INFOSOC Working Group

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The Information Society working group is an interdisciplinary forum for all those working on topics and themes related to the Information Society, including topics related to Internet Governance, Digital Contestation, the societal, legal and political impacts of new communications technology and digital research methods. Researchers and Fellows from all departments and the Robert Schuman Centre are welcome to attend and contribute to the group.

The group is grateful for the support of Prof. Peter Drahos.

Previous events have encompassed topics such as the role of copyright, online deliberation, electronic legal tools, and geo-identification on the Internet. In the framework of the seminar "The Internet: Politics and Law", a course with which the working group is closely affiliated, we had the pleasure of welcoming several external speakers.


Martina Ferracane, Tommaso Fia, Ofra Klein, Stefan Alexandru Luca, Sunita Tripathy

Academic Year 2019-2020

  • 9 September 2019: How easy is it to push the red button? Dehumanization, Settler Colonialism & Lethal Drones, Presenter: Yaar Dagan Peretz, PhD candidate at Keele University
  • 24 October 2019: EUI Scholar’s Round-Table during the International Open Access Week 2019, Open for whom? Equity in Open Knowledge (in collaboration with the EUI Library Open Science Team), Presenters: Xioren Wang, MW Fellow & Tommasso Fia, PhD Researcher (Law), EUI; Chair: Sunita Tripathy, PhD Researcher (Law), EUI; Discussants: Giacomo Tagiuri, MW Fellow & Francesca Palmiotto, PhD Researcher (Law), EUI

Academic Year 2018-2019

  • 23 October 2018: How do we guarantee freedom of expression when the government tasks private parties with enforcement of its policies? A Talk by Prof. Martin Husovec, Tilburg University
  • 8 November 2018: Innovation versus Affordability turncoat debate on CAR-T cell therapy for cancer patients, Presenter: Sunita Tripathy, PhD Researcher (Law), EUI
  • 14 November 2018: #SOSNicaragua November– Human Rights and Conflict Digital Times (co-hosted with the International Law and Latin America WGs), Presenter: Julie Wetterslev, PhD Researcher (Law), EUI
  • 21 November 2018: Analyzing Big Legal Data: Insights from the Russian Jurisdiction (together with Centre for Judicial Cooperation), Presenter: Vadim Volkov, Rector of the European University at Saint-Petersburg and the Academic Director of the Institute for the Rule of Law of EUSP
  • 23 November 2018: 1st year law research question presentations
  • 27 November 2018: EU Fundamental Rights and Artificial Intelligence: 2018 Reconciling the Irreconcilable, Presenter: Dr. Maja Brkan, Maastricht University 
  • 11 December 2018: InfoSoc Privacy Afternoon, (First session) "Are Data Protection Laws Barriers to Trade? A Conceptual Framework to Analyze Data Protection Laws under the WTO Privacy Exception", Presenter: Martina Ferracane, Policy Leader Fellow, EUI; PhD student, Hamburg University; (Second session) “The Four Shapes of Online Privacy”, Presenter: Johannes Eichenhofer, EUI Visiting Fellow 2018-19, PhD student,Bielefeld University
  • 15 January 2019: Technologies Invading the Political: From Blockchain Technology to the Social Credit System, Presenter: Wessel Reijers. Max Weber Fellow 2018-2020, Robert Schuman Center
  • 30 January 2019: International Organizations and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, Presenter: Prof. Christopher Kuner, Professor of law and co-chair of the Brussels Privacy Hub at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels
  • 1 February 2019: Data protection and fundamental rights in the internet: perspectives for a judicial interaction (in collaboration with the Centre for Judicial Cooperation), Presenter: Prof. Oreste Pollicino, Bocconi University
  • 12 February 2019: EUI Law Researchers’ presentations, Presenters: Francesca Palmiotto, Sunita Tripathy, Svitlana Lebedenko
  • 12 March 2019: The interaction between data protection and competition law in tackling consumer disempowerment over data, Presenter: Alessia D’Amico, PhD Researcher (Law), EUI
  • 3 April 2019: Memes, links and filters. Copyright directive mythbuster (in collaboration with Thoughts for Europe, EUI), Presenter: Ula Furgal, PhD Researcher (Law), EUI
  • 25 April 2019: Brown-bag discussion on the World Malaria Day, 2019, ‘Are genetically modified mosquitoes the answer to “zero malaria”?’


Academic Year 2017-2018

  • 27-28 February 2018: Workshop: The Open Information Society: Where Are User Rights?
  • 18-19 May 2018: Conference:  Opportunities and Challenges in Regulating Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. A comparative approach
  • 24 May 2018: Synergies in Innovation: Mapping and Structuring the Emerging Field of Innovation Ethics, Presenter: Dr. Johan Rochel, Visiting Fellow, EUI
  • 7 June 2018: Call for New Right for Press Publishers: Reconstructing Narratives, Presenter: Ula Furgal, PhD Researcher (Law), EUI


Academic Year 2016-2017

  • 28-29 April 2017: Conference European Copyright – Quo Vadis?
  • 26 January 2017: Don’t Touch the Internet: Mobilizing against ACTA and TTIP in the Age of Austerity, Julia Rone, SPS Researcher
  • 21 October 2016: “FEDRAMP, Contracts, and the U.S.Federal Government’s Move To Cloud Computing: If an 800-pound gorilla can’t Tame the Cloud, Who Can?”, Kevin McGillivray, University of Oslo

Academic Year 2015-2016

  • 6 May 2016: EUI InfoSoc PhD Workshop
  • 21 May 2016: “Beyond a wall of text: research & practice on contract visualization” - event with guest speaker, Stefania Passera
  • 25 February 2016: “European data protection reform and data retention” – workshop coorganised with Prof. Martin Scheinin
  • 13 February 2016: “Are ebooks books?” – presentation of doctoral thesis by our member, Emma Linklater
  • 26 November 2015: “The Ethereum world computer – Individual empowerment for everyone or the first step to even more information control?" by Florian Idelberger, Law Researcher

Academic Year 2014-2015

  • October 2014 - May 2015: Python Coding Workshop, led by Florian Idelberger
  • 28 April 2015: “Japanese Public Policy for Robots and Regulation: An Example of "Tokku" Special Zone”, Dr. Yueh-Hsuan Weng, Dr. Yueh-Hsuan Weng is the Coordinator at ROBOLAW.ASIA | YSAiL Initiative for Robotics, Law & Policy and a Visiting Scholar at CIRSFID, University of Bologna.
  • 23-24 April 2015: EUI InfoSoc PhD Workshop
  • 10 March 2015: “Controlling disruption: socio-legal aspects of 3D printing”, Angela Daly, Queensland University of Technology
  • 9 March 2015: “Who governs the Internet? Internet Governance, EuroDIG, and multistakeholder model”, Lorena Jaume Palasí, Director of Communications and Youth at EuroDIG.
  • 3 March 2015: “Cybercrime: Current and Future Threats”, Francesca Bosco (University of Turin, United Nations)
  • 11-17 October 2014: “Learn How to Code Week”, with a kick-off event and introduction by Florian Idelberger, Law Researcher

Academic Year 2013-2014

  • 10 April 2014: Law: The Dark Side of Big Data, Prof. Peggy Valcke
  • 10 February 2014: Discussion on the Commission’s Copyright Review on Monday, Giuseppe Mazziotti, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

Academic Year 2012-2013

  • 3 June 2013: What happened to the Internet security community in Europe’s cybersecurity strategy? Andreas Schmidt, TU-Delft
  • 15 May 2013: “After the Leveson Inquiry: re-assessing the Rights and Duties of Journalists in the UK and Elsewhere”, Dr. Damian Tambini, LSE, Department of Media and Communication
  • 22-23 April 2013: “Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology”, Gary T. Marx (MIT)
  • 27 March 2013: Wrap up session and screening of ‘The Brussels Business’
  • 4 March 2013: ‘Regulating technologies: legal futures, regulatory frames, and technological fixes.’, Prof. Ugo Pagallo, from the University of Turin
  • 25 February 2013: “So you think you own your downloads? C-128/11 Usedsoft and the resale of digital content”. Presentation & discussion, Eleonora Rosati, University of Cambridge 
  • 18 February 2013: “Away From Keyboard”: Film Screening
  • 12 December 2012: CMPF Academic Seminar: “Freedom of Expression and Human Rights: Why Online Speech Isn’t Free, yet”, Jillian York, Director for International Freedom of Expression Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • 14-15 December 2012: Workshop: “Policing the Internet: Policy, Politics and Consequences of Regulating Internet Content”, Organisers: Eric Brousseau, David Levine, Giovanni Sartor, Alexander Trechsel, Ben Wagner



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