Aim and Scope

Convenience and cost-effectiveness are the two key considerations for both citizens and security forces when deciding which technologies to embrace or avoid in the Information Society. State actors and private corporations adopt ICTs because they are costeffective. Once adopted these ICTs are then capable of being bridged in multiple ways permitting police/security forces to go beyond the data they gather directly but also increasingly tap into data gathered and stored by private corporations. These ICTs, which have to date gone through a period of largely organic growth, will be deemed to be “in balance” if they are implemented in a way which respects individual privacy while still maximising convenience, profitability, public safety and security.


OPENSUR-2013 is the first policy workshop of the EC funded project RESPECT ("Rules, Expectations & Security through Privacy-Enhanced Convenient Technologies") coordinated by the University of Groningen. The workshop is hosted by the University of Ljubljana. The aim of the workshop is to investigate if the current and foreseeable implementation of ICTs in surveillance is indeed “in balance”, as well as to communicate the outcomes of the project activities to policy-makers and other stakeholders (academics, citizens, police associations, public agencies, civil society, media, etc) and to receive feedback from those stakeholders.

Call for Participation

This is an open call and all interested stakeholders are invited to attend this workshop, either as presenters or observers. All the participants that wish to make a presentation are invited to submit an abstract of their presentation related to the workshop's topics. The topics of the workshop will be organised around the following themes:

  • - Economic and social impact of surveillance
  • - Data collection and analysis for crime fight
  • - The effectiveness of CCTV in preventing and solving crime
  • - Social network analysis for crime fight
  • - Possibilities and problems of geolocalisation
  • - Regulating surveillance: Measures, dilemmas and limitations

Due to the workshop format, all presenters will be asked to conclude their presentations with a list of policy recommendations related to the above topics.


Selected presenters will be invited to submit a full paper after the workshop to be considered for publication in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Keynote and Invited Panel Speakers

Nataša Pirc Musar, Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia

Ad Hellemons E.M.P.M., Director, EU Program, Dutch National Police

Nick Pickles, Director of Big Brother Watch

Peter J.H.G. van den Ende, Commissioner of Police, The Netherlands

Jon Cockeram, Yorkshire & Humber Police Central e-crime Unit


All the stakeholders that are interested to attend the workshop are invited to register by 21 June 2013 using the registration form. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. In order to accomplish a broad representation of stakeholders, the number of registrants may need to be limited. All participants are required to pay a registration fee.

Author Instructions

All the participants that wish to make a presentation are invited to submit an extended abstract (up to one page) of their proposed presentation along with a copy of their curriculum vitae, including contact information, by 17 May 2013. Authors should upload an extended abstract of max 1200 words via EasyChair Conference Management System by 17 May 2013 as well at the following address https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=opensur2013. A limited number of presentations will be approved given the planned length of the workshop. Presenters will be selected by the Workshop Scientific Committee based on the material submitted. All the selected presenters will be asked to submit their presentations to the organizers by 17 June 2013.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: May 17
Author Notification: May 24
Registration Due: Jun 21
Presentation Submission: Jun 21
Workshop Date: Jul 2-3

Workshop Organisation


  • Joseph A. Cannataci, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Simon Dobrišek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Organizing Committee

  • Joseph A. Cannataci, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Bettina Steenhuis-Zijlstra, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Caroline Goemans-Dorny, INTERPOL
  • Jakub Harašta, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Simon Dobrišek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Vildana Sulić Kenk , University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Scientific Committee

  • Joseph A. Cannataci, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Sveva Avveduto, IRPPS - National Research Council, Italy
  • Edward William Beaman, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom
  • George Dimitrov, Law and Internet Foundation, Bulgaria
  • Simon Dobrišek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Nikolaus Forgó, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
  • Gemma Galdon Clavell, University of Barcelona
  • Caroline Goemans-Dorny, INTERPOL
  • Daniele Mezzana, Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza, Italy
  • Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Clive Norris, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Radim Polčák, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Oleksandr Pastukhov, University of Malta,
  • Carmen Rodríguez-Santos, Universidad de Léo, Spain
  • Dag Wiese Schartum, NRCCL - University of Oslo, Norway
  • Gheorghe Cosmin Silaghi, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Daniel Trottier, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
  • Dušan Šoltés, Univerzita Komenskeho v Bratislave, Slovakia
  • Erich Schweighofer, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Craig Valli, Edith Cowan University, Australia
  • Andreas Wiebe, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Legal Notice: The positions expressed in the course of this research are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.


Important Dates

Abstract Sub.:

May 17

Author Notification:
May 24
Registration Due: Jun 21
Presentation Sub.:

Jun 21

Jul 2-3