Meaningful Consent
in the Digital Economy

MCDE 2017: Building a Consentful Economy

The third international workshop on Meaningful Consent in the Digital Economy.

Please join us, and other representatives from industry, government and academia, at the Third Meaningful Consent in the Digital Economy (MCDE) Workshop, entitled "Building a Consentful Economy". We'll be considering the pathways – and obstacles – to the deployment of a consent-based digital ecosystem.


Over the past 3 years, the MCDE project at the University of Southampton has been considering the issue of consent with regard to digital services, and in particular how consent can empower digital citizens to engage with and protect their personal data. With the European Union's new Data Protection Regulation now finalised, industry and policy makers are now beginning to grapple with the practicalities of collecting, demonstrating and auditing consent. Will this lead to citizens making more informed and meaningful decisions, or will it be a repeat of the dreaded "cookie law"? How can we prepare - as interested parties - to ensure the former?


Registration is now closed.


Dates and Timing

6th April 201710:00Registration
11:00Workshop Day 1
17:30Taxis to Highfield
19:00Evening Meal, The Blue Room (Highfield Campus)
7th April 201709:00Workshop Day 2


University of Southampton, Wide Lane Sports Ground

You can download a map of the venue.

By plane or train: The venue located just across the road from Southampton Airport (Parkway) Station, and Southampton Airport itself.

By Car: The venue is located close to junction 5 of the M27, and parking is available. You'll need to press the intercom upon arrival and ask reception to raise the barrier.


We have reserved a number of rooms at the Highfield House Hotel near the University's main campus. Participants will need to book and pay for these rooms themselves, but can mention that they are booking via the "University of Southampton" to receive a slightly discounted rate.

There's also a Premier Inn located close to the venue at Southampton Airport.


Please direct enquiries to Richard Gomer, r (dot) gomer (at)