Ivan Szekely

Senior Research Fellow

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Ivan Szekely, social informatist, CSc in sociology, is an internationally known expert in the multidisciplinary fields of data protection and freedom of information. Former chief counsellor and a founder of the office of the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Szekely is presently Senior Research Fellow and Counsellor at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University (Blinken OSA), a senior member of the management, leader of international projects, and course director.

Székely was member of the Committee on Archival Legal Matters of the International Council on Archives (ICA); he participated in the preparation of the Recommendation of the Council of Europe on access to archives, and was the head of the project monitoring its implementation. He is co-author of the Handbook on access to archives of the Council of Europe. He was chair of the information and media board of the Hungarian Soros Foundation.

He was a leader of the first privacy and data protection research in Hungary and in the region. Székely was co-founder and trustee of the InfoFilia Hungarian Data Protection and Freedom of Information Foundation, co-founder and trustee of the FUNDUS Canadian-Hungarian Foundation for Quantitative Economic History Research, member of the Board of the Eotvos Karoly Policy Institute. He is founding member and Chair of the editorial board of the bi-lingual journal Information Society/Informacios Tarsadalom.

Besides his research and teaching activities in Blinken OSA, Szekely had been teaching at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences, the University of Miskolc, the University of Szeged, the Budapest School of Communication and Business/Metropolitan University, developing new courses and programs.

Székely participated in several international research projects and research groups, including Privacy and Identity Management for Europe (PRIME), Broadening the Range Of Awareness in Data protection (BROAD), Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications (ETICA), Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS), Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies (IRISS), and The Privacy and Security Mirrors (PRISMS) projects of the EU, and the Surveillance Project of Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

His research interests and publications are focused on openness and secrecy, privacy, identity, surveillance and resilience, memory and forgetting, and archivistics. Currently he is professionally leading the Council of Europe’s pan-European research on access to archives.


Szekely, Ivan, "Freedom of information: a constitutive public good in democratic societies", in Alistair S. Duff (ed.) Research Handbook on Information Policy, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, UK; Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., Northhampton, MA, USA, 2021, pp. 205-219.

Jones, Richard, Charles Raab and Ivan Szekely, “Surveillance and resilience: Relationships, dynamics, and consequences”, Democracy and Security (2018). https://doi.org/10.1080/17419166.2017.1423472

Szekely, Ivan, “Do Archives Have a Future in the Digital Age?”, Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Vol. 4 (2017), Governance of Digital Memories in the Era of Big Data, Article 1, pp. 1-16. http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol4/iss2/1

Szekely, Ivan, “Does it matter where you die? Chances of post-mortem privacy in Europe and in the US”, in Dan Svantesson and Dariusz Kloza (eds.), Transatlantic data privacy relationships as a challenge for democracy, Intersentia, 2017, pp. 313-320. ISBN 9781780684345

Raab, Charles and Ivan Szekely, “Data protection authorities and information technology”, Computer Law and Security Review, 33 (2017) pp. 421-433. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clsr.2017.05.002

Szekely, Ivan and Beatrix Vissy, “Excercising Access Rights in Hungary”, in Clive Norris, Paul de Hert, Xavier L’Hoiry, Antonella Galletta (eds.), The Unacountable State of Surveillance: Exercising Access Rights in Europe, Springer International Publishing AG, 2017, pp. 135-180. ISBN 978-3-319-47571-4, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-47573-8

Somody, Bernadette, Mate D. Szabo and Ivan Szekely, “Moving away from the security-privacy trade-off: The use of the test of proportionality in decision support”, in Michael Friedewald, J. Peter Burgess, Johann Cas, Marc van Lieshout, Rocco Bellanova, and Walter Peissl, (eds.), Surveillance, privacy and security: Citizens’ perspectives, Routledge, 2017, pp. 155-176. ISBN 978-1-138-64924-8 (hbk), ISBN 978-1-315-61930-9 (ebk),

Szekely, Ivan, “From a model pupil to a problematic grown-up: Enforcing privacy and data protection in Hungary”, in David Wright and Paul de Hert (eds.), Enforcing Privacy: Regulatory, Legal and Technological Approaches, Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp. 79-104. ISBN 978-3-319-25045-8, e-Book ISBN 978-3-319-25047-2

Raab, Charles D., Richard Jones and Ivan Szekely, “Surveillance and Resilience in Theory and Practice”, Media and Communication, Special Issue “Surveillance: Critical Analysis and Current Challenges”, Vol 3, October 2015, pp. 21–41. https://www.cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommunication/article/view/220/220

Wright, David, Rowena Rodrigues, Charles Raab, Richard Jones, Ivan Szekely, Kirstie Ball, Rocco Bellanova and Stine Bergersen, “Questioning Surveillance”, Computer Law & Security Review, Vol. 31 (2015), No. 2, pp. 280-292. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0267364915000072?via%3Dihub

Korenhof, Paulan, Jef Ausloos, Ivan Szekely, Meg Ambrose, Giovanni Sartor, Ronald Leenes, “Timing the Right to Be Forgotten: A study into “time” as a factor in deciding about retention or erasure of data”, in Serge Gutwirth, Ronald Leenes and Paul de Hert (eds.), Reforming European Data Protection Law, Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht, 2015, pp. 171-201. ISBN 978-94-017-9384-1, e-Book ISBN: 978-94-017-9385-8, DOI: 10.1007/94-017-9385-8

Szekely, Ivan, “The Four Paradigms of Archival History and the Challenges of the Future”, in Mika Merviö (ed.), Management and Participation in the Public Sphere, IGI-Global, 2015, pp. 1-37. ISBN 9781466685543, ISBN 10: 1466685549

