Katharine keynote speaker at 18th Infocom World Conference

Katharine is invited as a keynote speaker at the 18th Infocom World Conference 2016, which is “widely regarded as the biggest ICT & Media conference in south-eastern Europe”. This year, the conference is organized in the capital of Greece, Athens.
On November 2, Katharine will speak at the session “Omni TV: Think outside the -TV- box“.

More information on the conference (in English and Greek) can be accessed here.

12. Österreichisches Rundfunkforum in Vienna

Katharine is invited to participate in the upcoming 12. Österreichisches Rundfunkforum entitled “Meinungs- und Medienfreiheit in der digitalen Ära: Eine Neuvermessung der Kommunikationsfreiheit”. The forum is organised by the Forschungsinstitut REM (Recht elektronischer Massenmedien) from October 20-21, 2016 in Vienna.

Alongside Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernd Holznagel (Universität Münster, Germany), Mag. Andrea Komar (Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten, Druck, Journalismus, Papier / Presserat), Dr. Alexander Wrabetz (ORF) and Dr. Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (Der Standard) she will be a panel discussant on the topic “Wohin geht das Medien- und Kommunikationsrecht?“.

If you are interested in the detailed event programme please see here.

1st International Conference on “Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders” in Athens

The Hellenic American University and the Hellenic American College are organising the 1st International Conference on “Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders”, to be held in Athens (Greece) from September 23-25, 2016. For this event Katharine (together with Izabela Korbiel, Asimina Koukou and Lisa Winter) had a paper entitled “The role of communicative discourse in governing public spaces” accepted.

More information on the conference, a detailed programme and schedule can be accessed here.

2016 IAMCR Conference in Leicester, UK

Katharine is participating in the 2016 IAMCR Conference, which will be based in Leicester (UK) from July 27-31. Together with Izabela Korbiel she will present her paper on “The role of ethics as a factor of media governance”. Furthermore, she is also invited to discuss the issue of “Women’s right to communicate and the United Nations sustainable development goals” in a special session.

For more information on IAMCR and this year’s conference please visit the respective websites.

3rd ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna

The 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology (Title: “The futures we want: Global Sociology and the struggles for a better world”) will be held in Vienna from July 10-14, 2016.

On Monday, July 11, Izabela Korbiel and Katharine will participate in the panel entitled “Contemporary Communication Issues” and present their work on “Governance of content on political suicide in times of financial crisis” at the University of Vienna’s main building.

More details on the panel can be found here.

Katharine at Fundamental Rights Forum in Vienna

On June 21, Katharine will be a Fundamental Rights Agency panelist at the Fundamental Rights Forum 2016 in Vienna. She will be speaking on the impact of surveillance and loss of privacy for civil rights and democratic practice.

Details on the panel:

The digital age

WG 19: The right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy in the context of increased security concerns in Europe: Challenges and promising practices

Chair: Barbora Bukovská, Legal Director, Article 19

Panel Speakers:

  • Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to privacy, OHCHR;
  • Dunja Mijatović, Representative on Freedom of the Media, OSCE;
  • Joanna Cavan, Head, Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO);
  • Katharine Sarikakis, Professor, Head Media Governance and Industries Research Lab, University of Vienna;
  • Mario Oetheimer, Head of Sector Information Society, Privacy and Data Protection, FRA.

Workshop objective

This workshop will explore the impact of security measures on privacy and freedom of expression. Law enforcement and intelligence laws and policies as well as measures to counter terrorism will help frame the discussions. References will be made to case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) when applying the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The workshop will feed into FRA’s current and future work on surveillance and safeguarding fundamental rights. Participants will also share examples of promising practices for others to use.

Guiding questions

  • Security, freedom of expression and privacy: a balancing act?
  • What has been the impact of enhanced security measures on the right to freedom of expression and privacy?
  • How can law makers and regulators safeguard key fundamental rights while preserving the security of individuals?


Currently, governments are dealing with a heightened level of security by increasing the collection and analysis of personal data, following violent attacks in Europe and other parts of the world. This applies equally to law enforcement authorities and national intelligence services. The 2015 European Agenda on Security and the Internal Security Strategy have paved the way for enhancing the exchange of data and the better use of the EU’s large-scale databases and other communications platforms. These include the (future) EU’s Passengers Name Records Directive, the ‘Smart borders’ package, the Schengen Information System (SIS II), Europol’s European Counter Terrorism centre and its Internet Referral Unit. Moreover, enhanced cooperation between national intelligence and law enforcement services is being discussed in terms of data exchange. The impact of these measures on privacy and freedom of expression can be significant, particularly given the urgency with which they are being adopted.

On the part of data processing by intelligence services, FRA’s recent research has shown that Members States’ laws do not provide clear and effective safeguards for protecting private life and the personal data of individuals. As a result there is a clear need for effective oversight systems. FRA research also mentions the impact on freedom of expression, such as the protection of journalistic sources or whistleblowing measures.

The EU has also finalised reforming its data protection rules. They aim to boost the individual’s rights while allowing unhampered exchange of data between national law enforcement authorities. In addition, the re-negotiated EU-US Umbrella Agreement will pave the way for the exchange of law enforcement data while protecting personal data. However, several judgments from the CJEU have demonstrated the importance attached to having a high level of privacy and data protection in the EU. ECtHR judgments on secret surveillance measures have also highlighted the impact of such measures on freedom of expression and privacy. Accommodating freedom of expression and privacy, while maintaining security, raises many questions that need to be further discussed. Those measures should also be seen in the general context of implementing the Digital Single Market strategy as well as the political agreement on reforming the EU data protection rules, the recent adoption of the Network and Information Security Directive and the revision of the e-privacy Directive.

To view the full programme please check here.

Parliamentary Conference on Media Freedom in Berlin

Organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Venice Commission, the Parliamentary Conference on Media Freedom as a Cornerstone for Democratic Elections will be hosted by the Parliament of Germany in Berlin on July 4, 2016.

As an invited speaker Katharine will discuss the topic of “Standards for media in the context of elections“.

Katharine to be Chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division at ICA’s Annual Conference

The 66th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) entitled Communicating with Power will be held in Fukuoka (Japan) on the island of Kyūshū from June 9-13.

Katharine will be incoming chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division of the ICA and will resume this position for the next two years. In Japan she will also present her paper (co-authored by Lisa Winter) on “Young social media users’ legal consciousness about privacy”.

Katharine at Conference in Brussels

Organised by Maastricht University, Katharine has been invited to attend the conference “The cultural open method of coordination: A new boost for cultural policies in Europe?“, to be held at the Campus Brussels of Maastricht University in the Belgium capital on June 20, 2016.

She will chair a panel entitled “The cultural OMC in the fields of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, mobility, and accessible and inclusive culture: A view from within” and will additionally act as panelist for a discussion on “The cultural OMC – An assessment“.

For further details on the conference programme (draft) please check here.

Conference on “Audiovisual Media Services within the Digital Single Market” in Brussels

LSE Media Policy Project in collaboration with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) are organising a conference on Audiovisual Media Services within the Digital Single Market, to be held in Brussels (Belgium) on June 15, 2016.

Krisztina Rozgonyi and Katharine have been accepted to present their work on “Supporting European AV works diversity beyond quotas“.