CPDP 2019: Surveillance capitalism and regulatory capture? The Caspar Bowden panel.

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SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM AND REGULATORY CAPTURE? • THE CASPAR BOWDEN PANEL.

Organised by CPDP

Chair: Paul De Hert, VUB-LSTS (BE)
Moderator: Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS (EU)
Speakers: Shoshana Zuboff, Harvard Business School (US); Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law (US); Gary Davis, Apple (IE); Andrea Renda, CEPS (BE), Paul Nemitz, DG JUST (EU).

The commodification of personal data as a result of technological innovations is of a magnitude and ubiquity that qualifies as a defining societal condition and signals the onset of a new era: Surveillance Capitalism. To Shoshana Zuboff “this new form of information capitalism aims to predict and modify human behavior as a means to produce revenue and market control.” Natu- rally, surveillance capitalism can function best in social contexts adapted to its needs. In this re- gard, this panel will consider the extent to which surveillance capitalism - as a mode of thought and action - has succeeded in infiltrating and capturing democratic and legislative processes and shaping them to its purposes.

• In what ways does surveillance capitalism infiltrate democratic and legislative processes?
• How far has this infiltration gone?
• Where is it heading in the future?
• What are the alternatives and how might resistance best be mounted?