Szekely, Ivan, “The right to be forgotten and the new archival paradigm”, in Alessia Ghezzi, Angela Pereira and Lucia Vesnic-Alujevic (eds.), The Ethics of Memory in a Digital Age: Interrogating the Right to Be Forgotten, Palgrave, 2014, pp. 28-49. ISBN 978-1-137-42844-8

Szekely, Ivan, “The relevance of social and economic costs of surveillance”, in David Wright and Reinhard Kreissl (eds.), Surveillance in Europe, Routledge 2014, pp. 240–245, ISBN 9780415728997

Szekely, Ivan, “Building our future glass homes: An essay about influencing the future through regulation”, Computer Law & Security Review 29 (2013), pp. 540-553, ISSN 0267-3649

Szekely, Ivan, “The Right to Forget, the Right to be Forgotten. Personal Reflections on the Fate of Personal Data in the Information Society”, in Serge Gutwirth, Ronald Leenes, Paul de Hert and Yves Poullet (eds.), European Data Protection: In Good Health? Springer, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York, 2012, pp. 347–363. ISBN 978-94-007-2905-6, e-ISBN 978-94-007-2903-2, DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-2903-2-17, https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/14779961111167658,

Szekely, Ivan, “What Do IT Professionals Think About Surveillance?”, in Christian Fuchs, Kees Boersma, Anders Albrechtslund and Marisol Sandoval (eds.), Internet and Surveillance. The Challenge of Web 2.0 and Social Media, New York: Routledge 2012, pp. 198-219, ISBN 978-0-415-89160-8

Szekely, Ivan, “The Role of Remembering and Forgetting in a World of Increasing Surveillance, in the Context of Post-Communist Societies”, in William C. Webster, Doina Balahur, Nils Zurawski, Kees Boersma, Bence Sagvari and Christel Backman (eds.), Living in Surveillance Societies: The Ghosts of Surveillance. Proceedings of LiSS Conference 2, Editura Universităţii „Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, Iasi, 2011, pp. 32–36.

Szekely, Ivan, Mate Daniel Szabo and Beatrix Vissy, “Regulating the future? Law, ethics, and emerging technologies”, Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society, Vol. 9, No. 3, 2011 (Special issue: Emerging technology and ethics), pp. 180–194. ISSN 1477-996X

Szekely, Ivan, “The Four Paradigms of Archival History”, Journal of Information Technology Research Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2010), IGI-Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 51–82. ISSN 1938–7857, EISSN 1938–7865, DOI 10.4018/jitr.2010100104

Szekely, Ivan, “Changing attitudes in a changing society? Information privacy in Hungary 1989–2006”, in Elia Zureik et al. (eds.), Privacy, Surveillance and the Globalization of Personal Information: International Comparisons, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal & Kingston, London, Ithaca, 2010, pp. 150–170. ISBN 978-0-7735-3707-1

Szekely, Ivan, “Freedom of Information versus Privacy: Friends or Foes?”, in Serge Gutwirth et al (eds.), Reinventing Data Protection?, Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2009, pp. 293–316. ISBN 978-1-4020-9497-2, e-ISBN 978-1-4020-9498-9, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4020-9498-9

Szekely, Ivan, “Positive Discrimination and Data Protection: A Typology of Solutions and the Use of Modern Information Technologies”, in Mate Daniel Szabo (ed.), Privacy protection and Minority Rights, Eötvös Károly Policy Institute, Budapest, 2009, pp. 27–61. ISBN 978-963-88288-0-4

Szekely, Ivan, “Hungary”, in James B. Rule and Graham Greenleaf (eds.), Global Privacy Protection: The First Generation, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., November 2008, pp. 174–206. ISBN 978–1–84844–063–0

Szekely, Ivan, “Central and Eastern Europe: Starting from Scratch”, in Ann Florini (ed.), The Right to Know. Transparency for an Open World, Columbia University Press, 2007, pp. 116–142. ISBN 978–0–231–14158–1

Kecskemeti, Charles and Ivan Szekely, Access to archives. A handbook of guidelines for implementation of Recommendation No. R (2000) 13 on a European policy on access to archives, Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg, 2005. [pp. 103] ISBN 92–671–5782–0

Szabo, Mate D. and Ivan Szekely, “Privacy and data protection at the workplace in Hungary”, in Sjaak Nouwt et al, Reasonable Expectations of Privacy? Eleven Country Reports on Camera Surveillance and Workplace Privacy, IT & Law Series, T. M. C. Asser Press, The Hague, 2005, pp. 249–284. ISBN 10: 90–6704–198–X ISBN 13: 978–90–6704–198–0, ISSN 1570–2782

Szekely, Ivan, “Counting or numbering? Comparative observations and conclusions regarding the availability of race and ethnic data in some European countries”, in Andrea Krizsan (ed.), Ethnic Monitoring and Data Protection, CPS Books, Central European University Press – INDOK, Budapest 2001, pp. 267–282. ISBN 963 9241 35 0, ISSN 1587–6942

Pudlowski, Leszek and Ivan Szekely (eds.), Open Society Archives, OSA, Budapest, 1999. [pp. 206] ISBN 963 85230 5 0, http://w3.osaarchivum.org/images/stories/pdfs/publications/white-book.pdf

Szekely, Ivan (ed.), Information privacy in Hungary. Survey report and analysis, Hungarian Institute for Public Opinion Research, Budapest 1991. [pp. 45]


Candidate of Science (CSC), Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Science

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