Updating the European Cyber Security Strategy | Public Policy Exchange, Oct 3, 2017

Updating the European Cyber Security Strategy: Partnerships for Prevention and Preparedness

Date: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Time: 10:00 am — 4:30 pm
Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre 

In line with the upcoming review of the European Cyber-security strategy, this symposium will provide businesses, local actors, industry regulators, intelligence agencies, police, technology specialists, academics and other key stakeholders with a timely and invaluable opportunity to engage with European cybersecurtity policies, collectively enhance our defences to malicious actors and address the root causes of vulnerability to cyber threats.

Source: Updating the European Cyber Security Strategy: Partnerships for Prevention and Preparedness | Public Policy Exchange


Forskardagen, 3 oktober 2017

Hur kan du som forskare på bästa sätt ta del av olika myndigheters registerdata och tjänster? Det och mycket mer får du veta den 3 oktober på Forskardagen 2017 – konferensen för registerforskning. Boka före midsommar och få boka-tidigt-pris på konferensen!

Under dagen kommer du bland annat kunna höra Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg, särskild utredare för Forskningsdatautredningen, berätta om sitt arbete. Du kommer även kunna ta del av informativa seminarier om personuppgiftsbehandling, offentlighet och sekretess. Alla de arrangerande myndigheterna kommer att hålla egna, mer djupgående seminarier och finnas tillgängliga för dialog.

Konferensen är ett samarrangemang mellan Vetenskapsrådet, SCB, Socialstyrelsen, Riksarkivet, Försäkringskassan och Arbetsförmedlingen.

Source: Anmälan är öppen! | Registerforskning.se


New research institute: The African Law and Technology Institute (AFRILTI)

The African Law and Technolgy Institute (AFRILTI) is a recently established research institute that focuses on ICT Law in Africa. AFRILTI promotes cutting-edge research on the complex interrelationship between law, technology, and society from an interdisciplinary perspective. Uben John, IRI’s associate and former PhD student, is one of the founders. Read more about the Institute on www.afrilti.org


BO-ECLI Conference: European Case Law Identifier, Jun 8-9, 2017

BO-ECLI Conference ‘ECLI and Beyond – Improving online access to court decisions’
8-9 June, 2017

The European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) is a human readable and computer processable code that can – in principle – be assigned to every judicial decision from every national or European court. Its aim is to facilitate unequivocal citation of judgments and to improve cross-border accessibility of case law.

Building on ECLI (BO-ECLI) is a project involving sixteen partners from ten Member States (Italy, Greece, Croatia, Estonia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Romania) that aims to broaden the use of ECLI and to further improve the accessibility of case law.

Source: Conference – BO-ECLI: European Case Law Identifier


International Review of Law, Computers & Technology | Call for Papers: Special Issue | Explore Taylor & Francis Online

The International Review of Law, Computers & Technology (IRLCT) and the guest editors Edina Harbinja and Jef Ausloos are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue, entitled “New and upcoming legal challenges of social media”. This special issue, which will be published in late 2018, invites submissions that investigate legal, regulatory and policy issues relating to social media.

Source: International Review of Law, Computers & Technology | Call for Papers: Special Issue | Explore Taylor & Francis Online


Conference AI For Good | IBM Watson A.I. XPRIZE, Jun 7-9, 2017

XPRIZE believes Artificial Intelligence will be central to solving humanity’s grand challenges. Solutions to pressing problems related to health and wellbeing, education, energy, environment, and other domains important to XPRIZE can be found by capitalizing on the unprecedented quantities of data and recent progress in emerging AI technologies.

To support our mission to build a bridge to abundance for all, XPRIZE is, together with the United Nations (UN) specialized agency, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), hosting the inaugural AI for Good Global Summit, in Geneva Jun 7-9, 2017. This annual summit will gather government officials, UN agencies, NGO’s, industry leaders, and AI experts to address how artificial intelligence can help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and design a first UN-backed “AI Guiding Principles” to provide guidelines on ethical, technical, standardization, societal and policy issues related to AI.

Source: AI For Good | IBM Watson A.I. XPRIZE


Summer School 2017 on IT Law and Legal Informatics

The International Summer School will take place from 21st August to 1st September 2017 in Saarbrücken, Germany. It is aimed at researchers who are keen to discuss current topics of IT Law and Legal Informatics in an international forum.

The Summer School will give researchers from all over the world the opportunity to learn more about current topics of IT Law and Legal Informatics and to participate in research through their own contributions. It is aimed at Law and Legal Informatics graduates as well as graduates from other areas of study to which IT Law and Legal Informatics are relevant. Interest in cross-disciplinary and international collaboration is a prerequisite for participation.

Deadline for applications: 28th May 2017

Source: Home – Summer School 2017


South School of Internet Governance (SSIG), April 3-7 2017

FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio) will host the South School of Internet Governance (SSIG) from April 3 – 7. The initiative stems from a partnership between FGV’s Center for Technology and Society (CTS) and the Centro de Capacitación en Alta Tecnología (CCAT – LAT).

SSIG is the main capacity-building event on Internet Governance in the Latam region and the last edition of the school was held at the headquarter of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Washington DC. The main objective of the event is to train future leaders in Internet Governance, with particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Source: FGV News


European Commission: Public consultation on Building the European data economy

The public consultation on Building a European data economy will help shaping the future policy agenda on the European data economy. This dialogue with stakeholders follows the adoption of the Communication on Building a European data economy and its accompanying Staff Working Document. Results will feed into the Commission’s possible future initiative on the European Data Economy in 2017. The Commission aims to foster an efficient, competitive single market for data services including. It seeks to identify the legal, economic, and regulatory challenges, and to launch a discussion with stakeholders on future action.

