The latest 19th Infocom World 2017 Conference that has been held in Athens, Greece, on October 25, 2017, (http://www.infocomworld.gr/) has been considered as “the greatest ICT & Media Conference in South-Eastern Europe” and it is widely regarded as “the major annual meeting of all the digital market stakeholders in order to implement Digital Transformation, following to current market needs and/or challenges.

The (global/European) telecoms market has actually entered a restructure era as of its technological, investment and strategic orientation. Regarding the specific case of Greece, it is assessed that that “digital bridges” are a challenging option towards the new economy. Infocom World 2017 has thus focused upon several modern challenges that could support the process towards restructuring the modern economy for the benefit of the society, via promoting digital innovation and growth. Among these have been the option of using “Fiber to the home” towards creating the Gigabit Era, as well as the “The Way Towards the 5G”, the “Digital Transformation” and “The Creation of Modern Interactive TV Platforms”. 

Infocom World is considered as the major annual industrial telecommunications conference in Greece and in the wider Balkan area and attracts the interest of all involved market actors. During the recent years, as a result of the “globalization” of the e-Communications market, the Conference has also attracted a broader interest. It is also supported by major telecommunications actors”, international bodies, National (Regulatory) Authorities, etc. More than 3.500 participants have joined the full Infocom World 2017 Event.

OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A.), in the scope of the prescribed WP6-related context of the “Privacy Flag” Project effort under his duty as the Project Coordinator, and also working in cooperation with the University of Athens (UoA), the Computer Technology Institute “Diophantus” (CTI), Velti S.A. (Velti), DunavNET (DNET), Istituto Italiano per la Privacy (IIP) and HWCommunications (HWC) has organized a major dedicated dissemination event, that is: the “Privacy Flag”-based Session (“Privacy Mechanisms to support evolution of Modern technologies”) of the 19th Infocom 2017 Conference.

In addition, the “Privacy Flag”-based Session has also been joined by the “OPERANDO” project (“Privacy Flag” and “OPERANDO” belong in the same thematic category of EU-funding activities). This was an additional opportunity for both projects to further “enhance” their interactivity in the framework of cooperation they have both initiated since previous phases of their activities.

There was also a second Session (“Small Cells in 5G Modern Era (The cases of “SESAME” and “5G ESSENCE” European projects)) for the case of two other 5G-PPP/H2020 Projects (i.e., the “SESAME” Project (GA No.671596) and the “5G ESSENCE” project (GA No.761592)) where OTE also participates as project coordinator, in order to correlate, to the extent possible and where relevant, “Privacy Flag”, “SESAME” and “5G ESSENCE” efforts.

Additionally, there was a third session about modern technologies and wider 5G-related aspects. There has been major representation of other actual 5G-PPP projects of both phase 1 and phase 2 (such as: “BlueSpace”, “5G-MEDIA”, “SLICENET”, “5G-PHOS”, “5G-PICTURE”, “MATILDA”, “CHARISMA”, “COHERENT”) as well as participation of other H2020 EU-funded projects (such as: “VICINITY”, “SmarterEMC2”, “CREDENTIAL” and “Cloud Perfect”).

Several other research-based activities have also been presented.

In the context of the three above sessions, there have been many opportunities for interactivity and exchange of information and /or experiences between all involved EU-funded projects.

The following figure presents the Infocom World Conference 2017 poster announcement as well, as the agenda of the “Privacy Flag” dedicated Session.

 

Figure 1: Infocom World 2017 and “Privacy Flag” Session

 

General information about Privacy Flag in Greek can be found online at:

https://www.infocomworld.gr/19o-infocom-world-2017/erevnitika-programmata-o-t-e/episkopisi-erevnitikon-programmaton-o-t-e/

Detailed information about the Privacy Flag Session’s uploaded presentations (as also depicted in Figure 2) can be found at:

https://www.infocomworld.gr/19o-infocom-world-2017/erevnitika-programmata-o-t-e/programma-erevnitikon-programmaton-o-t-e/

Several presentations have also been registered as “live” videos as well.

