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The Claudette Workshop

Dates:
  • Wed 27 Nov 2019 10.00 - 17.40
  Add to Calendar 2019-11-27 10:00 2019-11-27 17:40 Europe/Paris The Claudette Workshop

If big data is the new oil, then loss of privacy is the new climate crisis: in the age of personal data being collected and processed on an unprecedented scale, the individual is faced with an ever-growing power of big business and the opaque decision-making systems it employs. Founded on the premise of countervailing power voiced by Ken Galbraith, the CLAUDETTE project seeks to assess whether artificial intelligence could be used to empower the consumer by providing automated compliance analysis of legal text, such as terms of service or privacy policies. Last year, the first experimental system demonstrated an accuracy of over 80% in identifying unfair clauses in documents it had not been in contact with. The project was then expanded to tackle the considerably greater challenge of developing an approach that would prove effective in GDPR compliance analysis of privacy policies. In the recent months, further expansion of the research areas has followed. In parallel with stabilizing the categorization matrix for the identification of compliance issues, a memory-based approach is being developed to allow the system to provide justifications for the clauses it labels as unfair. Researchers are also testing whether the inferences from explanations provided by legal experts can be used to train a neural network in recognising unfair clauses with greater accuracy than compared to the original methods. Simultaneously, in order to make the system useful for consumers across Europe, different methods of rendering CLAUDETTE multilingual are being experimented with, both utilizing the existing training corpora and the semi-automated creation of new ones. The CLAUDETTE Workshop is meant as a platform to discuss the latest methodology of AI applications in law (i.e. machine learning and natural language processing), the recent developments in the project, as well as to gain valuable feedback from interested colleagues representing various fields of the academic spectrum. Thanks to the project’s openness to critique and a constant influx of fresh ideas, it is hoped that European consumers may soon be able to rely on an AI-based tool of their own, to enforce higher standards of compliance, fairness and transparency in their daily dealings with online businesses.

Sala degli Stemmi DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala degli Stemmi

If big data is the new oil, then loss of privacy is the new climate crisis: in the age of personal data being collected and processed on an unprecedented scale, the individual is faced with an ever-growing power of big business and the opaque decision-making systems it employs. Founded on the premise of countervailing power voiced by Ken Galbraith, the CLAUDETTE project seeks to assess whether artificial intelligence could be used to empower the consumer by providing automated compliance analysis of legal text, such as terms of service or privacy policies. Last year, the first experimental system demonstrated an accuracy of over 80% in identifying unfair clauses in documents it had not been in contact with. The project was then expanded to tackle the considerably greater challenge of developing an approach that would prove effective in GDPR compliance analysis of privacy policies. In the recent months, further expansion of the research areas has followed. In parallel with stabilizing the categorization matrix for the identification of compliance issues, a memory-based approach is being developed to allow the system to provide justifications for the clauses it labels as unfair. Researchers are also testing whether the inferences from explanations provided by legal experts can be used to train a neural network in recognising unfair clauses with greater accuracy than compared to the original methods. Simultaneously, in order to make the system useful for consumers across Europe, different methods of rendering CLAUDETTE multilingual are being experimented with, both utilizing the existing training corpora and the semi-automated creation of new ones. The CLAUDETTE Workshop is meant as a platform to discuss the latest methodology of AI applications in law (i.e. machine learning and natural language processing), the recent developments in the project, as well as to gain valuable feedback from interested colleagues representing various fields of the academic spectrum. Thanks to the project’s openness to critique and a constant influx of fresh ideas, it is hoped that European consumers may soon be able to rely on an AI-based tool of their own, to enforce higher standards of compliance, fairness and transparency in their daily dealings with online businesses.


Location:
Sala degli Stemmi

Affiliation:
Department of Law

Type:
Workshop

Organiser:
Prof. Giovanni Sartor (EUI - Law Department)
Prof. Hans-W. Micklitz (EUI - RSCAS - University of Helsinki)

Contact:
Claudia de Concini (EUI - Law) - Send a mail
Project Claudette - Send a mail

Attachment:
Claudette Workshop.pdf

Links:
CLAUDETTE-Machine Learning Powered Analysis of Consumer Contracts and Privacy Policies
 
 

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