Call for Abstracts: AMSTERDAM PRIVACY CONFERENCE 2018 (APC 2018)
Theme 'Personalized Communication and Behavioural Engineering’
5-8 October 2018, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) <>
Deadline for paper abstract/panel abstract: 15 April 2018

The 2018 Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC 2018) brings together researchers, 
practitioners, policy makers and professionals in the field of privacy to share 
insights, exchange ideas and formulate, discuss and answer the challenging 
privacy questions that lie ahead of us. APC 2018 intends to be a lively forum 
to discuss privacy issues, held in the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam. 
APC 2018 is organised by the Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research (APPR), a 
network of researchers at the University of Amsterdam, with active participants 
from diverse fields, including philosophy, law, economics, computer science, 
medicine, media and communication studies and social sciences. APC 2018 is the 
follow-up to the highly successful conferences APC 2015 and APC 2012.
The conference will take place on 5-8 October 2018 at the intimate venue of the 
Roeterseiland in the heart of Amsterdam. It will include plenary sessions, 
parallel sessions, and panel discussions with invited speakers, as well as 
presentations from respondents to this call for papers. The goal of the 
conference is to bring together academics, policy makers, journalists, and 
practitioners to promote active discussion on timely topics, and foster debate 
on privacy issues between participants from various backgrounds and 
One of the topics that especially might be of interest is Topic 5 'Personalized 
Communication and Behavioural Engineering’. This theme discusses how news media 
track consumers to offer more “personally relevant” content; Google and 
Facebook “personalize” search results; political profiling allows politicians 
to adjust their messages to the preferences of the audience. Personalized 
communication can be used to steer citizens; nudging allows for 
soft-paternalism. Can and will these types of behavioural engineering be used 
to promote the ‘good life’ or will they gradually undermine individual autonomy 
and create filter bubbles that produce one-dimensional citizens?

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