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20 June 2018

PRIVACY at Folkemødet

Centre for Privacy Studies was represented in two events at this year’s Folkemøde (popular mass meeting) at Bornholm.

What does it mean to be private today?

This panel discussion, arranged by KADK, focused on contemporary notions of privacy. The speakers addressed dimensions, zones and threats related to privacy today with a view to the overall question: Can we be private in 2018? The panel touched upon issues such as digital footprints, social media, communal space, comfort zones, human interaction and transparent architecture.

Panel discussion in KADK's tent at Folkemødet

The panel participants were:

Mette Birkedal Bruun, Professor of Church History and Centre Director of Centre for Privacy Studies, UCPH

Jakob Brandtberg Knudsen, Head of School of Architecture, KADK

Dorte Mandrup, Architect, Arkitektfirmaet Dorte Mandrup

Anette Høyrup, Lawyer, Forbrugerrådet Tænk

Kirstine Dons Christensen, Journalist, Zetland

Privacy Dilemmas: Then and Now

More than 100 people gathered to hear Mette Birkedal Bruun and Helle Vogt present dilemmas related to privacy and to discuss the limits of privacy – historically and today.

The audience engaged vividly in discussions regarding regulation and surveillance, and pondered the extent to which the authorities past and present trespass on people's privacy in order to maintain welfare and order.

Moderator Thomas Neergaard, Professor Helle Vogt & Professor Mette Birkedal Bruun present dilemmas of privacy

The cases discussed were based on real life examples from Early Modern Denmark. They addressed questions such as: Why is a child born out of wedlock a national problem? What is the proper attire for a bride who is not a virgin? and Why must private parties not last too long?

Participants:

Mette Birkedal Bruun, Professor of Church History and Centre Director of Centre for Privacy Studies, UCPH

Helle Vogt, Professor of Legal History and Core Scholar at Centre for Privacy Studies, UCPH

Moderator: stud.theol. Thomas Neergaard, UCPH