Tomorrow at 09:30 till 10:30 in panel “Balancing openness and privacy” from our foundation 🙂


Friday, October 7 • 09:30 – 10:30

Balancing openness and privacy



  • Helen Darbishire

 Access Info Europe, Executive Director

Biography: Helen Darbishire is a human rights activist specialising in the public’s right of access to information (freedom of information), and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments with more than 20 years of experience. Helen is Executive Director of Access Info Europe since 2006. Prior to founding and setting up Access Info Europe, Helen worked as a campaigner and project manager at Article 19 (1989 to 1998) based in London and Paris, and for the Open Society Institute (1999-2005) where she directed programmes on freedom of expression and freedom of information, based in Budapest and New York. Helen has provided expertise to a wide range of non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the World Bank. She is a founder of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network and served two terms as its chair (2004-2010).

  • Krzysztof Izdebski

Policy Director, ePaństwo Foundation

Lawyer and civic activist. He serves as a Policy Director in ePaństwo Foundation (EPF). For many years he deals with openness and transparency of public life. He is primarily interested in mutual interactions of various human rights, goods and interests. He is of the opinion that openness should firstly serve for democracy and technology of everyday life afterwards.

  • José Luis Pinar

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Doctor in Law

Biography: Doctor in Law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Professor of Administrative Law at Castilla-La Mancha (on leave) and CEU-San Pablo de Madrid Universities. He was Dean of the Law Faculty of both Universities and Vice-Rector of International Relations at CEU-San Pablo de Madrid University.

He was Director of the Spanish Data Protection Agency, Vice-President of the European Group of Data Protection Authorities and Founding President of the Iberoamerican Network for Data Protection. Jose Luis is Permanent Chairperson and President of the Department of Public Law of the General Commission of Codification. Lawyer and International Consultant on Data Protection and Access to Information. He holds the Cruz de Honor de San Raimundo de Peñafort. He is Director of the Master Oficial Universitario en Protección de Datos, Transparencia y Acceso a la Información, of CEU-San Pablo University, the only one of its kind that is accredited by ANECA. He has for many years campaigned for a high-quality transparency law in Spain, and participated in the Expert Commission on the analysis of the draft transparency, Access to information and good government Law (2012). He has authored a number of publications on public law, on particular between the rights of transparency and data protection. He has spoken at conferences in over 20 countries, and has participated in the editorial boards of various Spanish and international specialist public law magazines. Titular of the  Google Chair on Privacy, Society and Innovation, constituted in the CEU-San Pablo University and has  participated as international expert on the  Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten. Member of the Legal Commission of the General Council of the Spanish Bar. Member of the Advisory Council of the Spanish Association of Foundation. Vice-President of the Jury for Self-Regulation of Advertising, Spain.

  • Julia Manske

Program Manager, Germany

Biography: Julia Manske is a Program Manager at stiftung neue verantwortung (SNV), a Berlin-based think tank. Currently she works on the project “Open Data & Privacy” focusing on the responsible collection, use and disclosure of data. She is also interested in digital policies and data innovation in the context of global development. Prior to the SNV, she worked for Vodafone, first in the Corporate Responsibility department in Germany, later with the newly founded Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications. There she was responsible for several national and international research projects, as well as product implementations in the area of social innovation. Julia studied social anthropology and social science at LMU, Munich and UNAM, Mexico City. She is a member of Think Tank 30, an offshoot of the Club of Rome, and a Research Affiliate with Data-Pop Alliance in New York.

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