Annual General Meeting + Event on Privacy (14/03/2013) Print
Sunday, 24 February 2013 00:00

We are delighted to invite you to the Annual General Meeting event, which takes place on 14 March 2013 and will host a presentation on Two Tales of Privacy in Online Social Networks, given by Prof. Dr. Ir. Claudia Diaz of the KU Leuven. The venue is kindly provided by Trasys (Terhulpsesteenweg 6c, 1560 Hoeilaart).

The Schedule:

18h00-18h15: Welcome at Trasys for ISSA-BE members
18h15-19h15: ISSA-BE Annual General Meeting (ISSA-BE members only)
19h15-19h30: Break / welcome to non-members
19h30-21h00: Privacy and Engineering by Prof. Dr. Ir. Claudia Diaz
21h00-21h30: Networking drink & closure

With special thanks to Trasys for hosting this event and providing the catering.


Registration is mandatory, both for the AGM and for the following event. Please make sure to register by Tuesday 12 March COB. Parking will be available.

Register here:

Abstract - Two tales of privacy in online social networks


Privacy is one of the friction points that emerges when communications get mediated in Online Social Networks (OSNs). Different communities of computer science researchers have framed the ‘OSN privacy problem’ as one of surveillance, institutional or social privacy. In tackling these problems they have also treated them as if they were independent.We argue that the different privacy problems are entangled and that research on privacy in OSNs would benefit from a more holistic approach.
In this article, we first provide an introduction to the surveillance and social privacy perspectives emphasizing the narratives that inform them, as well as their assumptions, goals and methods.
We then juxtapose the differences between these two approaches in order to understand their complementarity, and to identify potential integration challenges as well as research questions that so far have been left unanswered.


Bio - Prof. Dr. Ir. Claudia Diaz:

Claudia Diaz received her master degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Vigo (Spain), and her Ph.D. in engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). She is currently an assistant professor in Privacy Technologies at the K.U.Leuven group COSIC (Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography). Her research is broadly focused on the topic of Privacy Enhancing Technologies, where she has more than thirty international peer-reviewed publications on topics including anonymous communications, anonymity metrics, steganographic file systems, location privacy, privacy in social networks, traffic analysis, and privacy by design. She is a member of the advisory board of the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) and the scientific committee of CPDP. She has organized several scientific events including the 8th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), served as program chair of the 16th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS'11), and as chair of the PET Award (Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies) in 2011 and 2012.

Annual General Meeting:

ISSA-BE members are also warmly invited to attend the AGM taking place just before the above presentation.

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The agenda for the AGM is as follows:
- Welcome
- Financials
- Membership
- Elections, including presentation of the functions and the candidates