Priviledge Virtual Workshop

15. October 2020
11:00 - 13:00 CEST
Registration is closed.

“Data Sharing and Privacy – What Has Changed in the Era of COVID? A Deep Dive into Policy Dilemmas and New Technological Solutions”

From contact tracing apps to economic forecasting, 2020 has seen a range of innovative new uses for data – and also re-ignited long-standing debates on data sharing, data protection, privacy and public interest. Join PRIViLEDGE, a Horizon-2020 funded project releasing data privacy and anonymity tools, for an investigation into how blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) can offer solutions for data security and privacy issues. 

This interdisciplinary virtual workshop brings together researchers, innovators and policy makers. We kick off with a keynote panel that explores how political and policy priorities around data and privacy have evolved since the beginning of 2020. This will be followed by a briefing from four Horizon 2020 projects that present insights and new techniques for data security and privacy. Finally, the European Commission will reflect on how the European Union’s strategies for data and blockchain will support further innovation in coming years.

The workshop’s aims to provide answers to the following questions:

  1. What are the most relevant scientific and technological advances in DLT being developed under Horizon 2020 research and innovation actions, especially from security and privacy aspects?
  2. What are the ongoing strategic initiatives undertaken by the EU to develop DLT technologies, and what kind of cooperation opportunities arise for the EU’s DLT research community?
  3. How can the policy stakeholders and research community work together to support the EU's strategic goals on blockchain?


11:00 - 11:05

Opening words and introduction

Prof. Ivan Visconti
Scientific coordinator at University of Salerno, PRIViLEDGE

 11:05 – 11:35

KEY-NOTE PANEL: privacy & Security issues in DATA SHARING and BIG DATA USAGE

  • Prof. Dimosthenis AnagnostopoulosSecretary General of Information Systems of Public Sector of the Ministry of Digital Governance, Greece.
  • Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Founder,; Board Member, MyData Global
  • Jade Nester, Director of Consumer Policy, GSMA.

In conversation with Ain Aaviksoo, Chief Medical Officer, Guardtime. Former Chief Digital and Innovation Officer for Health, Estonia.
 11:35 - 12:50

New innovations: Cutting-edge insights on privacy and data sharing from EU-funded research



Prof. Ivan Visconti, Scientific coordinator at University of Salerno, PRIViLEDGE


Prof. Dimosthenis Anagnostopoulos

Dimosthenis Anagnostopoulos is a Professor in the Department of Informatics and Telematics in the area of Information Systems and Simulation. From August 2019, he serves as Secretary General of Information Systems of Public Sector of the Ministry of Digital Governance.

He served as the National Representative of Greece for ICT in Horizon 2020 (2014-2015). He has also served as Secretary General of Information Systems of the Greek Ministry of Finance and Economics (2004 - 2009). His research interests include eGovernment, Information Systems, Semantic Web and Web Services, Modelling and Simulation Methodologies and Applications (networks, transportation systems) and Business Process Modelling.

Paul-Olivier Dehaye

Paul-Olivier Dehaye is the Director of PersonalData.IO, a nonprofit focused on making data rights individually actionable and collectively useful. He has contributed to the uncovering of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He is on the Board of Directors of MyData Global and co-founder of MyData Geneva.

Jade Nester

Jade Nester is Director, Consumer Policy, at the GSMA, a trade association representing the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. Jade has 14 years of experience working on technology policy issues. Prior to joining the GSMA, she was at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company, where she advised clients on compliance with privacy and data protection frameworks. Between 2006 and 2014, she worked for the U.S. government, including as Senior Advisor for Internet Policy at NTIA in the Commerce Department and Director, Internet Public Policy at the State Department.

Toon Segers 


Toon is a PhD researcher in applied cryptography at TU Eindhoven, focusing on Secure Multi-Party Computation (MPC). Toon is head of product of Roseman Labs, a high-tech software company that delivers privacy solutions based on MPC. (...)

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Prof. Christos Xenakis


Prof. Christos Xenakis is a faculty member of the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus. He has participated in numerous projects realized in the context of EU Programs (ACTS, ESPRIT, IST, AAL, DGHOME, Marie Curie, Horizon2020) as well as National Programs (Greek). (...)

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Francisco J. G. Gala


Francisco Gala works for Atos Research and Innovation (ARI) as Head of the Secure Societies and Societal Transformation Unit. He holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences and an MBA. He has 17-year multidisciplinary experience in the UK and Spain, having worked in different key sectors such as ICT, engineering, environmental protection and utilities. (...)

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Konstantinos Loupos


Konstantinos Loupos (M), Head of R&D Program, holds an MBA (Hellenic Open University, GR), M.Sc. in Microelectronics Systems Design (University of Southampton, UK) with distinction and M.Eng. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (University of Manchester, UK). He has extensive experience in embedded systems and sensors and microelectronics systems, security systems, IoT technologies and Cybersecurity. (...)

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Helen Köpman

Helen Köpman is Deputy Head of Unit for Digital Innovation & Blockchain, at DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission in Brussels. The unit elaborates EU policy initiatives to support digital innovation, blockchain and growth of startups and include Startup Europe, ICT standardisation and innovation procurement. The unit leads along with DG FISMA, the European Commission Task Force on Financial Technology.


Prof. Ivan Visconti

Ivan Visconti is a professor of computer science at the Computer and Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics Department of the University of Salerno. His research focuses on advanced cryptographic notions and tools and their applications to Blockchain Technology.

Ain Aaviksoo

Ain Aaviksoo, MD MPH, is Chief Medical Officer at Guardtime. As the former Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at the Estonia Ministry of Social Affairs he oversaw the digital transformation and innovation of social security area in Estonia, including health, labour and social matters. He has working experience as a physician, senior level civil servant, researcher, service design consultant and entrepreneur.


Liis Livin
Communication Manager for R&D projects