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Big Data & Human Rights: Pros and Cons – Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2016 *

In dedication to World Human Rights Day, presentation of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2016 for the best PhD thesis and the best Master’s thesis on human rights. With lectures by Judith Sargentini (European Parliament) and Hein Fleuren (Tilburg University) on 'Big Data & Human Rights: Pros and Cons'. (language: English)

Program Information
Date Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Time 14:30 - 17:30 hrs (for a detailed program: see below)
Location Jheronimus Academy of Data Science, Sint Janssingel 92, 's-Hertogenbosch
Entry Free admission
Guests Judith Sargentini (European Parliament, Group of the Greens) and Hein Fleuren (Tilburg University, professor of Business Analytics). Presentation of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award.
In cooperation with The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research and Academic Forum
Contact Luc Jeurissen
*Certificate This activity may count towards the Certificate Academic Forum

World Human Rights Day

Each year at Tilburg University an event is dedicated to World Human Rights Day. This is to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted and proclaimed on December 10th  1948 by the United Nations General Assembly.

Big Data & Human Rights: Pros and Cons

The meeting starts with presentations by Judith Sargentini and Hein Fleuren on 'Big Data & Human Rights: Pros and Cons'.

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Judith Sargentini will discuss the threats that the increasing use of big data presents for human rights. New European data protection rules are currently being implemented. Will they be strong enough to protect our citizens' privacy and personal information? Or will companies and governments circumvent the reasonable and important principles it lays out and continue to try to make even more money by digging ever deeper into our private lives, undermining democracy and our freedoms?

Judith Sargentinion is on behalf of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament coordinator in the committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). As member of the committee for Development (DEVE), she works on stopping the trade in conflict minerals and stimulating fair trade. She is also member of the committee for Human Rights (DROI) which looks into third countries' compliance with human rights standards.

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The same technologies that potentially threaten human rights however also provide opportunities for enhanced protection of human rights. Hein Fleuren will highlight how using big data can actually improve the realization of human rights. Using big data he has developed a supply chain model for the World Food Program that has a big impact for the supply of food to the hungry people in the world.

Hein Fleuren is professor at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM, Tilburg University). He is specialized in applying Business Analytics and Operations Research in practice. Results of his research have also been applied in the humanitarian aid field.

The Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2016

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In the second half of the program, the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2016 will be presented for the best PhD thesis and the best Master’s thesis on human rights. The award was established in 1995 as an incentive for students and PhD students who have written a thesis or any other academic work in the field of human rights. It was an initiative of Tilburg Law School and Academic Forum of Tilburg University, and was joined by the School of Human Rights Research as of 1998.  Since 2002, the Human Rights Award is named after Max van der Stoel, the former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, in honour of his work in that field. Read more>>

Program

14:30   Welcome

15:00   Opening by chairman Prof. Dr. Mr. N. Jägers

Big Data & Human Rights: Pros & Cons

15:10    Presentation by Mrs. Drs. J. Sargentini

15:40    Presentation by Prof. Dr. Ir. H.A. Fleuren


Max van der Stoel Human Rights Awards

16:00    Explanation of the jury report by Prof. Mr. Dr. B. Toebes

16:15    Handing out the awards by Prof. Dr. Mr. N. Jägers and Prof. Mr. Dr. B. Toebes

16:30    Reception


This event is an initiative by The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research in corporation with Academic Forum. It takes place in 's-Hertogenbosch in the context of December JADS-month, due tot the opening of the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science.


When: 08 December 2016 14:30

End date: 08 December 2016 17:30