 

Figure 2: “Privacy Flag”-based Session’s Agenda and Full Program

 

The presentations have been performed quite successfully and have attracted a numerous audience of telecoms experts coming from various areas of the telecoms market as well as of the academia.

The framework was fully interactive, while several issues and a variety innovative features of the Privacy Flag project have been discussed and further analysed. Potential advantages and impact rising for the Privacy Flag scope have also been identified and assessed. Of particular importance has been the feedback collected by the audience, as potential end-users of the privacy Flag tools. The following figures (Figure 3 and 4) “depict” an overview of the first page of the Privacy Flag respective presentations, per presenter.

 

Figure 3: Privacy Flag Session in InfoCom World 2017 – Privacy Flag presentations (part 1 of 2)

 

Figure 4: Privacy Flag Session in InfoCom World 2017 – Privacy Flag presentations (part 2 of 2)

 

The next figure provides some highlights among several of the involved speakers in the Privacy Flag based Session in Infocom World 2017.

 

Figure 5: Privacy Flag Special Session in Infocom World 2017 – Highlights from some speeches

 

 

Finally, a short curriculum vitae (CV) of the presenter(s) per presentation is quoted bellow:

 

A1. “Privacy-Flag: Conceptual Approach and Overview”

Dr. Ioannis P. Chochliouros

Head of Research Programs Section, Fixed

Research and Development Department, Fixed & Mobile

Technology Strategy & Core Network Department, Fixed & Mobile

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE), Greece

Dr. Ioannis P. Chochliouros graduated from the Dept. of Electrical Engineering of the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, holding also a M.Sc. (D.E.A.) & a Ph.D. (Doctorat) from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France. His practical experience as an engineer has been mainly in Telecommunications, as well as in various constructive projects in Greece and the wider Balkan area. Since 1997, he has worked at the Competition Department and as an engineer-consultant of the Chief Technical Officer of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE). He has been very strongly involved in major OTE’s national and international business activities, as a specialist-consultant for technical and regulatory affairs, especially for the evaluation and the adoption of innovative e-Infrastructures and e-Services in Greece and abroad. He has also served as the Head of Technical Regulations Dept. of OTE’s Division for Standardization and Technical Regulations, representing OTE in international standardization fora and he has been involved in an enormous variety of issues regarding European and international standardization, with emphasis on modern technologies. In addition, he has also worked as an independent consultant in the scope of several European and/or international research and business studies. Since 2005, he is the Head of OTE’s Research Programs Section and has been involved in different national, European and international R&D projects and market-oriented activities, many of which have received international awards. During his professional career he has participated either as coordinator or as a scientist-researcher in more than 45 European and national research programs, some of which have received distinctive awards. He is author/co-author of three international books and he has published more than 200 distinct scientific or business papers/reports in the international literature (book chapters and articles in magazines, journals, and conferences proceedings), especially for technical, business and regulatory options arising from innovative e-Infrastructures and e-Services. He is an expert in project management activities with an extensive experience in EU-funded projects where he has very successfully exercised coordinator’s duties (e.g.: D-SPACE, LiveCity, Privacy-Flag, SESAME, 5G ESSENCE). He is also an active participant of various international and national associations, both of scientific and business nature. Dr. Chochliouros has also performed an extended educational activity in Greece and in France, in cooperation with Universities and other high-level Institutes, covering a broad variety of issues in the scope of modern e-communications.

 

A2. “Privacy Flag: Overall Architectural Evolution”

Dr. Nenad Gligoric and Dr. Srdjan Krčo

DunavNET, Serbia

Dr. Nenad Gligoric holds a Ph.D. from the University of Belgrade for IoT application in education. He was engaged as a software engineer in Ericsson on FP7 projects: HOBNET, EXALTED, OUTSMART and SmartSantander. In DunavNET, he is leading the development work, writing proposals, doing dissemination and related activities for research projects: FP7 SocIoTal, H2020 Privacy Flag and H2020 TagItSmart. From 2016 he is docent at the Faculty of Information Technology, Alfa University, Serbia. His work has been published in peered reviewed journals, book chapters and academic venues including Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, Transaction on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, PerCom, DCOSS, CyberC, etc.

