IT Dilemmas - Openness vs Protection

Information security awareness is everybody’s business. It concerns what we know, how we know it, what we (and others) do with it and it even reaches into the heart of how we organise and ‘do’ science. It shapes our interaction with others, our openness and sense of creative freedoms. The tension between information protection and transparency/ openness within universities is under the spotlight during this first SG relay lecture in the Protect IT week.

Organised by Studium Generale

Tue 28 October 2014 20:00 to 22:00

Venue Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Three experts explore the openness versus protection dilemma which universities face in the digital era. Alf Moens (SURFnet) tunes you in to the reality soap – the hardware story. He takes us on a tour of actual practices in creating IT systems and advanced persistent threats  facing universities. Is there a problem and if so, what is it? Prof. Ronald Leenes (Tilburg University) then discusses how the openness/ transparency versus protection dilemma inherently shapes practises within university organisations; from how we create, evaluate,  save and exchange data at universities,  to the climate of creativity and academic  freedoms  of investigation. Marjolein Lanzing (UvA/ Eindhoven University) puts the university in a broader social context. What is the impact of the tension between openness/ transparency and protection on society? She will explore what dynamics are at play and who is served by them. How can science serve society in the future?


Alf Moens (SURFnet)

The Corporate Security Officer of SURF and is responsible for security management at all SURF companies. He is the founding father of the security compliance framework (SURFaudit) for the Dutch Higher Education. Alf has been coordinating compliance and control of information security in the education sector since 2007, steering on strong community participation, broad support of board members and ICT management of all universities, and of regulators and supervising bodies. Before joining SURF Alf was security manager at Delft University of Technology. He has a master’s degree in Information Security Management (TUe/UvT) and is board member of the Dutch association of information security professionals (PvIB).

Prof. Ronald Leenes  (Tilburg University) 

Prof. dr. Ronald Leenes (1964) is full professor in regulation by technology at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society. His primary research interests are regulation by (and of) technology, specifically related to privacy and identity management. He is also motivated and trying to understand the effects of profiling, function creep and privacy infringements in general. He currently leads different research teams in the fields of accountability in cloud computing, legal and ethical aspects of robotic technologies, and privacy-enhancing identity management. He is also involved in research in profiling, privacy accidents in the public sector, cyber security, e-government and function creep http://www.ronaldleenes.nl/about/

Marjolein Lanzing (UvA/ Eindhoven University)

Completed her research master in philosophy at the University of Amsterdam in 2013. She graduated with a thesis about the meaning of ‘Facebook friends’ and the importance of privacy for intimate friendships. Currently, she is editorial assistant of Philosophical Explorations and a PhD candidate at the Eindhoven University of Technology. At the department of Philosophy and Ethics, she researches the influence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) on our norms of privacy. Eventually, she wants to explore what changing norms of privacy entail for the meaning of our social relationships.