Panel  /  30. Januar 2019, 14.15 – 15.30 pm

Does microtargeting harm democracy?

In the context of the CPDP 2019 Conference on Data Protection and Democracy

<Forum Privacy> is an interdisciplinary German research consortium funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to address the increasingly urgent questions of privacy and data protection. It provides a platform for exchange between academics, policy-makers, technologists and citizens.

In the context of this year’s CPDP, International Conference on Computers, Privacy and Data Protection, Forum Privacy invites academics, data protection authorities, business executives, policy makers, journalists and citizens to discuss to what extent microtargeting may influence and even harm democratic processes, and how regulators, political actors and citizens should respond to it. (

Forum Privacy members Dr. Nicholas Martin, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and Dr. Elias Kyewski, University of Duisburg-Essen will moderate the discussion.

The panelists are:

Olivier Micol, European Commission, Directorate General for Justice & Consumers, Head of Unit Data Protection

Katerina Pouliou, Legal Officer at EDPS - European Data Protection Supervisor

Sanne Kruikemeier, Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Vidja Narayanan, Post Doctoral Researcher in the Computational Propaganda Project at the Oxford Internet Institute

Frederik J. Zuiderveen Borgesius, Professor of Law at iCIS Institute for Computing and Information Sciences, Radboud University, and Researcher at IViR Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam

After the panel discussion the following Forum Privacy members will be at your disposal:

Dr. Michael Friedewald
Fraunhofer-Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe
Project Coordinator of Forum Privacy

Dr. Elias Kyewski
University of Duisburg-Essen, Department of Social Psychology: Media and Communication
Member of Forum Privacy

Dr. Nicholas Martin
Fraunhofer-Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe
Member of Forum Privacy

Barbara Ferrarese, M.A.
Press Officer Forum Privacy
Member of Forum Privacy