EIJC & Dataharvest is an annual, four-day conference, organised by Journalismfund.eu, which brings together journalism heavyweights, data specialists and coding whiz-kids to exchange skills and story ideas. EIJC18 & Dataharvest will take place on Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday morning 27 May 2018. Like last year, place to be is the charming city of Mechelen, 20 minutes outside of Brussels and very easily accessible! Address is Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen at Thomas More University College - Campus De Vest. 

The conference hashtag is #EIJC18. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook  for the latest news and updates.
Register & pay here.

Journalismfund.eu vzw is an independent non-profit organisation under Belgian law that aims to promote quality in-depth and cross-border journalism by giving working grants to journalists, by providing networking opportunities and by organising training sessions.
Back To Schedule
Saturday, May 26 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
SyRI - Treating citizens as a risk

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

In SyRI, the System Risk Indication of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, personal data of Dutch citizens is collected and analyzed on a large scale. Using secret algorithms, citizens are then subjected to a risk analysis. When there is an increased risk of violating one of the many laws that SyRI covers, individuals are included in the Risk Reports Register, which is accessible to many government agencies. Every citizen can be secretly subjected to profiling in SyRI. He or she does not know what data or process of analysis was used to determined that he or she is a 'risk'. However, SyRI can have drastic consequences. Public authorities can take serious measures as a result of a risk statement, for instance by imposing fines, withdrawing benefits or even starting criminal proceedings. It is impossible for the citizen to find out how a risk report came about or to refute an incorrect report. In practice, this amounts to a reversal of the burden of proof. Tijmen Wisman and Ronald Huissen will present how an investigation into the system lead to a high-profile court challenge in the Netherlands.

avatar for Matthias Spielkamp

Matthias Spielkamp

Founder and Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info (Grimme Online Award 2006). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the... Read More →

avatar for Ronald Huissen

Ronald Huissen

Editor/campaigner, Platform Bescherming Burgerrechten
As an editor for Platform Bescherming Burgerrechten (Platform for civil rights protection) I report and do research on multiple privacy-related issues that have the special attention of NGO’s and individuals active within the Platform. Since 2009 I have covered topics as the Dutch... Read More →
avatar for Tijmen Wisman

Tijmen Wisman

Tijmen Wisman worked in the past for RFID Platform the Netherlands. He started his PhD on privacy in EU’s Internet of Things-policy in 2010. His research focusses on mandatory IoT-systems in the home and the car, smart meters and eCall, and how the European Commission interprets... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST