CfP: Future Visions for a Democratic Internet: Actors, Norms, Institutions International Symposium – Dublin, 27th June 2019

International Symposium – Dublin, 27th June 2019

http://www.democraticinternet.com/p/call-for-papers.html

Future Visions for a Democratic Internet: Actors, Norms, Institutions

In 2004, Jack Balkin referred to the Internet as a “democratizing force”. This expression is emblematic of the original optimism with which many scholars welcomed the unprecedented developments of digital technologies. Some of the literature embraced the belief that the new technological context could foster democracy by enhancing equality and participation through a capillary redistribution of communicative capacities. There was a democratic promise embedded in the idea of the Internet, and many works produced at that time celebrated a series of new possibilities of achieving more transparency, accountability and participation at all levels of decision-making.
Almost two decades later, the scenario depicted by the scholarship has changed. Today, the same technologies are blamed for jeopardizing democratic institutions and individual rights. Issues such as fake news, mass surveillance and data breaches are only some examples of the phenomena they facilitate. A different picture emerges in which the originally praised “democratic force” of the Internet irremediably fades.
Yet, after the twilight of the initial utopian ideas and the unveiling of the dark side of digital technology, time has come to start investigating the potential to rehabilitate the original idea of the Internet and outline future visions for a democratic digital environment. Current tensions clearly show the necessity to reflect on the path to be taken to enhance this potential in the future. The renewal of the Internet’s original promise now depends on concrete legal and institutional analysis that can inform future public policy with a desirable approach.
Organisers suggest the analysis of issues related to fake news regulation, AI ethics, governmental transparency, digital identity and democratic deliberation, data protection regulation and digital human rights. General questions to be considered include, but are not limited to:
  • What can the Internet realistically promise to achieve in the future in terms of democratic development?
  • What have we learned from past outcomes and shortcomings?
  • What could the role of states, private companies and citizens be in shaping democracy in the digital society?
  • How can the law or other kinds of norms help in designing a more democratic digital environment?
  • How should existing institutions evolve in order to guide the democratic development of the Internet?
The organisers welcome papers, especially from young scholars, exploring these issues from a normative perspective, though maintaining a realistic view of the next future. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to the email address fv4adi@gmail.com by Thursday 31st January 2019, accompanied by a one page bio. The deadline for the final papers (max 10,000 words including footnotes) will be on Friday 31st May 2019. Authors of selected papers will be invited to discuss their work at a symposium which will take place on Thursday 27th June 2019 at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin (Ireland).

This event will offer young scholars working on related topics the opportunity to network and meet representatives of tech industries based in Dublin. Senior academics working in the field will act as discussants. Invited guest speakers include Prof Carlos Affonso Souza (UERJ), Prof Federico Fabbrini (Dublin City University), Dr TJ McIntyre (University College Dublin and Digital Rights Ireland), Prof Ingolf Pernice (Humboldt University) and Prof Sofia Ranchordás (University of Groningen).

For more detailed information about publication opportunities see here. For any queries please contact the organisers at fv4adi@gmail.com.

http://www.democraticinternet.com/p/call-for-papers.html

 

Two PhD positions at
the University of Luxembourg!

PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT

2 positions for PhD students at the University of Luxembourg – Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust.

VERY IMPORTANT: THIS IS A PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT!!! The actual Call for Application of the two positions will be available later (~ April 2019), with commencement of the PhD on the 1st November 2019.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust of the University of Luxembourg has obtained a large grant from the European Union devoted to fund the two PhD positions described below. The two PhD students that will be hired at the University of Luxembourg are expected to spend part of the PhD abroad. Specifically:

1) 6 months (M1-M6) at the University of Bologna, CIRSFID, Italy
2) 6 months (M7-M12) at the University of Turin, Department of Computer Science, Italy
3) 24 months (M13-M36) at the University of Luxembourg, SnT
4) In the third year (M25-M36), the student is required to carry out an industrial internship in one company affiliated to the University of Luxembourg.

Furthermore, the PhD schema offers generous “Research, training and networking costs” for attending conferences and summer schools, where the two students will have the possibility to disseminate their results, collecting feedback, and get in touch with main worldwide players in their research field.

Candidates interested in one of the two PhD positions should communicate their interest to both Livio Robaldo (livio.robaldo@uni.lu) and Réka Markovich (reka.markovich@uni.lu). The full CV of the candidate must be sent in attachment. Candidates will then have to prepare a 3-pages document describing their PhD project proposal. The 3-pages project proposal must be in line with either of the two descriptions below.

