Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

TILT studies emerging technologies and their impact on the individual and society, recognizing the interplay between technology, regulation and fundamental values & human rights.

Keynote speakers TILTing Perspectives 2019

The following keynote speakers have confirmed their attendance at the Conference.

  • Opening address: Karen Yeung
  • Health and Environment: Alberto Alemanno
  • Justice and Data Market: Seda Gürses
  • Digital Clearinghouse: Alan Riley
  • Responsibility in Artificial Intelligence: Virginia Dignum
  • Data Protection: Prof. Lee Bygrave
  • Intellectual Property and Innovation: Niva Elkin-Koren

Please find their bio’s below.

Opening address: Karen Yeung

Karen Yeung

Karen Yeung is the University of Birmingham’s first Interdisciplinary Chair, taking up the post of Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics at the University of Birmingham in the School of Law and the School of Computer Science in January 2018. She has been a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Melbourne Law School since 2016. 

Karen is actively involved in several technology policy and related initiatives in the UK and worldwide, including those concerned with the governance of AI, one of her key research interests.  In particular, she is a member of the EU’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (since June 2018) and a Member and Rapporteur for the Council of Europe’s Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT). Since March 2018 she has been the ethics advisor and member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Digital Medicine for the Topol Independent Technology Review for the NHS. Between 2016-2018 she was the Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Genome Editing and Human Reproduction and during that time she was also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Biotechnology.

Keynote Health and Environment: Alberto Alemanno

Solon Barocas

Alberto Alemanno is an academic entrepreneur committed to connecting people and ideas to purpose. Over the past few years, he has launched social ventures aimed at fostering new avenues of engagement with the policy process. The aim is to inspire and train a new generation of engaged academics, social advocates, reformers, activists and citizen lobbyists across Europe. Today, he runs a civic start up, The Good Lobby, connecting academics and professionals to non-profit organizations in order to make their voice heard.

Keynote Justice and Data Market: Seda Gürses

Seda Gürses

Seda Gürses is currently a FWO post-doctoral fellow at COSIC/ESAT in the Department of Electrical Engineering at KU Leuven, Belgium. She is also a research associate at the Center for Information Technology and Policy at Princeton University. Prior to that she was a fellow at the Media, Culture and Communications Department at NYU Steinhardt and at the Information Law Institute at NYU Law School working together with a dandy group of researchers under the leadership of Helen Nissenbaum. During her time at NYU, she was also part of the Intel Science and Technology Center on Social Computing.

Outside of the university, she has been affiliated with a number of groups and initiatives. After many years of collaboration, she has finally become a member of her favorite collective Constant VZW. One concrete outcome of that collaboration has been the course “networked social” at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique which they have been teaching since 2012. She has also been a member and supporter of Alternatif Bilisim Dernegi , an association based in Turkey working on digital rights.

Keynote Digital Clearinghouse: Alan Riley

Alan Riley

Dr Riley specializes in EU, competition and regulatory law. He also deals with the security issues that flow into regulatory systems. He is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Washington DC and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Statecraft, London. He has written extensively on EU regulatory law, energy law and arbitration issues. He has also developed the field of law and geopolitics. One of the underlying arguments of Dr. Riley’s work is that the EU and the US regulatory systems are ill adapted to a world of rising authoritarian powers and that such systems need to be adapted to ensure that our existing systems are not gamed and undermined by such powers.                                               

He is formerly Professor of Law, City University of London. He holds a PhD from the Europa Institute, Edinburgh University and qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Currently he also is a a Member of the Advisory Committee to the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community, the Advisory Committee hands down opinions on the application of Energy Community law brought by the Energy Secretariat against states who are alleged to have failed to fulfil their obligations under the ECT Treaty.

Keynote Responsibility in Artificial Intelligence: Virginia Dignum

Virginia Dignum

Virginia Dignum is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology. She received a PhD in 2004 from the Utrecht University, on A Model for Organizational Interaction. Prior to her PhD, she worked for more than 12 years in consultancy and system development in the areas of expert systems and knowledge management.

In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for her work on agent-based organizational frameworks, which includes the OperA framework for analysis, design and simulation of organizational systems.

Keynote Data Protection: Prof. Lee Bygrave

Deirdre K. Mulligan

Lee A. Bygrave is professor at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo, where he is in charge of the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL). For the past three decades, Lee has been engaged in researching and developing regulatory policy for information and communications technology. He has functioned as expert advisor on technology regulation for numerous organizations, including the European Commission, Nordic Council of Ministers, and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. He was recently appointed by the Norwegian government to sit on Norway’s ICT Security Commission, with a mandate to recommend improvements to the country’s cybersecurity framework. He currently heads two major research projects at the NRCCL: VIROS (‘Vulnerability in the Robot Society’), which canvasses legal and ethical implications of AI-empowered robotics; and SIGNAL (‘Security in Internet Governance and Networks: Analyzing the Law’), which studies transnational changes in the legal frameworks for security of critical internet infrastructure and cloud computing. Lee has published extensively within the field of data protection law where his two principal books on the subject – Data Protection Law: Approaching Its Rationale, Logic and Limits (Kluwer 2002) and Data Privacy Law: An International Perspective (Oxford University Press 2014) – are widely acknowledged as standard international texts. He has just completed co-editing and co-authoring a comprehensive Commentary on the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which will be published by Oxford University Press later this year.

Keynote Intellectual Property and Innovation: Niva Elkin-Koren

Niva Elkin-Koren

Niva Elkin-Koren is a Professor of Law at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She is the Founding Director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT), a Co-Director of the Center for Cyber, Law and Policy. During 2009-2012 she served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa.

Her research focuses on innovation policy and access to knowledge, digital governance, online platforms, and the legal implications of AI and big data. She is currently studying the implications of governmental access to data for data-driven-innovation. She is also interested in predictive justice and seeks to develop new measures for keeping a check on algorithmic adjudication.    

Prof. Elkin-Koren has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard University, Columbia Law School, UCLA, NYU, George Washington University and Villanova University School of Law. She is the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council, of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, a member of the Executive Committee of Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), and a board member of the MIPLC Scientific Advisory Board of the Munich IP Law Center at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. She is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the Copyright Society (since 2009) the Journal of Information Policy (since 2010) and the Internet Policy Review (since 2016).

Prof. Elkin-Koren received her LL.B from Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law in 1989, her LL.M from Harvard Law School in 1991, and her S.J.D from Stanford Law School in 1995. 

She is the coauthor of The Limits of Analysis: Law and Economics of Intellectual Property in the Digital Age (2012) and Law, Economics and Cyberspace: The effects of Cyberspace on the Economic Analysis of Law (2004). She is the co-editor of Law and Information Technology (2011) and The Commodification of Information (2002). Her publications are listed here.