ColloquIA | The politics of fear – Or today’s world at the crossroads of privacy and security

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 14:00


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On October 20, the multidisciplinary research group in Law and Artificial Intelligence will organize its 1st ColloquIA, under the theme “The politics of fear – Or today’s world at the crossroads of privacy and security”.

Inspired by the current pandemic crisis, the debate will focus on the role played by digital technologies in the face of existential threats to our survival as individuals and as a democratic and liberal society. Against that background, we will discuss the tension between privacy and security that the use of such technological solutions in the fight against the crisis will inevitably bring to our ways of life and to our understanding of the exercise of freedom. The discussion will bring together national and international scientists, coming from different areas of knowledge, in a unique platform of discussion that fosters the dissemination and sharing of knowledge between experts and members of the wider community.

Coordination: Pedro Garcia Marques and Tito Rendas


2 PM | Opening Remarks
Henrique Sousa Antunes

2:15 PM | Friends or foes? Privacy and security in times of global fear
(session in Portuguese)

  • Filipa Calvão (President, Portuguese Data Protection Authority, Professor, Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • Betâmio de Almeida (Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico)
  • Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (Professor, Universidade dos Açores)

4 PM | Break

4:15 PM | Technology to the rescue? Privacy and security in an AI-driven world

Arlindo Oliveira (Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico)
Isabel Trancoso (Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico)
Mário Gaspar da Silva (Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico)
Thomas Zerdick (Head of Unit “Technology and Privacy”, EDPS)
Rui Carlos Oliveira (Professor, Universidade do Minho, INESC TEC)

Online Registration