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.

TILT's 25th Anniversary Year: Events in March

TILT's anniversary events in March will revolve around "Smart and Dumb Cities" and is organized by Lorenzo Dalla Corte, Shazade Jameson and Hellen Mukiri-Smith. Please find more information about this topic below:

Smart and Dumb Cities

There is a rampant tendency to instrument and datafy the cities we live in; a growing plethora of technologies are being embedded within the built environment. Those technologies, and the social consequences their adoption brings forth, have been loosely grouped under the 'smart city' umbrella. 'Smart city' can however mean everything and nothing; the only real consensus is that technology is political, and has regulatory capacity.

This month we will critically explore the legal, ethical and societal challenges at the intersection between datafication, instrumented environments, developmental visions and a $5 billion market. How can people benefit from smart city projects? What risks do we run? What role should regulatory frameworks play in the datafication or urban life? What would a smart city look like beyond concerns of convenience or efficiency alone? And what is our way forward?

The following events will take place in March:

Keynote Lecture: Teresa Scassa

12th of March, 16.00-17.30, Blackbox, Esplanade Building (drinks afterwards in Esplanade)  

Dr. Teresa Scassa will be our visiting professor in March. She is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Canadian Trademark Law (2nd edition, LexisNexis 2015), and Electronic Commerce and Internet Law in Canada, (CCH Canadian Ltd. 2012) (winner of the 2013 Walter Owen Book Prize). Her lecture is intended for the academic community at Tilburg University and free of charge, but please register via Ghislaine van den Maagdenberg: G.vdnmaagdenberg@tilburguniversity.edu. 

Abstract: Smart Cities Data Governance - Lessons from Quayside
Smart cities are places in which information technologies and vast quantities of data combine to generate data-driven solutions to a broad range of urban problems.  Smart cities initiatives are often conceived of as technology, infrastructure, and/or economic development projects. However, the governance issues raised by smart cities may call for a rethink of the legal and policy infrastructure almost at pace with the emerging and evolving technologies.  Drawing from the experience of the still unfolding process around the Waterfront Toronto-Sidewalk Labs Quayside smart city development, this presentation will examine smart cities data governance challenges.

Public Lecture: Rob Kitchin

14th of March, 19:15-21:30, LocHal Tilburg

Prof. Rob Kitchin will give a public lecture on how to on how to create a smart city that really works for the people in it. Read more about the public lecture here.

Movie: Her

26th of March, 20.00-22.00, location tbd.

We will watch and discuss the movie "Her". Please buy your ticket here. This event is open to everyone interested. Read more about the film here. Location: Secret location in the city of Tilburg, TBD.

Book: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Each month, we will read a book together. This month, we will read "The The Death and Life of Great American Cities" by Jane Jacobs.

  • 12th of March 2019 - TILT tables, 13.00-14.00
  • 19th of March 2019 - TILT tables, 13.00-14.00

All the information can also be found on www.tilt25.com.
We hope to see you!