mw. dr. K. (Kristina) Irion


  • Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
    Informatierecht
  • Bezoekadres
    BG 5
    Vendelstraat 7  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 2.35
  • Postadres:
    Vendelstraat  7
    1012 XX  Amsterdam
  • K.Irion@uva.nl

Kristina Irion is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam and Postdoctoral Researcher to the project Personalised Communication. She is the faculty organiser of the Annual IViR Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy and teaches in the Research Master's in Information Law. She is Associate Professor (on research leave) at the School of Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest (Hungary).

Kristina obtained her Dr. iuris degree from Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), and holds a Masters degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK). She was a part time Legal Officer at the Data Protection Authority in Berlin and worked as Senior Regulatory Counsel for a German mobile network operator. Kristina also gained working experience as a trainee at the European Commission in Brussels and she was a visiting fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington.

Her research covers EU law, regulation and public policy in the fields of electronic communications, online media, content and services as well as privacy and data protection. As a Marie Curie Fellow she accomplished her individual research project on Governing Digital Information which explores how cloud computing transforms the (legal) relationship between individuals and their personal records. She lead-authored a recent study which identifies possible tensions between EU data protection law and free trade agreements. She is intrigued by the combined effects of individuals' online activities and commercial surveillance on society and global information governance.

Kristina was key personnel of four collaborative European research projects on privacy, independent media supervisory authorities, and building functioning media institutions. She provided expertise to the European Commission and the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the OECD and ENISA as well as collaborating with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). As a member of the Scientific Committee, she contributes to the organisation of the annual Computer Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Conference. She is a member of the international advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

Research grants
2014 – 2015 Marie Curie fellow to the project GODINO – Governing Digital Information, Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (Grant Agreement Number 327916), in cooperation with the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam
2012 – 2013 Scientific advisor to the research project “Development of functional media institutions in Western Balkans - a comparative study”, Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP) Western Balkans grant 2012
2010 – 2011 Research director of the European Privacy and Human Rights (EPHR) project, European Commission, Specific Programme Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
2009 – 2010 Coordinator of the Broadening The Range Of Awareness in Data Protection (BROAD) project, European Commission, Specific Programme Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
2000 – 2003 Doctoral research fellowship, Hans Böckler Foundation, Düsseldorf (Germany)

 

Commissioned research
9/2015-2/2016 Advisory board member to the impact assessment of new legislative proposal of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (SMART 2015/0048) commissioned by European Commission (DG CONNECT) and executed by Visionary Analytics, Vilnius (LT)
8/2015 Study team leader, Comparative study of best European practices of online content regulation.Study commissioned by the Council of Europe, Strasburg (FR)
10/2014 Study team leader, The Independence and Functioning of the Audiovisual Media Authority in Albania, Study commissioned by the Council of Europe, Strasburg (FR)
10/2012-2013 Rapporteur of the Task Force on Online Data Processing in the context of the reform of the EU data protection directive, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels (BE)
9/2010-6/2011 Expert to the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) in a joint privacy & trust scenario assessment on Emerging social networking applications and technologies, Heraklion (GR)
2010 –3/2011 Key public policy expert in the study Indicators for independence and efficient functioning of audiovisual media services regulatory bodies for the purpose of enforcing the rules in the AVMS Directive (INDIREG), commissioned by European Commission, Consortium Hans Bredow Institute (Hamburg), University of Leuven, CEU (Budapest), Cullen Int. (Namur) and Perspective Associates (London).
2010 – 3/2011 Consultant of the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy (WPISP) for drafting the background report on Protecting Children Online: Risks Faced By Children Online and Policies to Protect Them and developing Policy Principles, OECD, Paris (FR)

 

Keynotes

“Your digital home is no longer your castle: How cloud computing transforms the (legal) relationship between individuals and their digital assets”, IT Law Conference, Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL), 26 June 2015, Trinity College Dublin (IR)

”EU Data Protection and Consumer Cloud Computing”, keynote delivered at the Privacy & Innovation International Conference, University of Hong Kong, 8 June 2015, Hong Kong (HK)

“The Independence of NRAs: Tool and Practices to Strengthen Independence”, invited keynote speaker, 40th EPRA meeting, 9-11 October 2014, Tbilisi (GE)

