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.

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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 and received by March 1, 2018     

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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.

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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.


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:

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.

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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):


CEEE | Gov Days 2018, May 3-4, 2018

eDemocracy and eGovernment for and by Researchers, Politicians and Practitioners including a Panel Discussion and Workshops on Smart Cities organized by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The conference aims to explore to what extent the Danube Region is digitally divided, what the driving forces of these divisions are and what factors determine them. Understanding the Digital Divide is pivotal to promote cohesion in the Danube Region and to design effective policies to enhance regional integration.

When: May 3-4, 2018
Where: Ludovika Campus (Main Building) of the National University of Public Service and the premises of the Andrássy University Budapest, Hungary


EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018 Conference, Sep 3-5, 2018

EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018 represents the merge of the IFIP WG 8.5 Electronic Government (EGOV), the IFIP WG 8.5 IFIP Electronic Participation (ePart) and the Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government Conference (CeDEM). The conference is held annually, and will be hosted 3-5 September 2018 at the Danube University Krems in Austria.

We invite individuals from academic and applied backgrounds as well as from business, public authorities, NGOs, NPOs and education institutions to submit their research papers, reflections, posters as well as practitioner papers, panel or workshop proposals to the topics addressed in the tracks. The conference also offers a PhD Colloquium and offers a limited number of PhD bursaries. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to the conference topics.



ECDG 2018 | 18th European Conference on Digital Government, Oct 25-26, 2018

When and where: Oct 25-26, 2018 at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The European Conference on e-Government has been running now for 18 years. This event has been held in Italy, Ireland, Belgium, UK, Slovenia, to mention a few of the countries who have hosted it. This year we are refocusing the conference to look more broadly at the area of Digital Government. The conference is generally attended by participants from more than 40 countries and attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, public sector workers and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of Digital Government research and application.


ICEG 2018: 20th International Conference on e-Government, Mar 22-23, 2018

The ICEG 2018: 20th International Conference on e-Government aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of e-Government. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of e-Government.

When and where: March 22 – 23, 2018 at Hotel Ambassador Zlata Husa, Prague, Czechia


Public Policy Exchange | Enhancing Data Protection in Europe, Mar 18, 2018

Enhancing Data Protection in Europe:
Towards a Safer Digital Future

Date: Tuesday 13th March 2018
Time: 10:00am — 4:30pm
Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre

Data is at the heart of the digital revolution and a key factor to the solution of many 21st century challenges. The rapid explosion of digital technologies had raised questions regarding the ways to harness this abundance of information in a way that is safe and secure for users. More than 90% of Europeans say they want the same data protection rights across the EU – regardless of where their data is processed (European Commission 2015).

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Nordisk Retsinformatik konference 2018: Disruption & Databeskyttelse

Temaet vil vrere smarte teknologier og kunstig intelligens. Vi sætter fokus på disruption (af juriststanden!) og databeskyttelse. Vi deler dagene op. Formiddage er primrert til disruption, eftermiddage er hovedsageligt til databeskyttelse.

Om formiddagene inddrager vi de it-tekniske miljøer med oplreg om smarte teknologier og drøfter derefter, hvordan vores felt påvirkes. Vi vil her skabe opmærksomhed om, hvordan både den juridiske metode, lovgivningsteknikken, uddannelserne og juristemes hverdag påvirkes af disse nye teknologier – med andre ord smarte teknologiers disruption af både retsvidenskaben, universiteterne og det praktiske retsliv. Vi prøver således at vende tilbage til retsinformatikkens rødder.

Databeskyttelsesforordningen får virkning i 2018. Derfor skal den selvfälgelig med. Om eftermiddagene rettes blikket mod databeskyttelsesrettens regulering af de samme teknologiers håndtering af personoplysninger; smart horders, smart cities, wearables, sociale medier, smart metering mv.

Vel mødt 18-20 September i Danmark!

CEVIA | Call for Papers and Conference: The Responsible Consumer in the Digital Age, May 31 – Jun 1, 2018

The Responsible Consumer in the Digital Age – International and Nordic Perspectives on Consumer Financial Protection

Time : 31 May – 1 June 2018
Place: Nanna Berg Auditorium, 1st floor, room 9A-1-01, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S 

The conference, organized by Center for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA), aims to provide a forum where leading academics and practitioners, researchers, and enforcement officials from multiple jurisdictions join to present and discuss the most recent trends and challenges related to consumer financial protection in the digital age, as they stem from the latest normative developments and court cases.

