Navigating User Privacy in the Decentralized Social Web

06 June 2024

Webinar

Overview

Privacy aspects of connecting and sharing across different social media

Time and Date: 15.00 BST, Thursday 6 June 2024
Duration: 90 mins
Location: Online
CPE Credits: 1.5

The decentralized social web, also known as the fediverse, is an open network that lets people connect and share information across independent servers running on the same protocol. The concept of the fediverse is to network together individual social media platforms, such that you can post once on one of them, and then share your post on other services.

It describes the idea that different social media platforms can be both independent and interconnected. For instance, Threads, Meta’s newest app built for public dialogue, recently launched a public-facing fediverse beta experience in some markets where it allows users to opt-in to have their content federated across services built on the ActivityPub protocol.

This new landscape presents unique benefits and challenges. Taking place ahead of the paradigm shift in the social web, this topical webinar will provide an overview of the key privacy considerations in the decentralized social web, taking into account its benefits and challenges.

The speakers will share best practices in ensuring users’ data protection rights, shedding light on how the fediverse philosophy is compatible with the EU GDPR.

These are the key questions we’ll address during the webinar:

  • What is the decentralized social web, its origin, benefits and use cases?
  • What are the key privacy considerations when it comes to an interoperable and decentralized social web? In particular, in terms of user agency, transparency, processing purposes of different data controllers and server governance?
  • How do privacy regulations like the EU GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) apply to decentralized social networks?
  • Can you provide examples of best practices for protecting user data?
  • What role do users play in ensuring their own privacy in the fediverse, and how can they be encouraged to take a more active role in protecting their personal information?

Speakers:

  • Dr Stefan Brink, Executive Director, Wida Digital / Former State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Baden-Württemberg
  • Evan Prodomou, Software developer and Open source advocate / Co-editor of ActivityPub
  • Willy Mikalef, Partner, Bird & Bird, France, Professor of Data Protection and AI Law

Chair: Palak Sheth, Head of Privacy Policy, Instagram, Meta

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Speakers

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    Dr Stefan Brink

    Executive Director, Wida Digital

    Former State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Baden-Württemberg.

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    Evan Prodomou

    Software developer and Open source advocate / Co-editor of ActivityPub

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    Willy Mikalef

    Partner, Bird & Bird, France, Professor of Data Protection and AI Law

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    Palak Sheth

    Head of Privacy Policy, Instagram, Meta

 

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