The “digital revolution”, caused by the widespread dissemination of digital technologies in the society, is disrupts organizational and economic models as well as legal categories. In order to make legal and digital technology stakeholders collaborate to a collective thinking on the evolution of the law and the framing of the digital practices in the light of the digital revolution, the University of Bordeaux involved itself in creating a dedicated event: the “Convergences of Law and Digital“.
The format of the event accounts for this disruption: its program is jointly drafted in a collaborative way, so as to create lasting bridges between the legal and digital communities. This event is original in many ways. Its organization and its course are based on the obligation of interdisciplinarity between contributors, the promotion of trans-generational, collaborative and agile practices, underpinned by the use of digital tools for collaborative and remote work.
The principles and working methods laid down for the “Convergences” include:
- The obligation of trans-disciplinarity, through the creation of working pairs to mix disciplines;
- The promotion of trans-generational transmission, through the search for pairs comprising a “senior” (that is, a confirmed practitioner of his discipline) and a “junior” (e.g. a young lecturer, PhD student, etc.);
- Working in collaborative and agile modes: the themes of the conference come from participants in the workshop, the publication of the proceedings is carried out fast in digital form, etc.;
- The use of collaborative work tools (such as pads), for writing summaries of the workshops and the legal-computer glossary;
- The use of remote work tools (videoconferencing, pads, etc.).
The “Convergences” consists of two events, separated by a period of collaborative work. The winter workshop, in February-March, allows people to present individual contributions, identify work topics and create pairs. During the autumn conference, in September-October, pairs present their joint work, with the constraint that computer scientists must speak about legal issues and lawyers, about digital issues. Round tables and demonstrations complete this event.
The three topics that have been selected for 2018’s colloquium (15-17 October, Bordeaux) are the following :
- Topic A : algorithms and commercial practices
- Topic B : regulation of digital activities (e.g. cybersecurity law, etc.)
- Topic C : personal data
Contributors can still integrate the project at this stage, to complete pairs with participants to the previous winter workshop.
To do so, please send a short CV and potential topics for contributions (pertaining to the aforementioned list of topics) to professor François Pellegrini (firstname.lastname@example.org).