“Indicators for formal and actual independence of regulatory bodies in the media sector”, presentation at the Council of Europe Regional Conference Indicators for Independence of Media Regulatory Bodies,  6 – 7 March 2014, Tirana (AL)

Panelist of the main session on "Emerging Issues: Cloud Computing", Internet Governance Forum, 17 September 2010, Vilnius (LT)

Panel organiser

‘Surveillance Capitalism: A New Societal Condition Rising’, Computer Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) International Conference, 27-29 January 2016, Brussels (BE)

'End-users at the mercy of the cloud and the future role of public policy’, Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2015, 23-26 October 2015, Amsterdam (NL)

 ‘Privacy by analogy: Lessons from copyright law, environmental law, consumer protection law and financial regulations’, 8th International Conference Computer Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP), 21-23 January 2015, Brussels (BE)

Panel ‘The myth of users’ empowerment and how future law and policy can be better informed’, European Communication Conference 2014, 12-15 November 2014, Lisbon (PT)

 ‘Internet Intermediaries and Data Protections’, Public Voice Conference ‘Our Data, Our Lives’, 23 September 2013, Warsaw (PL)

Panel ‘Independent regulatory agencies in the media sector: Media governance, delegation, accountability and assessment of independence’, 4th European Communication Conference, 24-27 October 2012, Istanbul (TR)

Workshop ‘Online free expression and protecting privacy’, 22/09/2010, conference ‘Internet at Liberty 2010. the promise and peril of online free expression’, 20-22/09/2010, CEU and Google, Budapest (HU)

Paper presentations

“Your digital home is no longer your castle: How cloud computing transforms the (legal) relationship between individuals and their digital assets”, 5th European Communication Conference (ECC), 12-15 November 2014, Lisbon (PT)

“Accountability unchained: Bulk Data Retention, Preemptive Surveillance, and Transatlantic Data Protection”, 5th ECPR Regulatory Governance Conference 2014, 25 to 27 of June 2014, Barcelona (ES)

“Personal Data Protection in Consumer Online Transactions: How behavioral economics can inform EU data protection policy and law”, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference 2013, SLS Cyberlaw Section, 3-6 September 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

“Online Personal Data Processing and the EU Data Protection Reform”, launch event at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, 8 April 2013

“Measuring Independence: Approaches, Limitations and a New Ranking Tool”, presentation at 4th European Communication Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 24-27 October 2012

 “The Hollowing-out of Communications Secrecy”, Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) WG4 Workshop, 1-3 October 2012, Budapest (HU)

(with Cavaliere, Paolo), “Communication across Social Networks: The Benefits and Limits of an Interconnection Policy 2.0”, 23rd European Regional Conference of the ITS “Technology Drivers and Social Change”, 1 - 4 July 2012, Vienna (AT)

“Not the Sum of its Pieces: The Protection of Children Online as a Multi-Dimensional Governance Challenge”, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) 4th Standing Group on Regulation & Governance Biennial Conference , University of Exeter, 27-29 June 2012, Exeter (UK)

“The Governance of Cybersecurity”, 27th EuroCPR conference 2012, 25-27 March 2012, Ghent (BE)

"EU policy and regulation of technical platform services to digital television",  Post and Electronic Communications Agency of the Republic of Slovenia APEK., 24 October 2011, Ljubljana (SL)

"Independent Data Protection Authorities: Theory and practice of institutional independence and the judgment of the Court of Justice against Germany". Conference organized by the Hungarian Parliamentarian Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, 28 September 2011, Budapest (HU)

“Government Cloud Computing and the Policies of Data Sovereignty”, 22nd European Regional ITS Conference, 18-21 September 2011, Budapest (HU)

"Indicators for independence and efficient functioning of audiovisual media services regulatory bodies for the purpose of enforcing the rules in the AVMS Directive (INDIREG study)", public workshop, 31 January 2011, Brussels (BE)

Presentation on "The Protection of Children Online: Report" to the 29th meeting of the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy (WPISP), 3 December 2010, Paris (FR)

"International communications surveillance: Feasibility and policy", poster presentation at the ECREA 2010 conference, 14 October 2010, Hamburg (DE)

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