Source: Public consultation on Building the European data economy | Digital Single Market


E-Skills and Jobs in the Digital Age | Public Policy Exchange

E-Skills and Jobs in the Digital Age: Accelerating Europe’s Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth

The place of Europe in the future of ICT will depend on its ability to work together to manage digital innovation and disruptive change on the continent. According to the European Commission, the demand for ICT workers is growing at 4% each year, jeopardising the EU’s potential for growth and digital competitiveness by outpacing supply. Europe faces a shortage of around 756,000 ICT professionals by 2020, with a lack of synergy between educational systems and the requirements of the labour market. Paradoxically, such changes occur whilst Europe stagnates, with millions facing reduced prospects and unemployment. E-Skills are now a major opportunity for job creation in a digital revolution.

Date: Wednesday 10th May 2017
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre

Source: E-Skills and Jobs in the Digital Age: Accelerating Europe’s Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth | Public Policy Exchange


Geneva Summer Schools – University of Geneva – Internet Law, Jun 19-30, 2017

Study Internet Law in Geneva, where the World Wide Web was born!

June 19 – 30, 2017 (2 weeks)

Topics that will be covered include cybersecurity, consumer protection, legal issues of social media, Internet and telecom infrastructure, data protection, intellectual property, antitrust, and much more…

Source: Geneva Summer Schools – University of Geneva – Internet Law


Workshop “Going beyond Boolean for patent retrieval”, March 9 2017

When: March 16, 2017, 10:00–16:00
Location: Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Ringvägen 98
RSVP: March 9, torsten@uppdragshuset.se

Early birds: Breakfast and coffee is served at 09:30.
Night owls: Dinner is served at 18:00. Please confirm in your RSVP.

Uppdragshuset and TU Wien invites you to a day workshop on patent retrieval from both an academic and an industry perspective. During the day we will elaborate on a variety of topics. From disclosing recent research in patent text mining done at the University to reviewing resulting tools applied on real life innovation processes. This overall project for exploring automated information retrieval is a cooperation between Uppdragshuset and the TU Wien and is funded by the European research program Eurostars. View program.


Predictive Modelling in a Legal Context – dissertation defense with PhD Stanley Greenstein, June 1, 2017

Stanley Greenstein will defend his doctoral dissertation “Predictive Modelling in a Legal Context” at the Faculty of Law, Stockholm University on June 1st, 2017.

Individuals are spending an ever-increasing portion of their lives within the on-line environment, the internet and social media catalysts in this regard. The by-product of this hyper-connectivity is large amounts of both content and meta data, that hold untapped knowledge concerning the personality and behavioural characteristics of these individuals.

Predictive modelling is a technology based on applied statistics, mathematics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. In analysing examples (historical data), algorithms are able to identify correlations between these data that are invisible to human beings. This knowledge is subsequently incorporated into computer models, where algorithms are tasked with applying this extracted knowledge on novel circumstances, sometimes automatically and in real time. One use of this technology is to identify and predict human behaviour. This insight is a powerful tool, as the ability to predict human behaviour brings with it the ability to influence human behaviour.

Private corporations are increasingly resorting to predictive models in order to identify business risks and vulnerabilities. Predictive models are becoming an indispensable part of the corporate decision-making apparatus, where individuals are no longer judged at face value but rather according to their digital image. This is an essential tool for corporations, as the traditional relationship between corporation and client has been disrupted by human mobility and globalization. As a result, predictive models are determining a large amount of human interaction with the internet: they determine the music people listen to, the news feeds people receive, the content people see, the partners that are suggested, the jobs sought, the diagnosis of disease and whether people will be granted credit, to mention but a few.

This dissertation examines predictive modelling from the legal perspective. This technology is a powerful tool and for all the many associated societal benefits, there are accompanying dangers. This study begins by examining the European legal sphere while inspiration is drawn from the international context. It examines the technology of predictive modelling, making an inventory of the potential harms, a common denominator in this regard the threat to personal autonomy. Thereafter, it investigates the extent to which the European legal regime of data privacy (data protection and human rights) addresses these harms. Finally, a strategy entitled ‘empowerment’ is presented. It comprises an inventory of traditional legal, soft law and technical mechanisms, which, if placed at the disposal of individuals (or possibly taken into consideration by the legislator), will level the playing field between corporation and individual, ultimately protecting personal autonomy by reinstating the power balance.



Conference TILTing Perspectives 2017: ‘Regulating a connected world’, May 17-19

Conference TILTing Perspectives 2017: ‘Regulating a connected world’
17-19 May 2017, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands

Technology is transforming society on many fronts. In recent years, we have seen the rise of social media and the sharing economy, a sustained move from atoms to bits, and the rapid development of cloud computing, big data, smart devices, and robotics. Along with these developments we see a continuous stream of new legal and regulatory issues. For every problem solved, two new problems seem to surface.

Source: Tilburg University – Conference TILTing Perspectives 2017: ‘Regulating a connected world’


Open Call for Fellowship Applications, Academic Year 2017-2018 | TILT 

TILT opened a Call for Fellowship applications. This program is for internationally renowned senior scholars who wish to spend the 2017- 2018 academic year, or a semester, in residence at TILT as part of its multi-disciplinary research team to work on some of the most interesting, challenging and urgent issues relating to emerging and disruptive technologies.

Applications will be accepted on or before April 15, 2017.

Source: Job opening: Open Call for Fellowship Applications, Academic Year 2017-2018 (7521)


International Guidelines on Big Data and Data Protection

The Council of Europe has adopted the first international guidelines on Big Data and data protection (Convention 108). The guidelines adopt an approach that goes beyond the traditional individual dimension of data protection and takes into account the social and ethical impact of the use of Big Data.

Guidelines: https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=09000016806ebe7a