As part of the Privacy Flag outreach activities, Prof. Anna Ståhlbröst from LTU talked at Vetenskapens Hus (meaning “House of Science”), on October 06, 2016[1]. The theme was “Digitization and man – the smart citizen” hence, addressing the following: In the community digital solutions are developed and these have implications for humans, in our everyday lives.









Figure 1: Anna Ståhlbröst giving a talk at Vetenskapens Hus, Luleå Sweden

Anna Ståhlbröst addressed how we are supposed to be able to handle different IT solutions for everything from making a call to drive a car and it places great demands on man. She argued that we must understand how we use technology and why, but also what can happen with the data we share.

Also Marita Holst from LTU has been talking at Vetenskapens Hus, on November 03, 2016[2]. The title of her talk was “Smart cities and regions through civic engagement” in which she addressed “Smart Cities” as a concept for cities seeking intelligent development, through initiatives that connect the physical and digital.

Figure 2: Marita Holst talking at Vetenskapens Hus, Luleå Sweden

Marita Holst stated that in some projects it is now understood that citizens’ participation and co-creation is as important as the technical solutions for the future of the cities. Here there is opportunity to create cooperation, participation and joint experiments developed by, and built on the initiative of various active players such as citizens, groups, organizations, authorities and companies.

On April 05, 2017, it was Ali Padyab’s turn (from LTU) at Vetenskapens Hus. His talk circled around services over the Internet, and especially Online Social Networks, and the fact that they use their users’ information for various purposes.

Figure 3: Ali Padyab giving a talk at Vetenskapens Hus, Luleå Sweden

Ali Padyab also mentioned that less is known about users’ attitudes towards these practices, and emphasized the importance to empower users with more awareness on the value their information disclosed and implications for their privacy. The recording from this talk is not yet published.


[1]     The talk can viewed at:

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 PRIVACY FLAG is at the moment one of the six EU projects on privacy innovation. The others are listed below:

•    VisiOn – Visual Privacy Management in User Centric Open Environments
•    Operando – Online privacy enforcement, rights assurance & optimization
•    Panoramix – Privacy and Accountability in Networks via Optimized Randomized Mix-nets
•    Types – Towards transparencY and Privacy in the onlinE advertising business
•    SafeCloud – Secure and Resilient Cloud Architecture,

PRIVACY FLAG also shares common interests with EU Projects in areas such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities. These are:
•    Organicity EU project – Co-creating smart cities of the future
•    U4IoT – User Engagement for Large Scale Pilots in the Internet of Things. (Project started in 01/01/2017)
•    ANASTACIA – Advanced Networked Agents for Security and Trust Assessment in CPS/IOT Architectures (Project started in 01/01/2017)
•    CREATE-IoT – Cross Fertilisation Through Alignment, Synchronisation and Exchanges For IoT (Project started in 01/01/2017)
•    WeLive – A neW concept of public administration based on citizen co-created mobile urban services

PRIVACY FLAG goal is to amplify the European privacy innovation community and promote the community’s position in an international context.