Dr. Srdjan Krčo is currently managing and driving research activities in DunavNET. Previously, he was with Ericsson since 2000 where he held a number of positions (senior research engineer, system manager, project manager) and has worked in and managed a number of product development and research projects, focusing on M2M, Internet of Things and their application in various domains including the smart cities. He has participated in a number of FP7 projects (SocIoTal, IoT Lab, SENSEI, SmartSantander, IOT-i, Exalted, etc.) and is active in the Future Internet Assembly and IoT Forum. In 2007 he received the Innovation engineer of the Year Award in Ireland from the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.

 

A3. “Privacy by Design Strategy for the Privacy Flag Project: Data Protection Office and Model”

Mr. Luca Bolognini

Istituto Italiano per la Privacy, Italy

Mr. Luca Bolognini is member of the Rome Bar Association, founding partner at ICT Legal Consulting and, since 2008, he is the President of the Italian Institute for Privacy, the main private study centre of this matter in Italy. He deals in particular with legal and privacy aspects of cloud computing, marketing, e-Health, telecommunications, e-commerce, software industry, copyright and intellectual property rights, cybercrimes and cybersecurity. Luca Bolognini also provides assistance to companies by the Italian independent administrative authorities. Furthermore, he writes books and papers on ICT law and privacy issues. For many years, he has been writing editorials for Italian and international newspapers and magazines (such as Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, The Wall Street Journal, Affari Italiani, European Voice) and participating regularly as speaker in national and international conferences (including ITU Telecom World in Dubai), and radio/TV broadcasts on privacy, ICT law and innovation policies matters. Along with Diego Fulco, he wrote and edited the first Italian commentary on “Privacy Code for lawyers and private investigators”, published by Giuffrè (2009). He was also the co-author and editor of the book “Next Privacy”, published by RCS Etas (2010). He obtained his Law degree from the University of Bologna. Bolognini has lectured at the Alma Graduate School of the University of Bologna in the subject of e-government, at the Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione on the protection of personal data in the healthcare sector, at IED on privacy and social media, at the Privacy Officer TÜV certification master and for several other training and higher education programs throughout Italy. Since the 2013-2014 academic year he has been Lecturer at the Jemolo institute. Since 2010 he has been in charge of teaching privacy law at the Professional school of Legal Professions at the University of Teramo. He speaks fluent Italian and English, and has a good knowledge of Spanish.

 

A4. “Tools for Enhancing Privacy”

Dr. Alexandros Kostopoulos

Research Programs Section, Fixed

Research and Development Department, Fixed & Mobile

Technology Strategy & Core Network Department, Fixed & Mobile

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE), Greece

Dr. Alexandros Kostopoulos holds two Master Degrees in Telecommunications (University of Athens), and in Computer Science (University of Piraeus). He received his Ph.D. from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) in 2013. He was a visiting lecturer in AUEB, as well as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Computer Science, in FORTH, in 2013-14. He is currently working at the Research and Development Department of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) on several research projects. He has published 24 papers in scientific journals and conferences with more than 100 citations.

 

A5. “Technical Enablers within the Privacy Flag Framework”

Prof. Vasileios Vlachos

Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”, Greece 

Prof. Vasileios Vlachos is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Informatics of TEI in Thessaly. He collaborates as an experienced Engineer for Research and Development with the Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”. He was a member of the Action Group on Digital Security (DART) to the Special Secretariat for Digital Planning of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Dr. Vlachos is a graduate of Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete, and also holds a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Integrated Hardware Systems and Software from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Dept. of the University of Patras. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics. He has taught at the University of Thessaly, at the University of Central Greece and at the Piraeus University. He is a member of: The Board of Directors of the Union of Free Software / Open Source Software (STP / OSS); the Board of the Union of Engineers of Informatics and Communications in Greece; the Board of the Greek Society of Scientists and Information and Communication Professionals. He is also the General Secretary of the Board of Educational Personnel Association of TEI in Thessaly.

