the future of Digital Identity
or the death of Social Media as we know it.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15
Location: - Sint Antoniesbreestraat 16, 1011 HB Amsterdam [Next to Nieuwmarkt]
The conference language is English.
Tickets: Euro 10 (Students), Euro 20 (Members etc.) or Euro 30.

This event is supported by & Freelance Factory


Without really noticing, our society has gone through a revolutionary change. In the last 30 years the world as we knew it has been moved from an analogue to a digital foundation. We have become completely dependent upon this new foundation. Some of the effects of this revolution we see, many we can't even start to think about. Social encounters in physical space are facilitated by all human senses. All our impressions combined help us build up an impression of someone. Once we get to know someone, we get a feel of someone's identity.

In cyberspace, everything is reduced to bits of information, transported across utterly unknown digital pathways. Is the person we interact with on Skype the same person we shook hands with yesterday? Can we detect someone else digitally impersonating someone you know 'in the flesh'? When you have been impersonated, can you defend against it? Will our online activities follow us through the whole life? Things we did as young people play a role at every job interview? This may look bleak, but at this point in time, we can't even imagine the effect of the digital revolution.

The positive effects of the digital revolution are endless. For hundreds of years we augmented ourselves, using glasses, hearing aids and artificial limbs to overcome our biological limits. More fully integrating digital technology enables us to truly transcend them. Instead of just our five senses, we will develop new senses and develop new ways of interacting with reality, people and tools. This will have an even larger impact on the way we live and work together.

Concept: John Grüter, Owner, Digital Knowledge. Club of Amsterdam Round Table

The speaker and topics are

Michael Hagen, CEO, IDchecker
Can you be in control of your online identity?

Nowadays we can't imagine a world without Internet anymore. We use the Internet for Social media, shopping, search engine etc and because of that we share a whole lot of information about ourselves. Once the information is there, it is nearly impossible to get it of the Internet. Is there a way we are able to change this? I think there is hope for all of us!

Balázs Bodó, economist, piracy researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Living in the Panopticon

The story of having a double identity / multiple personas is one of the most basic toposes of human imagination. We don’t need to be Dr. Jekyll (and Mr. Hyde), or Superman (and Clarke Kent) to realize that most of us have more than one face. One we show in public, one, we prefer to keep private, one, we consciously maintain, another we unwillingly hint at, etc. The Internet makes it hard to compartmentalize these personas, since we all live in the “perfect prison”, in the Panopticon. Will Jeremy Bentham’s dream “Morals reformed — health preserved — industry invigorated — instruction diffused — public burthens lightened — Economy seated, as it were, upon a rock — the gordian knot of the poor-law not cut, but untied — all by a simple idea in Architecture!” will finally be achieved now?

Annie Machon, Director, LEAP Europe. Formerly MI5
Panoptic Dystopia or Citizens' Utopia?

We are at a crossroads in history: never before have people had such access to information and the ability to communicate with others as the Internet now provides. Conversely, never before have governments, intelligence agencies and corporations had such an ability to track our every move, thought and word, with social media such as Facebook providing access the spies could only dream of 15 years ago. As technology continues to evolve, how do we, as citizens, preserve our basic freedoms?

18:30 - 19:00
Reception & Welcome Drinks

19:00 - 20:00
Introduction by our Moderator
John Grüter, Owner, Digital Knowledge. Club of Amsterdam Round Table

Part I

Michael Hagen, CEO, IDchecker
Can you be in control of your online identity?

Balázs Bodó, economist, piracy researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Living in the Panopticon

Annie Machon
, Director, LEAP Europe. Formerly MI5
Panoptic Dystopia or Citizens' Utopia?

20:15 - 20:45
Coffee break with drinks and snacks.

20:45 - 21:15
Part II

Open discussion

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....Student Ticket: 10,-
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........earlier: 18:30-19:00 makes online services and commerce successful. We connect ICT and online Marketing with your business in order for you to build a fruitful relationship with your customers. We function as directors and guard the complete process, with a sharp eye on details. Our principles are simple: Create 1 overarching online platform, treat your customers like kings, and acknowledge data as the fuel of your business. In short: makes sure that every online contact with your brand or organization happens fluently. For an optimal online result.

In short
· Founded in 1994
· Full service online agency in the centre of Amsterdam
· The best knowledgeable agency in 2010, 2011 and 2012 according to Emerce 100
· ± 70 enthusiastic employees
· Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Riga and Sofia.

Freelance Factory

Michael Hagen
CEO, IDchecker

I started my career as a purchasing and logistic manager back in 1993. From 1997-2007 I lead my employment agency DyFlex, which I successfully sold to In Person in 2008. Since 2005 I've been building the concept of IDchecker, which is to create a service who will help consumers and companies to be safer online. Our goal is to free the true potential of Internet.

IDchecker checks and processes digitalised identification documents so that the user can easily establish the identity of a potential employee, customer or visitor, in person or online.

Balázs Bodó
conomist, piracy researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

He was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society in 2006/7 and a Fellow at the Center between 2006 and 2012. Since 2012 he has been a Fulbright Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Since 2013 he is based in Amsterdam, working as a researcher and a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam.

Before moving to the Netherlands, he was deeply involved in the development of the Hungarian internet culture. He was the project lead for Creative Commons Hungary. He is a member of the National Copyright Expert Group. As an assistant professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, he helped to established and led the university’s Masters Program in Cultural Industries. He has advised several public and private institutions on digital archives, content distribution, online communities, business development. His academic interests include copyright and economics, piracy, media regulation, peer-to-peer communities, underground libraries, digital archives, informal media economies. His most recent book is on the role of P2P piracy in the Hungarian cultural ecosystem.

Annie Machon

Director, LEAP Europe. Formerly MI5

Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for the UK's MI5 in the 1990s, before leaving to help blow the whistle on the crimes and incompetence of the British spy agencies.

She is now a writer, media commentator, political campaigner, and international public speaker on a variety of related issues: the war on terrorism, the war on drugs, and the war on the internet.

In 2012 she started as a Director of LEAP in Europe.

Annie has an MA (Hons) Classics from Cambridge University.

John Grüter
Owner, Digital Knowledge
Club of Amsterdam Round Table

Business Architect, Knowledge Management Specialist, Business Developer, Systems Thinker, IT Generalist & Change Agent

Digital technology is rapidly transforming our society, our business practices and lives. Technology is a driver, but not the real issue. Adoption by individuals, companies and governments is far more important. But how can we manage the technology, the adoption process and the effect on our businesses and private lives, without getting lost in that change?

Business Architecture; Knowledge Management; Process and Services Innovation; New Business Development; Product Management
Sint Antoniesbreestraat 16
1011 HB Amsterdam

[Next to Nieuwmarkt]

Public Transport

Metrostop Nieuwmarkt, exit


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Oosterdokstraat 150, 1011 DK Amsterdam
Special evening rate (Park & Party: Daily 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.) € 10,- per evening.
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Parking Stopera / Muziektheater
Waterlooplein 28, 1011 PG Amsterdam

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