FMA, Ateneo de Manila University to hold privacy and ICT conference

The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) in partnership with the University Data Protection Office (UDPO) of the Ateneo De Manila University will be holding a privacy forum on 18 January 2019, titled, “PANOPTICON: Privacy and ICT Conference” at the Leong Hall Auditorium of the school’s Loyola Heights campus.

Carrying the theme, “Privacy advocacy in a data-driven society”, the occasion offers participants a unique opportunity to discuss extensively the state of privacy and data protection in the Philippines.

It hopes to accomplish this by lending a multi-stakeholder lens to the analysis of current issues, by recommending effective solutions, and by allowing the sharing of best practices that may be implemented in the local setting.

The event will gather participants from the government, the private sector, and civil society, including media and the academe, thereby ensuring a rich and inclusive discussion on privacy and other related topics.

The five featured panels will take on the following key topics:

  1. Privacy and Data Protection: Regional Perspectives;
  2. Data Protection in the Classroom;
  3. Internet Intermediaries, Privacy, and a Borderless World;
  4. Data-Driven Societies and the Individual Right to Privacy; and
  5. The Privacy Professional.

Leading the roster of distinguished speakers will be Deputy Privacy Commissioner Ivy D. Patdu, who will provide the keynote address.

She will be joined by various professionals in the field of human rights, data protection, and information and communications technology, including former Deputy Privacy Commissioner Damian “Dondi” O. Mapa and former NPC Policy Director (current UDPO Director), Jamael A. Jacob. Ateneo de Manila president Fr. Jose Ramon “Jett” T. Villarin SJ will deliver a message from the university.

FMA is a non-governmental organization founded in 1987 that seeks to democratize information and communication systems and resources for citizens and communities. Since 1997, the organization has focused on the area of ICTs for development and human rights.

The UDPO is a primary unit responsible for ensuring the compliance by the University — including its various offices and personnel — with Republic Act No. 10173, also known as the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA), its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), and other applicable privacy and data protection laws and policies, including issuances by the National Privacy Commission (NPC).

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