Workshop Report: The European Artificial Intelligence landscape

Europe has a leading edge in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. In January 2018, the Commission in cooperation with the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) organised a workshop to take stock of the current state of the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe, and to identify opportunities for pan-European collaboration, capitalising on European strengths in AI. The workshop report describes activities being carried out in the field of AI in different Member States and in some of the countries associated to Horizon 2020. Read the report and learn about the academic, industrial and funding ecosystems, and find out more about the various governmental initiatives and strategies related to AI on https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/european-artificial-intelligence-landscape


Juridiska institutionen söker universitetslektor/adjunkt i rättsinformatik

Juridiska institutionen är en av Stockholms universitets största institutioner med ca 200 anställda och ca 2 500 studenter per läsår.

I första hand omfattar tjänsten som universitetslektor/adjunkt undervisning och examination i grundkursen i rättsinformatik, specialkurserna i IT-rätt och Cyber Law samt handledning av examensarbeten. Den sökande ska även vara beredd att undervisa i ytterligare något ämne på juristprogrammet. I anställningen ingår också en avtalsenlig del forskning och utveckling. Läs mer på: https://www.su.se/om-oss/jobba-p%C3%A5-su/lediga-jobb?rmpage=job&rmjob=5198&rmlang=SE


Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg i regeringsuppdrag om lagstiftnings roll vid digitalisering inom offentlig sektor

Professor Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg har utrett lagstiftnings roll vid digitalisering inom offentlig sektor. Den så kallade Digitaliseringsrättsutredningen överlämnade idag betänkandet till regeringen (SOU 2018:25 Juridik som stöd för förvaltningens digitalisering). Utredningen konstaterar att lagstiftningen behöver ge tillräckligt stöd för digital utveckling och samverkan inom offentlig sektor. Läs mer på regeringen.se


IRI continues to recieve external funding for research

Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg will participate in a EU financed project, ”Co-Creating Misinformation-Resilient Societies”, that is being coordinated by eGovlab at the Department of Computer and System Sciences.

Stanley Greenstein’s project ”Black Box Decision-making Systems: Assigning Responsibility and the Future Role of the Law” is financed through Stockholm Universitys inter-faculty collaboration on Digital Humanities. The project deals with the relation between law and autonomous decision-making systems.

Lianne Colonna is part-taking in the EU financed project ”SkillsMatch”. The project aims to develop a European wide system for matching the skill sets of individuals with the requirements on the labour market.


IRI and KTH have received funding for a project on smart buildings

IRI (the Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute) and KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology) have together with Akademiska hus and HSB received financing from Formas for a project that centres around the “lab-environment” Livinlab at KTH. The project aims, in the light of the new EU legistlation GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), to investigate the legal and ethical aspetcs of gathering information on residents in smart buildings.


Law via the Internet 2018: Knowledge of the Law in the Big Data Age, Oct 11-12, 2018

Since it began in 1997, the Law via the Internet conference has been established as the foremost international conference aiming at bringing together the various communities involved in all aspects of free access to law. It is organized annually under the auspices of the Free Access to Law Movement (FALM), a consortium of more than 60 non-profit institutions dedicated to providing free and open access to the world’s law. This year the Conference, organized in Florence by the Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques of the Italian National Research Council, will explore issues of trust in accessing law for democratic purposes in the big data age. Knowledge management plays a critical role for organizations seeking to establish trustworthy digital repositories and to make the future open and diverse, based on genuine verified legal content. During the two days conference, speakers will discuss how scholars, researchers, legal practioners and information professionals use very large or complex data sets to distill meaning and develop public policy.

Source: http://lvi2018.ittig.cnr.it/


Research Fellowships at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society

The Weizenbaum Institute is pleased to invite applications for research fellowships for the years 2018, 2019, and 2020. Visiting fellows will be hosted at the Institute for a period of one to three months. They will have the opportunity to conduct research on-site in Berlin, one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Read more on https://vernetzung-und-gesellschaft.de/wp-content/uploads/11/2018/02/Research-Fellowship_-Weizenbaum-Institute.pdf


University of Edinburgh | MacCormick fellowships

The University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh Law School invites applications for the MacCormick fellowships. These enable researchers to spend an extended period of time at the law school to conduct advanced research. Research may be conducted in any field of legal studies broadly conceived. Preference may be given to applicants whose research is related to the school’s research fields or research communities.

Applications are welcome from senior researchers who are already well established in their fields. Applications from women and members of ethnic minorities are encouraged.

Fellowships provide work space and related facilities at the school and financial support worth up to £3,000 to contribute towards travel and accommodation in Edinburgh. The visiting period should be a minimum of one month, with a preference given to periods of around three months.

More information: https://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/614393?utm_medium=email&utm_source=rpMailing&utm_campaign=personalFundingAlerts_2018-02-16


Global Legal Hackathon, Feb 23-25, 2018

The Global Legal Hackathon is taking place on February 23-25, 2018, worldwide. In the Nordics, the event will be hosted in Stockholm by Synch.

The Global Legal Hackathon engages law firms, LegalTech companies, law schools and governments internationally to bring together legal innovators. The goal is to support rapid development of solutions to improve the legal industry worldwide.

The hackathon is open to legal, technology and business professionals: lawyers, law students, software developers, UX designers, entrepreneurs, project managers, business developers, and everyone passionate about LegalTech.

Read more and register for the Global Legal Hackathon here.


Open Call for Fellowship Applications, Academic Year 2018-2019

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year through our annual open call. This opportunity is for those who wish to spend 2018-2019 in residence in Cambridge, MA as part of the Center’s vibrant community of research and practice, and who seek to engage in collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-sectoral exploration of some of the Internet’s most important and compelling issues.

