12 October 2017

“Jurisdiction, Conflicts of Laws and Data Protection in Cyberspace”

Jointly organised with the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Comparative Law, the Conference ‘Jurisdiction, Conflicts of Laws and Data Protection in Cyberspace’ intends to contribute to the ongoing discussion on the challenges to the protection of privacy in the Digital Age.

Thanks to the Internet, people who are thousands of miles apart can effortlessly engage in social interactions, business transactions and scientific dialogue. As pointed in by John Perry Barlow in his famous ‘Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace’, all these activities rely – more or less consciously – on sophisticated data-exchanges which take place ‘ both everywhere and nowhere’, lying outside the borders of any particular State.

Against this backdrop, the regulatory challenge posed by the ephemeral nature of the information exchanged via the Web – and of the Web itself – is twofold. While Private International Law struggles to frame the allegedly borderless nature of cyberspace within the dominant discourses of law and territoriality, Data Protection Law has to reconcile the individuals’ fundamental right to privacy with the public interests connected to the processing of personal data.

The conference will explore some of the most controversial issues lying at the intersection between these two areas of law, by addressing, in particular, the problems arising in connection with cross-border telematics exchanges of data in the field of biomedical research and the contractual relationships stemming from social networking and the use of social media.

Papers and Symposium discussion will address the following issues: Privacy values in design, Algorithmic due process and accountability, Fairness and equity in automated decision making, Accountable machines, Formalizing definitions of privacy fairness and equity, Societal implications of autonomous experimentation, Deploying machine learning and AI to enhance privacy and Cybersafety and privacy.

Time: 14:00 - 18:30  (followed by reception)

Programme: The  programme is now available

Venue: Max Planck Institute Luxembourg  4, rue Alphonse Weicker L-2721 Luxembourg

Registration: If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send your reservation request with your contact details (first name, surname and affiliation) to events@mpi.lu or contact Martina Winkel: (+352) 26 94 88 923. Participation is free of charge.

Conference Summary:  A summary of the conference is now available.

Conferences videos: You can watch the conference proceedings  in the below videos

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