 

A6. “The Privacy Flag End-User Tools for Websites, Smartphones and IoT”

Dr. Andreas Drakos

Velti S.A., Greece

Dr. Andreas Drakos graduated from the University of Peloponnese, Dept. of Electronics and Communications and also holds a Ph.D. from the same academic institute. He has an extensive research experience and he has been involved in various European research programs. He is actually the Head of Velti’s Research Programs.

 

A7. “Privacy Flag Observatory & Privacy Flag Early Warning System (EWS)

Prof. Vasileios Vlachos

Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”, Greece

 Prof. Vasileios Vlachos is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Informatics of TEI in Thessaly. He collaborates as an experienced Engineer for Research and Development with the Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”. He was a member of the Action Group on Digital Security (DART) to the Special Secretariat for Digital Planning of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Dr. Vlachos is a graduate of Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete, and also holds a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Integrated Hardware Systems and Software from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Dept. of the University of Patras. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Management Science and Technology of the Athens University of Economics. He has taught at the University of Thessaly, at the University of Central Greece and at the Piraeus University. He is a member of: The Board of Directors of the Union of Free Software / Open Source Software (STP / OSS); the Board of the Union of Engineers of Informatics and Communications in Greece; the Board of the Greek Society of Scientists and Information and Communication Professionals. He is also the General Secretary of the Board of Educational Personnel Association of TEI in Thessaly.

 

A8. “In-Depth Evaluation Tools”

Mr. George Mourikas

HWCommunications Ltd., United Kingdom

 Mr. George Mourikas is a Research and Development Engineer. George joined HWC in 2006 and led the implementation activity in a number of security and privacy projects. Most notably, George led the implementation of HWC’s Dynamic Consent Enterprise Framework; a system developed to aid in the management of consent within enterprise information systems (EnCoRe project). He also led the system development the HWC’s Trust Enabling Augmented-reality Support for information-Environment system (TEASE project); a system developed to communicate trustworthiness of information in the online cyber world. Currently (2014) involved in the ongoing USEMP project leading the development involvement for HWC in the architecture implementation; USEMP aims at developing a framework that will empower users of Online Social Networks by enhancing their control over the data they distribute or interact with (so privacy control).

 

A9. “Integration, Test and Validation Processes in the Privacy Flag Context”

Prof. Yannis Stamatiou

Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”, Greece

Prof. Yannis Stamatiou has graduated from the University of Patras, Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics. Dr. Stamatiou is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Business Administration of the University of Patras, Greece and Consultant on Cryptography and Security for the Security Sector of the Computer Technology Institute & Press (“Diophantus”) in Patras, Greece. His interests lay in cryptography, modelling of computer viruses/worms in computer networks, cryptanalysis and ICT security with a focus in eVoting and eGovernment related security protocols and systems. He has extensive experience in theoretical and applied computer science with a focus on cryptography and ICT security. He is, also, acting as a Program Committee member in several security/cryptography related conferences as well as a reviewer for several peer reviewed scientific journals. He has published over 60 research articles in peer reviewed international journals and conference proceedings while he has given numerous invited lectures on cryptography and ICT security related subjects. He has also participated as a reviewing expert three times in EU calls for proposals in security related areas. Finally, he has extensive experience on the privacy preserving technologies, with a focus on the Privacy-ABCs technology, through his participation in the ABC4Trust EU project.

 

A10.“End-Users Tests and Validation “Processes”

Dr. Alexandros Kostopoulos and Dr. Ioannis Chochliouros

Research Programs Section, Fixed

Research and Development Department, Fixed & Mobile

Technology Strategy & Core Network Department, Fixed & Mobile

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE), Greece

Dr. Alexandros Kostopoulos holds two Master Degrees in Telecommunications (University of Athens), and in Computer Science (University of Piraeus). He received his Ph.D. from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) in 2013. He was a visiting lecturer in AUEB, as well as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Computer Science, in FORTH, in 2013-14. He is currently working at the Research and Development Department of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) on several research projects. He has published 24 papers in scientific journals and conferences with more than 100 citations.

