Lessons Learned: Data Walks Project for Privacy-Friendly Smart Cities

March 31 @ 10:00 - 11:00 AM ET (4:00 - 5:00 PM CET)


’Data Walks’ or ‘Walkshops’ are a low-threshold way to engage citizens in conversations about the increasingly pervasive technologies collecting personal data in a public space: by taking them for a walk. Almost anyone can go for a walk, and no digital skills are required to talk about the experience of being under observation or the benefits of data-driven decisions. In the SPECTRE project, walkshops with citizens of Belgian cities were followed by similar walkshops with smart city administrators, to discuss citizen feedback and the personal experience of professional experts when they walked the urban spaces where their decisions landed. For the virtual discussion, FPF CEO Jules Polonetsky is joined by FPF’s Dr. Rob van Eijk, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel Researchers Ine van Zeeland and Jonas Breuer.


Jules Polonetsky

CEO, Future of Privacy Forum

Jules serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 200 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board composed of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on AI and Ethics, Connected Cars, Health, Research Data, Smart Communities, Ad Tech, Youth, Ed Tech, Privacy Legislation and Enforcement, and Global Data Flows.

Jules also serves as Chairman of the International Digital Accountability Council and as Co-Chairman of the Israel Tech Policy Institute.  Jules is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy, published by Cambridge University Press (2018). More of his writing and research can be found at the www.fpf.org and on Google Scholar and SSRN.

Jules’s previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney.

Jules has served on the boards of a number of privacy and consumer protection organizations including TRUSTe, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Network Advertising Initiative. From 2011-2012, Jules served on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Jules is a member of The George Washington University Law School Privacy and Security Advisory Council. He also currently sits on the Advisory Boards of Open DP | Harvard University Privacy Tools Project and the California Privacy Lab (University of California).

Jules is a regular speaker at privacy and technology events and has testified or presented before Congressional committees and the Federal Trade Commission.

As AOL’s former Chief Privacy Officer and SVP for Consumer Advocacy, Jules was responsible for ensuring that AOL’s users could trust the company with their information and for educating employees about best practices for advertising, content, and product development.

Dr. Rob van Eijk

Managing Director for Europe, Future of Privacy Forum

Dr. Rob van Eijk serves as the Future of Privacy Forum’s Managing Director for Europe. In this role, van Eijk implements FPF’s agenda in Europe, overseeing its day-to-day operations, and managing relationships with stakeholders in the industry, government, academia, and civil society. Van Eijk is a technologist with an M.Sc. from the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, Leiden University, and a Ph.D. from Leiden Law School, Leiden University, focusing on online advertising (real-time bidding).

Prior to serving in this position, van Eijk worked at the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) as Senior Supervision Officer and Technologist for nearly 10 years. He represented the Dutch DPA in international meetings such as the Technology Expert group of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and as a technical expert in court. He also represented the European Data Protection Authorities, assembled as the Article 29 Working Party, in the multi-stakeholder negotiations of the World Wide Web Consortium on Do Not Track.

Ine van Zeeland

Researcher, Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology (SMIT), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Ine van Zeeland is a PhD researcher within the research center Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology (SMIT), at imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research is concentrated on the practical protection of personal data in organisations. She has previously conducted studies among organisations in the banking sector and the media sector, and is now focusing on research in smart city projects.

Jonas Breuer

Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Jonas Breuer is passionate about the urban and the human, and interested in the technology that is being interwoven with our lives. His work at a leading Flemish research hub revolves around innovative ways to include all stakeholders in making urban space ‘smart’, and the central role of data (from open to personal to big).

For his PhD, he researches the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation in smart cities, fostering knowledge and supporting data protection impact assessments through inclusive and participatory methods. Inspired by Lefebvre’s ‘Right to the City’, he is investigating how data protection rights can play a role in making urban space not only technologically enhanced but especially citizen-centric.