protection, computer security, and communications privacy. He recently testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism." He has served on several national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the OECD, the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for UNESCO, and the Countering Spam program of the ITU. He currently chairs the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection, and is Secretary of the Public Interest Registry. He is editor of The Privacy Law Sourcebook and co-editor (with Daniel J. Solove) of Information Privacy Law (Aspen Publishing 2003). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school. He is the winner of the 2002 World Technology Award in Law. More information is available here.

Mr. Peter Schaar

Chairman of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Group, Peter Schaar has been the Federal Data Ombudsman since December 2003. He graduated in economics (diplomierter Volkswirt) and from 1980 to 1983 was the official in the Senate Office responsible for the administrative service of the City of Hamburg. After being head of the data processing and statistics department of the City of Hamburg schools and vocational training authority, he worked from 1986 to 1994 as a head of unit at the office of the Hamburg Data Ombudsman, and from 1994 to 2002 as deputy head of department. In 2001 and 2002, he was a member of the supervisory committee for the modernization of data protection legislation. In November 2002, he moved to the private sector and set up the company PrivCom Datenschutz GmbH in Hamburg, of which he was managing director until October 2003. Since February 2003, he has also been the chairman of the Hamburger Datenschutzgesellschaft (HDG) (Hamburg Data Protection Association). He has also been involved in the work of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (IT Association), the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (IWGDPT) and the Humanistische Union.

Mr. Barry Steinhardt

Barry Steinhardt is the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Program on Technology and Liberty. He served as Associate Director of the ACLU for the past 10 years. As Associate Director, he was responsible for providing structural and managerial assistance to ACLU's 51 affiliates and oversaw the ACLU's offices in Puerto Rico, the Dakotas and Wyoming. Steinhardt has written on privacy issues and free expression issues in a variety of periodicals. He previously served as Executive Director of the Vermont and Pennsylvania Affiliates of the ACLU. Steinhardt is a 1978 graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law.

Ms. Jennifer Stoddart

Jennifer Stoddart was appointed Canada's Privacy Commissioner at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada by the Governor in Council, effective December 1, 2003, on unanimous resolutions adopted by both Houses of Parliament for a seven year term. Prior to this, she was President of the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec. A lawyer and historian, Ms. Stoddart received a licence in civil law from McGill University and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1981. She also obtained an M.A. in History from the Université du Québec à Montréal, and pursued doctoral studies at the Université de Paris VII. She has taught history and legal sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University. She has published for both professional journals and the wider public on questions ranging from Quebec social history to the administration of justice and human rights. Ms. Stoddart has held several positions in public administration for the Governments of Québec and Canada. She was appointed by the Québec National Assembly as Vice-President of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse du Québec in 1996 and as President of the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec in 2000. Among her many community service activities, Ms. Stoddart is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. Because of her commitment and contributions to the public service, Ms. Stoddart was named one of the Women of Distinction, Public Services Category, by the YWCA of Montreal in 2002.

Mr. Iván Székely

Iván Székely, social informatist, is an internationally known expert in the multidisciplinary fields of data protection and freedom of information. A long-time independent researcher, consultant and university lecturer, former Chief Counsellor of the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Székely is at present Counsellor of the Open Society Archives at Central European University in Budapest.

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