Dr. Ioannis P. Chochliouros graduated from the Dept. of Electrical Engineering of the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, holding also a M.Sc. (D.E.A.) & a Ph.D. (Doctorat) from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France. His practical experience as an engineer has been mainly in Telecommunications, as well as in various constructive projects in Greece and the wider Balkan area. Since 1997, he has worked at the Competition Department and as an engineer-consultant of the Chief Technical Officer of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE). He has been very strongly involved in major OTE’s national and international business activities, as a specialist-consultant for technical and regulatory affairs, especially for the evaluation and the adoption of innovative e-Infrastructures and e-Services in Greece and abroad. He has also served as the Head of Technical Regulations Dept. of OTE’s Division for Standardization and Technical Regulations, representing OTE in international standardization fora and he has been involved in an enormous variety of issues regarding European and international standardization, with emphasis on modern technologies. In addition, he has also worked as an independent consultant in the scope of several European and/or international research and business studies. Since 2005, he is the Head of OTE’s Research Programs Section and has been involved in different national, European and international R&D projects and market-oriented activities, many of which have received international awards. During his professional career he has participated either as coordinator or as a scientist-researcher in more than 45 European and national research programs, some of which have received distinctive awards. He is author/co-author of three international books and he has published more than 200 distinct scientific or business papers/reports in the international literature (book chapters and articles in magazines, journals, and conferences proceedings), especially for technical, business and regulatory options arising from innovative e-Infrastructures and e-Services. He is an expert in project management activities with an extensive experience in EU-funded projects where he has very successfully exercised coordinator’s duties (e.g.: D-SPACE, LiveCity, Privacy-Flag, SESAME, 5G ESSENCE). He is also an active participant of various international and national associations, both of scientific and business nature. Dr. Chochliouros has also performed an extended educational activity in Greece and in France, in cooperation with Universities and other high-level Institutes, covering a broad variety of issues in the scope of modern e-communications.

 

A11. “Data Privacy: Insight of Focus Groups”

Prof. Nancy Alonistioti, Mr. Makis Stamatelatos and Mr. Panagiotis Kontopoulos

Department of Informatics and Telecommunications

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Prof. Nancy Alonistioti has a B.Sc. degree and a Ph.D. degree in Informatics and Telecommunications (Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications, UoA). She has over 15 years of experience in numerous national and European projects, including project/technical management experience (MOBIVAS, ANWIRE, LAISON, E2R I, II, E3, Self-NET, SACRA, CONSERN, UniverSelf, SmartAgriFood). She is currently leading the SCAN group activities in the Dept. Informatics in UoA. She is member of the Future Internet Assembly Steering Committee. She has also undertaken management activities as a PMT member and WP Leader of the FP6 IST- E2R and FP7 E3 projects and the PC of FP7 ICT Self-NET and FP7 ICT CONSERN projects. She has over 100 publications in the area of Future Internet, cognitive management, autonomic communications and reconfigurable mobile systems.

Mr. Makis Stamatelatos has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications (University of Athens). He participated in several national and EU projects (E²R, E²R II, E3, Self-NET, SACRA, UniverSelf, CONSERN, LiveCity, and SPECIFI) as well as in the IEEE SCC41, the P1900.4 the standard development whilst he is currently following the ETSI TC RRS. He has also contributed to OMA and OMG. His research interests include business and system architecture modelling, information modelling and context and knowledge management.

Mr. Panagiotis Kontopoulos is a researcher working at the Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications (University of Athens). He is actually participating in several EU projects with “Privacy Flag” being among his core interests.

 

A12. “Taking Back Control of Your Data with OPERANDO”

Mr. Achilleas Papageorgiou

Department of Informatics 

University of Piraeus

Mr. Achilleas Papageorgiou (Maroussi, Greece 1983) is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus. His current areas of interest is focused on security and privacy in personalized health services, smart health, social networks and Internet of Things (IoT). He holds a M.Sc. in Digital Communications and Networks, from the Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece and a B.Sc. in Communications, Informatics and Management, from the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Greece. Finally, Mr. Papageorgiou also works as Web and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist.