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Innovation and Regulation in the Data-driven Society

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Workshop: Innovation and Regulation in the Data-driven Society

Innovative data-driven technologies and the discussion about the modalities of their regulation are dominating topics in law, politics, economics and society. Quite often, innovation and regulation are seen as enemies. But is this really true? Will upcoming regulation in the European Union (such as the Digital Services Act or the Artificial Intelligence Act), as some claim, stifle innovation and strengthen China and the US which are seen as the antithesis of the “European Way”? Is a strict regulation of innovative technologies an indication of a strong rule of law or the opposite? How can regulation help to promote innovation?

We will discuss these and a variety of other questions at our interdisciplinary workshop.

The workshop is part of the research program of CAIS guest professor Martin Ebers, who focusses in his research on AI, regulation and standardization.


09.30-09.55 Registration. Connecting to the videoconference platform
09.55-10.00 Welcome (Michael Baurmann/Martin Ebers)
10.00-10.20 Introduction to the Topic: The Costs and Benefits of (IT) Regulation (Martin Ebers)
10.20-10.40 Regulating Innovations – Innovative Regulations? Examples from the United States (Christoph Bieber)
10.40-11.00 Discussion
11.00-11.20 Transparency of Algorithmic Recommender Systems under the DSA. – In Search of a Balance Between Innovation and Human Rights (Judit Bayer)
11.20-11.40 Discussion
11.40-12.00 Coffee Break
12.00-12.20 Regulation of Liability for Digital Products in the EU (Jan de Bruyne)
12.20-12.40 Discussion
12.40-13.00 Experimental Regulation: Regulatory Sandboxes for Artificial Intelligence? (Hannah Ruschemeier)
13.00-13.30 Final Discussion

Our Speakers

Dr. habil. Judit Bayer is Senior Research Fellow of ITM at the University of Münster, and associate professor of media law and international law at the Budapest Business School, Hungary. Her research field is freedom of expression and media freedom and pluralism. She has a PhD in constitutional law (internet regulation).

Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber is Professor of Political Science at the NRW School of Governance, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He has published widely on the effects of online communication for political actors, a special focus is addressing the effects of digitalization for the US political system. Since 2018 he has been delegated to the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, where as a research professor he directs the program “Digital Democratic Innovations“ that runs from 2021 until 2026.

Dr. Jan de Bruyne is Research Expert (tort) law and AI and Lecturer at KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP). He also works as Assistant professor in digital law at eLaw Leiden and as Senior researcher at the Knowledge Centre Data & Society. Since September 2021 he is a member of the executive board of RAILS.

Prof. Dr. Martin Ebers is Associate Professor of IT law at the University of Tartu (Estonia) and President of RAILS. In addition, he is also permanent research fellow (Privatdozent) at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany). He works in the field of Law & Technology, esp. Artificial Intelligence, as well as in Commercial, Private, European, Comparative and International Law.

Prof. Dr. Hannah Ruschemeier is Junior Professor (tenure) of public law with focus on Data Protection and Digitalisation at the University of Hagen. Additionally, she is an associated researcher at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), ELSI – ethical, legal and social aspects. Her research activities focus on public law, law of digitalization and privacy studies.

Please register here.

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