#dre2015 Conference Review and Wrap-Up
Last week, DRI hosted our very first conference, Digital Rights Europe 2015. We were absolutely delighted with the way the day went, and thrilled with the initial feedback from some of the 95 people who came through the doors on the day. Delegates came from 6 European countries, representing 47 companies and organisations, and created a brilliant mix of law practitioners, academics, activists, students, technologists and corporate stakeholders. Bucking the trend in technology conferences, 1/3rd of our speakers and 40% of our delegates were women. We also welcomed a drone, which flew over the final plenary session to capture the crowd.
We’ve had requests for our speakers’ presentations, so we’re gathering them up and making them available. We’ll tweet new presentations as we add them:
- Fergal Crehan: Ireland as a Digital Privacy Powerhouse (5MB)
- Brian Honan: Organisational Security
- TJ McIntyre: Internet Blocking
- Simon McGarr: Litigation, Regulation, and the Rise of Fundamental Rights (1MB)
- Elizabeth Knight: Speaking Notes (Word Doc)
Digital Rights Europe received stellar press coverage leading up to and following the day, including press in The Irish Times[1, 2], The Irish Examiner, The Independent, RTE, Technology.ie, Silicon Republic [1, 2], Irish Tech News, Newstalk and RTE Radio 1.
We would particularly like to thank our corporate affairs consultant Barry Ahern from Business Management Communications for doing such a stellar job of helping us publicise this event, and our photographers, Bendan Lyons and Jason Clarke.
This event would not have happened without the support of the many people who made #dre2015 possible. We would like to thank each delegate who attended from near and far; Dara Murphy TD, Minister for Data Protection, who graciously opened the conference; all of our brilliant speakers who shared their time and expertise; and each one of our essential sponsors: Blacknight Solutions, Trustev, BH Consulting, and the SOURCE project via our friends at CIES.
We are already making plans to host this conference again next year, and look forward to it. Roll on, #dre2016!