A week with EDRi Brussels
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Now that EDRi has taken up home in its new office in Brussels, we thought that it might be interesting to share a brief insight into what a typical week looks like for us. The truth is that there is no typical week, they are all wonderfully diverse. But just to give you a small taste of what it can be like, here is how EDRi's office agenda looked like last week::
Monday: Following some feverish work over the weekend, the final touches were put to our response to the consultation on net neutrality from the European Commission. We also continued our work on our position paper on the Directive on Collective Rights Management, which is at the start of the legislative process in the European Parliament.
Tuesday: At lunchtime, our Executive Director took part in a lively debate organised by the European Telecommunications Networks Operators association (ETNO) and the GSM Association on the lack of consistency between the proposed General Data Protection Regulation and the existing E-Privacy Directive. The event was chaired by the MEP in charge of the dossier in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (Italian EPP Member, Laura Comi). Other panellists were the European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, Lars Kindervater from Deutsche Telekom, Giuseppe Abbamonte from the European Commission and Cristina Vela from ETNO.
On Tuesday evening, we also took part in an event at the Google office on activism.
Wednesday: After months of cooperation with EDRi's members, our “protectmydata.eu” website dedicated to the review of the European Data Protection framework was launched. The website is the product of months of deliberation with members and observers, with a lot of the hard work being done by our current and former interns, particularly Elena Cantello and Owe Langfeldt.
Our attention then turned to providing a comprehensive analysis of Laura Comi's draft Data Protection Opinion, which was communicated to the European Parliament and uploaded to our website today. Despite the number of concerns we have with the draft, we have already had very positive and constructive feedback from Ms Comi.
On Wednesday afternoon, we took part in a hearing organised by Bulgarian Socialist MEP Ivalo Kalfin on the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). The other participants were Amelia Andersdotter (Sweden, Greens/EFA, Pirate Party), Eddy Hertog (European Commission) and Luigi Gambardella (ETNO).
Thursday: In the morning, EDRi was one of the speakers at an event organised by the Progressive Group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament entitled “Copyright: What is broken, how to mend it.” The meeting was opened by Group President Hannes Swoboda and Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume. Other speakers included the Institute for Information Law from the University of Amsterdam, the Association of European Performers' Organisations, the European Digital Media Association, Google, Deezer and the European Consumers' Bureau.
On Thursday afternoon, we welcomed a delegation from the Dutch Police Academy. This is the second year where EDRi has participated in the European module of the further education programme of the academy. This year, we discussed the review of the European data protection framework.
Friday: We participated in the European Commission's (DG Connect) half-day meeting on “cybersecurity from a societal perspective”. The event brought together a small group of cyber-security experts from around Europe to discuss European Commission funding under the Horizon2020 research programme in the security field.
Through the week, we continued to receive applications for the post of “senior office manager”. This is a post we need to fill in order to allow our policy staff to focus on policy and to ensure that we can build on our recent growth to defend citizens' rights online even more effectively.
EDRi's new office contacts
EDRi website with comments on draft EU data protection legislation
Net neutrality consultation response
Video of WCIT meeting
Presentation to the copyright event
EDRi job vacancy - Office Manager
Deadline - 6 November 2012
(Contribution by Joe McNamee - EDRi)