More information: https://cyber.harvard.edu/getinvolved/fellowships/opencall20182019


Call for Papers | The Center for Cyber Law & Policy (CCLP) at the University of Haifa

The Center for Cyber Law & Policy (CCLP) at the University of Haifa is pleased to announce its 2018 Call for Papers. They invite scholars, researchers, young scientists, graduate and post-doctoral students, and experts in cyber law and policy, of any accredited academic institution in Israel and abroad, to apply for research grants.

Completed applications must be sent to cyber@univ.haifa.ac.il and received by March 1, 2018     

Read more on: http://weblaw.haifa.ac.il/he/Research/ResearchCenters/cyberLaw/Pages/default.aspx


International PhD Colloquium – Call for Papers: Regulating new technologies in uncertain times

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) is organizing a PhD Colloquium which will take place at Tilburg University on 14 June 2018.

The general theme of the PhD Colloquium is “Regulating new technologies in uncertain times”. The organizers invite applications from PhD researchers working on any of the following general topics:

  • The regulation of a specific new technology in the field of (public) health, data protection, cybersecurity, intellectual property, freedom of expression,  autonomous driving, energy and the environment (including climate change)
  • The regulation of technology from a more theoretical perspective; i.e. projects that deal with the broader underlying aspects of regulation such as legitimacy, trust, democracy, uncertainty, risk, precaution, competition and  innovation.
  • Learning by doing: past regulatory experiences and new challenges. For example, what can be learned from the regulatory debate on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) that is relevant for the regulatory challenges posed by “big data” and “the internet of things”? Are there commonalities or is the subject matter too different?

In particular, the organizers welcome contributions that seek to identify broader commonalities between the regulation of new technologies in different fields. Interested PhD researchers are invited to submit an abstract of max. 300 words and 5 keywords by 28 February 2018.

More information on: https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tilt/news-tilt-phd-colloquium-call-papers/


Job opening: Assistant Professorship in Ethics, Law and Policy of new Data Technologies at TILT

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) invites applications for an assistant professorship (UD) in the field of ‘Ethics, Law, and Policy, of new Data Technologies’. Innovations in storage capacity and processing power, data aggregation techniques and cross-contextual linkability enable unknown patterns and new knowledge to be discovered in the massive amounts of data being collected about individuals and their behaviour (Data Analytics, Data Science, new Data Technologies). These developments have a significant impact on society. The relationship of data science to society is usually framed in terms of benefits and harms.

Read more on https://career5.successfactors.eu/career?career_ns=job_listing&company=S003974031P&navBarLevel=JOB_SEARCH&rcm_site_locale=en_US&career_job_req_id=12262&selected_lang=en_US&jobAlertController_jobAlertId=&jobAlertController_jobAlertName=&_s.crb=YD6ngFkOX6P4suYNBLxJ1RRT5qQ%3D


IRI har tillsammans med KTH fått finansiering från Formas inom ramen för Smart Built Environment

KTH och Institutet för rättsinformatik (IRI) vid Stockholms universitet har fått finansiering från Formas inom ramen för Smart Built Environment. Projektet är en unik satsning för att utveckla ett billigare, snabbare och mer hållbart samhällsbyggande utifrån digitaliseringen möjligheter.

Utgångspunkten är den laboratoriemiljö som KTH byggt upp runt Live-In Lab, och som möjliggör optimering av resursanvändning och förbättrad hälsa genom datainsamling om enskilda individer. Digitaliseringen öppnar för nya former av övervakning och insamlande av data. Frågorna IRI fokuserar på är vad man får göra (rättsligt) och vad man bör göra (etiskt) med ny teknik.

Ytterst är forskningsprojektets ansats att säkerställa demokratiska och rättliga grundprinciper i en utveckling som berör stora delar av befolkningen. Läs mer på: http://mailchi.mp/0195668bd56f/kth-live-in-lab-december-nyhetsbrev-2017?e=42cf79fae1


Weizenbaum Institute Berlin, Germany | Professorship in Information Society Law

The newly founded Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin, Germany, has a Full Professorship in Information Society Law (W3) on offer. The main focus of research will be on the interdisciplinary field of law and computer science (a secondary membership at the Institute of Computer Science is included), in particular legal issues regarding data privacy, data economy, e-commerce, intellectual property law, social networks and Internet governance.

More information: https://www.personalabteilung.hu-berlin.de/stellenausschreibungen/full-professorship-in-information-society-law-w3


Public Policy Exchange | Fostering the Digitisation of Public Services in the EU, May 23, 2018

Fostering the Digitisation of Public Services in the EU: A Stepping Stone to a Digitally Advanced Society

EGovernment, namely the delivery of public services with the use of technology, increases administrative efficiency and reduces the administrative burden on businesses and the public. The OECD estimates that, in 2016, about 36% of individuals submitted online forms via public authorities’ websites, three times the level registered in 2006, and stressed that the usage of digital services varies according to education, income and age. However, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia, one of the most advanced Member States in terms of digital public services, has remarked that although eGovernment has been among the key European policy topics for more than 15 years, the progress has been too slow to match the speed and size of the challenge. Read more.

When: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Where: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels


ICEDEG 2018: 5th International Conference on e-Democracy & e-Government, Apr 4-6, 2018

The 5th International Conference on e-Democracy & e-Government (ICEDEG 2018) in Ambato, Ecuador on the 4th to 6th of April 2018 addresses the main issues of web-based knowledge management for society and science. It covers technical and non-technical aspects of eSociety, eGovernance, eParticipation, eDemocracy, eGovernment, and eHealth, among others. Research papers as well as case studies are of interest in the following areas (but are not limited to):

Source: https://edem-egov.org/