The law of AI and Big Data (LAW-DS-AIBIG-20)


Department LAW
Course category LAW Intensive Seminar - 3 credits
Course type Seminar
Academic year 2020-2021
Credits 3 (EUI Law credits)
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04/02/2021 14:00-17:00 @ Outside EUI premises

18/02/2021 13:00-16:00 @ Outside EUI premises

25/02/2021 14:00-17:00 @ Outside EUI premises


This short course on The Law of AI and BIG Data will provide an introduction to key legal issues of Big Data and AI, based on awareness of the social effects of these disruptive  technologies. 

First the technologies of AI and Big Data, and of  their  impacts on economical, social and political dynamics will be considered.  

Then we will will focus on regulation, adopting two complementary perspectives. 

The first perspective  focuses on individual rights. We will consider the way in which AI and Big Data are creating opportunities for individual and collective empowerment and social progress, as  well as serious risks for autonomy, equality, democracy. In particular, the domain of data protection will be addressed, which is at the forefront in responding to the challenges of AI and Big data. We will ask whether data protection, and in particular the GDPR, provides an adequate response, or whether its response so far is inadequate or anyway insufficient.

 The second perspective will rather focus on organisational duties. We shall consider whether the  existing legal framework  provides for an  adequate allocation of accountabilities,  responsibilities, and liabilities relative to the risks of AI and Big data. We shall consider how the law could better contribute to ensuring that the the use AI and Big Data is subject to scrutiny, that information and explanations are provided and that misuses of technologies can be effectively challenged.
The course will be divided in three sessions. Host speakers, including computer scientists will be involved.

1. An informational revolution?   How Big Data & AI are changing technologies and societies  

2. What about individuals? Data protection in the age of Big data & AI 

3. Who is in charge? Accountability in the age of Big data & AI

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