Aphaia attends FOAN2019

8th International conference on Fiber Optics in Access Networks (FOAN2019) was held 2-4 September on Swissotel, Sarajevo.

More than 60 talks were delivered by the most top professionals in the Telecoms field, including people from Industry, Academy, Government and Regulatory Agencies during FOAN2019. The event brought together attendees from all around the world, from southern and eastern Europe, Japan and US, among others.

During the three whole days, the participants were able to share their thoughts and projects, plus enjoy two networking dinners in the beautiful old town of Sarajevo.

Special mention to Edvin Skaljo, who as a chair, together with the rest of the team, made this all possible.

The talks, focused on Fiber Optics in Access Networks, addressed the field from several different perspectives: IoT, Big Data, 5G, IP Rights, Data Protection and Smart Cities, etc. Some workshops and student demo sessionswere run in parallel in another room of the venue. Local TV and press came to FOAN2019 and documented the different activities and talks.

Aphaia was invited to deliver a speech and to moderate a Panel Discussion. Our Partner Cristina Contero Almagro offered a talk about Smart Cities and Privacy and alsochaired a Panel Discussion about Smart Cities and Regulation on the Day Three of FOAN2019.

She presented some of the main privacy and security challenges that Smart Cities are currently tackling, like the potential data breach risks and the need of identifying an adequate legitimate basis for the processing.

The guests of the Panel Discussion were Igor Jurcic, head of marketing Business group for VSE/SME; Tarik Hamzic, Vice President of Operations at Ministry of Programming in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Aleksandar Mastilovic, Expert Adviser to the Director General at Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Aljo Mujcic, Professor at University of Tuzla (Bosnia), Faculty of electrical/engineering. They discussed three pillars of the Smart Cities’ Regulation: Smart Cities concept, Smart Cities and Academy and Smart Cities Investment.

FOAN2019 was an enriching experience we are very grateful to have been part of, and we are already looking forward for FOAN2020!


Do you require assistance with GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 compliance? Aphaia provides both GDPR adaptation consultancy services, including data protection impact assessments, and Data Protection Officer outsourcing.

Aphaia innovation summit

The Aphaia team came together in London for the annual summer summit, which took place on Tuesday 11th and Thursday 13th June.

The two days were filled with a variety of sessions/discussions focusing on our operations and services. The sessions were informative and allowed the team to openly discuss strategy and take a view on our current market place.  A collaborative approach meant lots of great ideas, proposals and decisions were put to the table.

We had the pleasure of having Matija Jamnik from JK Group with us, who held a session on GDPR and cloud services, highlighting the limitation of GDPR in this aspect and the challenges faced by controllers and processors.

We also had riveting discussions on finding better strategies to increase the level of support to our clients all over the world.

At Aphaia we always aim to better our services and put our clients first.

Do you require assistance with GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 compliance? Aphaia provides both GDPR adaptation consultancy services, including data protection impact assessments, and Data Protection Officer outsourcing.

Aphaia delivers its first data protection workshop in Madrid

The workshop took place at Aphaia’s premises and it was focus on privacy, cybersecurity and data protection.

Taking advantage of the first GDPR anniversary, Aphaia decided to deliver a workshop to share our experience with other businesses that may be struggling with data protection issues.

Even though GDPR came into force in 2018, Aphaia has been working alongside a several number of vibrant businesses to help them with data protection since 2016. Our expertise includes such different areas as fintech, e-commerce or software development, which has enriched our expertise and allows us to provide the best possible advice from the relevant perspective.

The workshop was held at our premises in Cink Emprende, Paseo de la Castellana 194, as we opened Aphaia’s Spanish entity early this year. We are very happy of the good reception we are getting from the market and we are very grateful to Cink Emprende, that helped us to set it all up and made this event possible.

The workshop was focused on the trickiest data protection areas we have identified along these years as privacy experts. We talked about the GDPR, but also about the ePrivacy Directive and the NIS Directive, and other national legislation too, as the LSSI (information society services) and the ENS (national security). After a two hours presentation we were pleased to share a network breakfast with the attendants, where we had the chance to further discuss any topic they might be specially interested in or any questions the might have.

We are already working on our next workshop, which will probably be focused on AI. It sounds good, right? Stay tuned if you do not want to miss it!

Do you require assistance with GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 compliance? Aphaia provides both GDPR adaptation consultancy services, including data protection impact assessments, and Data Protection Officer outsourcing.

Aphaia at T3chfest 2019

T3chfest is one of the most important tech events in Spain and Aphaia was delighted to attend

T3chfest 2019 took place last week at University Carlos III of Madrid. It is a programming and technology event that has been held annually since 2013 and it is addressed to students, companies and technology enthusiasts. All of them could enjoy multiple talks, workshops and activities around technology during the two days event.

A total of 82 talks were held on five different stages and were given by speakers coming from the EU and American countries. Big companies like Microsoft, Airbus and Accenture attended the event with the aim of meeting students that could become potential candidates.

It was a pleasure for us attending T3chfest 2019 and enjoying some talks that discussed the latest and big tech innovations of the last years. We are proud to note that some of those technologies are already in place in some of our clients’ businesses.

The most demanded topics were bioprinting, videogames, blockchain, cyber-security, artificial intelligence, apps, and UX.

As a new technology consultancy, Aphaia provides some AI-focused services, as GDPR risk analysis for decision-making algorithms and Ethics assessments, so AI-addressed talks were particularly relevant for us. Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are one of the most interesting and latest applications of AI.

GANs are deep neural network architectures comprised of two neural networks, fighting one against the other. The generative network generates candidates based on the training dataset while the discriminative network evaluates them according to the same dataset, with the aim of deciding if it is or not a fake image.

GANs might result in high risk for cybersecurity, as they can be spitefully used for fake news, phishing and data theft. As the generative network becomes better as it is trained against the discriminative network, at the end of the day it is almost impossible to differentiate between a real and a fake image or text. GANs could be used, for example, to generate fake rental articles (thisrentaldoesnotexist) and insert malicious links to collect data unlawfully.

In the same note, as privacy experts, we were especially interested in those talks who not only considered technology but also privacy around technology. One of the talks addressed how to protect privacy in open-source projects.

Open-source software is open to anyone by design, whether it is a community of developers, hackers or malicious users. Authors typically hide their identity through nicknames and avatars, however, they have no protection against authorship attribution techniques, which can find stylistic fingerprints in the source code and are used to persuade and threaten the authors.

It is important for authors to be aware of the privacy risks of the open source projects and apply security measures from the very first time they contribute, like hiding the coding style.

If you need advice on your AI product, Aphaia offers both AI ethics and Data Protection Impact Assessments.