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PhD position #1:

Title: Security and privacy of resource constrained devices

Objectives: Recent hackers’ attacks have shown the vulnerability of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices due to their limited computing power. Given also their ubiquitous presence, lower costs and limitations in keeping security measures up to date, they represent a growing risk for the security of IT infrastructures.

Expected Results:
1. Analysis of the weaknesses of resources bounded IoT devices.
2. Analysis of legal frameworks regulating IoT security
3. Security framework and best practices for resource constrained devices
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PhD position #2:

Title: Risk analysis and regulatory compliance of distributed ledger technologies for transaction and management of securities

Objectives: Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) are fairly new. An in-depth risk analysis is therefore needed. The aim of this research track is to provide a comprehensive account of the risks associated with the use of DLTs in transacting and managing securities. The research will assess the risks, advantages and drawbacks of DLTs in this specific domain in comparison with other existing technologies for managing and transacting with securities.

Expected Results:
1. Identify pitfalls, security problems and vulnerabilities of DLTs systems
2. Compare existing platforms of security management with new DLTs systems
3. Asses the advantages (if any) and the feasibility of building a DLT architecture for managing securities
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The following tasks are required for PhD students at the University of Luxembourg:
– Presentation of research findings at workshops and conferences
– Publication of papers / scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals
– Possibility of participating in teaching activities (seminars)
– Designing, developing, and defending the PhD thesis within four years.

Your Profile:
– Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or related disciplines such as Data and Information Science, Human-Computer-Interaction, etc. It is possible to apply if the respective degree is to be obtained soon (details to be given in the application)
– Good command of written and spoken English
– Dedication to actively participate in the interdisciplinary framework of the PhD.

The University of Luxembourg offers:
– A dynamic environment with a large number of ongoing scientific activities (English as working language)
– A cutting-edge digital research infrastructure
– Financial support (travel allowances) for participating in scientific activities (workshops, conferences, summer schools, etc.)
– Attractive salary and employment contract including social insurance contribution

Contacts:
– In case of questions, please contact Livio Robaldo at livio.robaldo@uni.lu or Réka Markovich at reka.markovich@uni.lu.

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer and applications by women are especially encouraged

Call for papers Legal Design as Academic Discipline

The workshop “Legal Design as Academic Discipline: Foundations, Methodology, Applications” will take place on December 12, 2018 in Groeningen (Netherlands) during JURIX. Legal Design is an interdisciplinary approach to apply human-centered design to prevent or solve legal problems. It can help to create functional, inclusive and transparent legal documents, services, and systems.

This workshop welcomes theoretical contributions, for instance on:

  • What is Legal Design? What is it not?
  • Which methodologies can be applied and for which purposes?
  • From which neighbouring research fields can Legal Design benefit?
  • What is the added value of Legal Design to the academic field?
  • How can Legal Design help to develop and validate new legal theories?

It also welcomes the description of practical applications (projects, practices and examples, better if grounded in legal informatics):

  • access, usability, communication and visualisation of legal documents, data and information
  • improving access to justice and remedies for different stakeholders
  • design of interfaces for artificial intelligence in the legal domain
  • design and evaluation of legal digital services (platforms, apps, etc.)
  • usable applications for natural language processing  of legal texts
  • design of technologies (e.g. blockchain, algorithms, artificial intelligence, platforms, etc.) in compliance  with the applicable laws
  • implementation and enforcement of legal principles through IT, design and behavioural economics (choice architectures, patterns, etc.)
  • interpretation of legal visualizations
  • transparency of legal information and documentation
  • usability in privacy, data protection, and security
  • Legal Design in & for education

Read the call for papers for more details on the workshop and the submission.

Call for Papers TILTing Perspectives 2019: Regulating a World in Transition

Call for Papers TILTing Perspectives 2019: Regulating a World in Transition

15-17 May 2019, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands

Change may be the intended result of the application of a technology, or it may be one of its unintended side effects. In any case, the development of technology by humanity poses complex moral and legal questions as to the acceptable intended and unintended effects that technology has on a given society.

These developments and transformations warrant the adoption of ‘Regulating a World in Transition’ as the theme for the sixth bi-annual TILTing Perspectives conference on the intersection of law, technology, and society.

The conference features six large tracks: Data Protection, Health and Environment, Responsibility in Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property and Innovation, Digital Clearinghouse ,and Justice and the Data Market.

We welcome research papers, position papers, work-in-progress presentations and other contributions before November 1st 2018.

Interested? Read more on the conference website.

Please find the call for papers here.

New partnership with the European University Institute in Florence

The University of Luxembourg and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence have just entered into an Agreement on Educational and Scientific Cooperation. Professor Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI, and Professor Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg signed the agreement at a ceremony at the premises of the EUI on 13 July 2018.

Read more directly at this link.