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15th Young Faces Conference: “Use and Abuse of Electronic Surveillance”


In 2015 DCAF organised once more its Young Faces Network. This year the programme focused on “Use and Abuse of Electronic Surveillance”.

Twenty-three participants from the Western Balkan region were selected for the programme and they took part in a number of activities between September 2015 and January 2016:

At the start of the programme, the participants were given a list of course readings which they had to read and comment on. They then took part in three online preparatory discussions during which they talked about the course reading with the course experts.

From 20 to 23 October 2015 organised a 4-day workshop in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia. for a 4 – day workshop. During lectures, discussions and exercises the participants explored international standards and best practices in balancing the need for electronic surveillance with the protection of human rights. Together with experts and practitioners from the region and the rest of Europe, they learnt about relevant actors involved in the use of electronic surveillance, the levels of protection against the illegal use of surveillance and the main challenges of safeguarding human rights while protecting national security, and he legal and political frameworks for the legitimate use of electronic surveillance.

After the workshop, the participants drafted policy briefs on topics related to the use and abuse of electronic surveillance in the Western Balkan region. The policy briefs were edited by DCAF and the best brief were published in early 2016 on the DCAF website (see right).


Final Agenda


Franziska Klopfer

Project Coordinator, Southeast Europe Division