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Facebook Opens Up To Branded Content From Publishers

After wooing publishers with the prospect of massive reach and faster content delivery, Facebook is sweetening the deal by allowing publisher to publish branded content on behalf of advertisers on its platform, the social network announced in a blog post this week.

The move will help publishers seeking to capitalize on native advertising while still enjoying the advantages of social distribution.

Source: Facebook Opens Up To Branded Content From Publishers 04/11/2016

6 April: Kristina Irion & Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius speak at European Parliament: ‘The Reform of the e-Privacy Directive: How to get it right?’

In December 2015, the EU reached agreement on the text for the General Data Protection Regulation. This Regulation is expected to enter into force in 2018.

Now the European Commission starts a consultation on reforming the e-Privacy Directive. That Directive regulates privacy, communications confidentiality, and personal data processing in the electronic communications sector. The directive also requires companies to obtain consent for the use of tracking cookies.

The Greens organise an event about the reform of the e-Privacy Directive in Brussels, on 6 April. Kristina speaks in the session ‘Scope, Relation to the General Data Protection Regulation’, and Frederik speaks in the session ‘Big Data, Tracking, Cookies, Notification Fatigue’

More information about the event here.

A recent paper on the e-Privacy Directive, by Frederik and Joris van Hoboken can be found here.

New Pew-report on Americans attitudes towards surveillance

The survey examined, among others, the reasons why Americans value the opportunity to use the Internet anonymously, and what they do themselves to shield themselves from surveillance. While more sophisticated technical solutions are used only by a minority, low-tech and non-tech obfuscation strategies are far more widespread.

Source: Attempts to Obscure Data Collection and Preserve Anonymity

First conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe will take place in Amsterdam

First Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe (CELSE) takes place at the University of Amsterdam, on 21-22 June. Keynote speakers: Jennifer H. Arlen (NYU School of Law), Ian Ayres (Yale Law School), Bernard Black (Northwestern University School of Law) and Rens Bod (University of Amsterdam). Venue: University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law. Paper submission deadline: 15 February 2016 (6:00 CET).

For more information and the call for papers visit the UvA website.

Amsterdam Privacy Week & Amsterdam Privacy Conference

From 23-29 October 2015, Amsterdam will be the place to be for privacy and data protection specialist from across the globe as three renowned international privacy conferences have chosen Amsterdam as their location that week.

* The Amsterdam Privacy Conference APC2015 takes place from 23-26 October.

This unique interdisciplinary conference is taking place at the intimate venue of the Oudemanhuispoort in the heart of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It is organized by the Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research (APPR), an initiative of the University of Amsterdam with active participants from such diverse disciplines as philosophy, law, economics, informatics, social sciences, medical sciences and media sciences. APC 2015 will bring together leading experts in the field of privacy who will formulate, discuss and answer the challenging privacy questions that lie ahead of us.

APC 2015 offers both parallel and keynote sessions. Confirmed keynote speakers are: Anita Allen, Bill Binney, Julie Brill, Gabriella Coleman, Amatai Etzioni, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Deirdre Mulligan, Helen Nissenbaum, Peter Schaar, Max Schrems, Ashkan Soltani and Latanya Sweeney.

Our team member are busy doing the conference.
– We organise a panel on ‘Profiling and targeting in the news sector’, with Neil Richards, Judith Möller, Neil Thurman, and Maurits Martijn.
– Balázs moderates two panels.
– Damian will present the paper ‘Should we worry about filter bubbles?’, by Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, Damian Trilling, Judith Möller, Balázs Bodó, Claes H. de Vreese, and Natali Helberger.
With Solon Barocas (Princeton), Frederik organises a panel on ‘Online Price Discrimination: Good or Bad?’, with Julie Brill (Federal Trade Commission), Chantal Mak, and Colin Bennett.
– Frederik also presents a paper: ‘Online price discrimination and data protection law’.
– Natali is co-chair of the track ‘The Transformation of the public sphere and personalised communication’
– Frederik is chair of the track ‘Privacy in the Information Society’.

* The same week, there is also the PLSC Privacy Law Scholars Conference.
Natali & Frederik will both comment on papers there.

* The 37th International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference also takes place this week

* On 28 October, the Bits of Freedom organises the Big Brother Awards

Launch event

We are happy to invite you to the launch of “Personalised Communication”, a joint research initiative between ASCoR and IViR, funded by the University of Amsterdam.

Thursday, September 24, 1700-1930 – followed by drinks
Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 – 231,1012 EZ Amsterdam

1700 Door open and welcome drink

1730 Opening by Edgar du Perron, Vice-president of the UvA, and Dean of the Faculty of Law, UvA. Introduction Natali Helberger (IViR) & Claes de Vreese (ASCoR)

1745 – 1930 Panel discussion: Different perspective on Personalised Communication
Panel members: Prof. Richard Rogers, Prof. Maarten de Rijke, Dr. Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, Laurens Verhagen (de Volkskrant) (tbc)

1930 Party (with finger food and drinks)

If you plan to come, please register by sending an e-mail to K.H.Hair  AT

Introducing the scrapbook

We added a new feature to this website: the scrapbook. If you click on “scrapbook” in the top menu bar, you’ll find links to bits and pieces we find interesting: news items, links, scientific articles, and so on. It is a loose collection of materials potentially relevant to the study of personalised communication, and if we add something there, it means nothing more than that we think it might be somehow relevant (and in particular it does not imply we agree with it). Feel free to have a look and get inspired!

Upcoming events

While the project still is in its the beginning phase, we are happy to announce the first events in which we will participate:

  • On 24 September, 2015, we will officially start the project with a festive kick-off event.
  • At the Amsterdam Privacy Conference (23–26 October, 2015) we host a panel and present a paper. Both address the question Should we worry about filter bubbles? and aim at integrating perspectives from the empirical social sciences on the one hand and law and policy on the other hand.
  • At the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference (27–29 January, 2016) in Brussels, we will host a panel as well.


Welcome to the project Personalised Communication. The project is starting right now, and more information will follow soon. In our project, we take privacy seriously, which is why we host this site on a Dutch server, do not use cookies, and do not track our visitors’ data in any way.