Citizenship in a digital society  

The Dutch universities have jointly launched an initiative placing the Digital Society as focal point for this academic year. The ambition is to push the Netherlands to a global leading position in digitalizing society.

At CTIT, the Digital Society has since long been a focal point. We work on innovative ICT technology, study interactions between humans and ICT systems, and have a deep understanding of the consequences of digitalizing society. With this year’s symposium we zoom into the implications of being a citizen in a digitalizing society. What does digitalization do to us, and what can or should we do about digitalization?

Our keynote speakers will kickstart the discussion:

Karen Mossberger: Innovation, Policy, and Digital Citizenship

Karen Mossberger is Professor and Director of the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University.  Her research concentrates on local governance, urban policy, digital inequality, evaluation of broadband programs and e-government.  She has published extensively on digital cities and citizenship and is particularly known for her work on digital literacy.

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne: (Some Lawyer’s Remarks on) Technology and the Development of Privacy Law

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne is a professor at the University of Leiden. He specializes in data protection and privacy law, as well as internet and telecoms law. He is, among others, known for his concerns on what is actually to be considered personal data. Next to his academic position, Zwenne is partner at Brinkhof lawyers in Amsterdam.

Speaker from Cisco on the Internet of Everything (to be announced)

10:30 – Registration, coffee

11:00 – Welcome by Maarten van Steen, Scientific Director CTIT

11:15 – Keynote by Karen Mossberger

12:00 – Brief pitches PhD students

12:30 – Lunch

13:30 – Keynote by Cisco (TBA)

14:15 – Five small presentations (from local companies and UT groups)

15:30 – break

15:50 – The UT Living Smart Campus programma

16:30 – Interactive panel

17:30 – Keynote Gerrit-Jan Zwenne

18:15 – Wrap up & walking dinner

During the day demos are on display from a selection of local high-tech companies on innovations in digitalization. The day is set to include a lot of audience participation, interactiveness during the lunch and coffee breaks, and a walking dinner as a wrap up.

As there are limited places, please register soon. We are looking forward to meeting you on 1 November, 2016!

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