European Association for the Study of Science and Technology

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EASST 2014 European Association for the Study of Science and Technology

September 17-19th, 2014, Torun, Poland

Material from the conference is still available.
There are online versions of the programme in two formats: pdf programme or epub programme (open source format for e-books which can be used on most e-readers).
Track details and paper abstracts can be found online at tracks & papers.

Reports from the conference will be included in forthcoming issues of EASST Review.

The EASST conference 2014 addressed the dynamics and interrelationships between science, technology and society. Contributors were invited to address the meeting’s theme of ‘Situating Solidarities’ though papers on any topic relevant to the wider field were also welcome.

The Conference was hosted by Faculty of Humanities scholars at the Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. The city of Torun is located on the banks of the River Vistula. It has an extensive medieval town centre which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The university and the city provided a great location for the EASST 2014 conference.

Pre-conference doctoral workshop:

Privacy legislation on electronic communications

Author: Laura Plana


Practices for security consist on the display of CCTV in public space. Electronic technologies supplies videosurveillance devices with cameras or microphones. CCTV, wireless video and other surveillance system are imposed to reduce the crime. One example is the recorded video material of an incident in Woolwich, London, U.K. It is an historical case about the progress, the technology and the civil rights. The attack in Woolwich is described as a terrorist attack, where the British Army soldier: Drummer (Private) Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed by two men near the Royal Artillery Barracks. Exists CCTV recorded material analyzed by the police but not released in the media. The Independent Police Complaints Commission released a statement about the investigation of the incident recorded through CCTV footage. The images taken from passers and residents with mobile devices and telephone cameras have been distributed through media channels like YouTube and newspapers as Daily Mirror. But the most important about the case, refers to the audio captured and recorded from i-phones and microphones from mobile telephones. This is an historical novelty about public space sound recording, new journalism and surveillance. Regarding the Data Protection Law 1998 it is not permitted to record sound in public space. Electronic communications are subjected to privacy legislation. Phone calls, emails, text messages, web browsing sessions, GPS data, although could capture and record sound are not permitted, are against the law and against privacy and human rights.