Call for Papers: Halfway Through the Digital Single Market Strategy: “Bedrock of Trust” or illusion?

13/12/2018 to 14/12/2018

Call for Papers

The Law Faculty of the University of Lille cordially invites junior and senior researchers to participate in a conference held as part of the Horizon 2020 project “”, on the 13th and 14th December 2018. The conference will be hosted by the Law Faculty.


H2020 is a coordinating and support action of the European Commission seeking to foster trust in new and emerging ICT products and services by encouraging the use of labels and certification schemes. The multidisciplinary consortium (Universities of Graz, Madrid, and Lille, the Digital Catapult and Knowledge Transfer Network,, AUI Spain) released a set of studies on legal, ethical, sociological and technical concerns surrounding ICT trustworthiness, as well as a Criteria Catalogue and Recommendations to bolster the certification market in the EU.
For two years, we have brought together academics, practitioners, businesses, officials and citizens to debate on privacy and security issues, and wish this dialogue to carry on even after the end of the project in 2019.

The purpose of this conference is to disseminate our results and debate on current issues in the European Digital Single Market.

Conference Theme

More than halfway through the intended lifespan of the Digital Single Market Strategy, and after the achievement of several key milestones (GDPR, NIS Directive, ENISA Regulation Proposal...), how far are we from the “fair, open and secure digital environment” in the EU promised in 2015?

Worries about the erosion of privacy and the lack of security in the cyberspace have not been quelled in European minds and remain a barrier to the growth of the digital economy. Yet, for most areas of focus of the DSM policies, new instruments and orientations have been adopted, and their result are already felt. Now that new debates are ongoing regarding intellectual property rights and disinformation on the internet (“fake news”), it is time to review whether the current approach is actually fulfilling the expectations of the public.

Submissions are welcome on any of the following topics:

  • Personal data protection in the post-GDPR era and privacy concerns
  • Cybersecurity policies in the EU, their implementation at state-level, the remaining technical and legal gaps
  • The current or envisioned role of EU institutions and their doctrine (European Data Protection Board, ENISA, Data Protection Supervision...)
  • Economic aspects of privacy, security, and general digital trustworthiness (large and small enterprises, public institutions...)
  • Conflicts and issues involving European fundamental rights and values in the digital world
  • First-hand experiences in certification and labelling, practical issues, costs and benefits


25-30 minutes presentations followed by Q&A.

Submissions and deadline

We encourage researchers wishing to participate to submit a topic for presentation and corresponding abstract (400 words max.) until 23 November 2018.
Submissions and any questions regarding the conference can be sent to the following address:


  • Marcel Moritz, MCF HDR, Assistant Professor, University of Lille
  • Valentin Gibello, PhD Candidate, University of Lille


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