Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

EUROCPR2014: Prospects, Challenges and Limits to User-Centric Approaches in the Digital Information Society

EuroCPR is organised annually with the ambition to contribute constructively and critically to European Information Society Policy developments. The conference addresses the use of ICT throughout society and economy as well as the evolution of the ICT and media sectors. EuroCPR uniquely brings together academia, policy makers, and industry representatives in order to facilitate systematic interaction and critical analysis of both the highest academic excellence and the maximum policy and industrial relevance. The format of the conference has deliberately been kept small – with a maximum of 80 participants – favouring quality over quantity and encouraging a high level of interaction.

EuroCPR invites abstracts for theoretically and empirically grounded papers that reflect critically on the Digital Agenda as such and on factors contributing to progress towards the Digital Agenda goals so far which draw on the results of research to inform ongoing policy debates on issues relevant to the Digital Agenda.

24 Mar 2014


  • 13:00-14:00
    Registration and Welcome Coffee
  • 14:00-16:00
    Opening Session Chair: Robin Mansell (LSE)
  • 14.00-14.10
    Welcome by Robin Mansell (LSE)
  • 14.10-15:00
    Key note Prof. Dr. Jean-Claude Burgelman (Head of Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission)
  • 15.00-16.00
    Key note Kostas Rossoglou (Senior Legal Officer, BEUC)
  • 16.00-16.30
    Coffee break
  • 16.30-18.10
    Session 1 – User Empowerment: Really? Chair: Karim Antonio Lesina (AT&T) Ilse Mariën and Jernej A. Prodnik (iMinds-SMIT-VUB & Faculty of Social Sciences - University of Ljubljana) Structural causes of digital exclusion and user (dis)empowerment: A critical perspective. Discussant: Martin Ulbrich (European Commission)
  • Esteve Sanz (Yale Law School) The User-Center Discourse in the EU Information Society Discussant: Peggy Valcke (KULeuven)
  • 19.30-22.00
    Conference dinner at Restaurant L’Ultime Hallucination


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