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Thursday, 18. March 2021 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Save in my calendar

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Democratic Intelligence

A New Online Repository of Safeguards and Innovations

Seven years after the Snowden revelations, recent key court rulings in Europe have drawn a renewed focus on surveillance legislation and oversight. As a consequence, future data sharing arrangements involving EU Member States will have to be measured against the standards of the Court of Justice of the European Union and require in-depth scrutiny of government intelligence programs.

Against this backdrop, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung and the Heinrich Boell Foundation will present a new online tool which features and discusses good practices from democracies that reformed legislation and oversight on bulk collection in the wake of the Snowden revelations.

Yet, the international search for adequate standards and safeguards is ongoing. The website is thus also a call for participation. We invite experts to alert us about good practices in their respective democracies.

You will be able to find the online tool under - it will go online prior to the event on the morning of 18 March 2021.


05:00pm (CET)
Welcome Giorgio Franceschini, Division Head Foreign and Security Policy, Heinrich Boell Foundation

Intelligence governance and oversight – Who is interested in a comparatative perspective and why? Sharon Bradford Franklin, Policy Director, Open Technology Institute, New America

The importance of Convention 108+ in the field of intelligence oversight: Sophie Kwasny, Head of the Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe

The design and features of Charlotte Dietrich, Project Manager, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

Q & A

Wrap up: Thorsten Wetzling, Project Director, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung


Milena Grünewald (Project Manager Foreign and Security Policy, Heinrich Boell Foundation),


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