The conference has a strong focus and emphasis on Nordic perspectives and solutions. Nordic markets have their particularities and Nordic countries adopt joint solutions, which are not sufficiently advertised to other jurisdictions. The conference panels and the ‘Nordic Round Table’ event will make these perspectives widely known and will facilitate dialogue and share of ideas between Nordic jurisdictions and the rest of the world.

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Open positions at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT)

There are two positions available at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) in a new ERC project on Global Data Justice: we will be exploring how data technologies relate to social justice. The project will involve empirical research on questions of privacy, rights and autonomy with regard to digital data in different regions around the world, in order to devise a globally applicable framework for just treatment with regard to our data. The available ERC positions include:

PhD Researcher (deadline November 30th)

Postdoctoral Researcher (deadline December 30th)

GDPR – Annual conference of the Privacy & Identity Lab, Dec 7, 2017

The PI.lab conference 2017 takes the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as its starting point. The GDPR obliges organisations to rethink their privacy strategy. Data subjects can exercise new rights, controllers and processors have additional obligations. New challenges will arise, such as offering transparency in algorithms and being aware of ethical considerations. Digitisation of relations continues in almost all spheres of daily life, from smart cities to new opportunities for law enforcement agencies. These are challenges that require dedicated effort. They need critical reflection and debate. They need to be investigated on how they offer new opportunities as well. Opportunities that may be of benefit to organisations, that help creating business value. The conference will present and discuss results and new challenges, in keynotes and workshops.

When: 7 December 2017, 13.00 – 17:30 hrs
Where: Vergader- en conferentiecentrum ‘In de Driehoek’, Willemsplantsoen 1C, 3511 LA Utrecht

More information: Flyer PI.lab conference 7 December 2017 – A5

Digital humanvetenskap (DHV) – Inbjudan till workshop kring automation

Tid: 20 november 2017, kl. 11-15
lokal: Mimer (Aula Magna, Frescati)

Workshopen är den fjärde i ordningen som arbetsgruppen för digital humanvetenskap (DHV) anordnar och ett led i arbetet med att kartlägga och utveckla forskningsfältet DHV. Ni kan läsa mer om arbetsgruppen och dess arbete här:

Workshopens tema, automation, är medvetet rymligt och öppet. Det är valt för att ett antal forskare från olika discipliner ska kunna samlas och diskutera DHV och det är upp till er att fylla det med innehåll.

Workshopens upplägg

  • Inledning av Uno Fors och Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg
  • Kort presentation av alla deltagare
  • Helena Haapio presenterar:
  • “Designing Next Generation Contracts: Smart and Beyond”

You will find more about Helena here:

Associate Professor Bio at Vaasa:

  • Diskussion
  • Summering och avslut

Varmt välkomna!

Inaugural address with Professor Eleni Kosta | Tilburg University

The Rector Magnificus of Tilburg University cordially invites you to attend the academic session in which Eleni Kosta, Professor of Technology Law and Human Rights, will deliver her inaugural address, entitled: Surveilling masses and unveiling human rights – Uneasy choices for the Strasbourg Court.

Time and place: Friday 15 December 2017, at 4:15 pm precisely, in the Auditorium of Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands.


SubTech Conference 2018 | University of Tartu

The IT Law Programme at the University of Tartu will host the biannual SubTech Conference 2018. Every two years since 1990, the SubTech conference has brought together scholars and practitioners interested in the the impacts of technology on legal practice and education (both broadly defined). SubTech is unique among the ever-growing field of conferences and events at the intersection of law and technology not only for its relatively vintage origins, but also for its attention to the technology of law, as opposed to the law of technology. SubTech is informal and organized around participation; it is a multidisciplinary and collaborative forum for sharing best practices, finding new collaborators, and learning about the legal applications of emerging technologies.

Participation in SubTech is free and by invitation only; those interested in participating are invited to contact with a CV and an expression of interest.

When: July 12-14, 2018
Where: Tallinn, Estonia

Source: SubTech Conference 2018 | Faculty of Law