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 2017

Sally Wyatt will give an opening at the conference. Please find more information about Sally below.

Sally Wyatt originally studied economics at McGill University, Canada and Sussex University, England. She received her PhD in science and technology studies from Maastricht University in 1998. Since 2006, she has been working for the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and is currently Programme Leader of its e-Humanities Group. Between 2005-2010, Wyatt co-ordinated PhD training in the Dutch Research School for Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC), and since January 2011, she is the Academic Director of WTMC. Wyatt was the international co-ordinator for ESST (European Master’s Programme on Society, Science and Technology) between 1996-99 and its President between 2008-2011. She was President of EASST (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology

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

1. Privacy track and PLSC-Europe: Christopher Slobogin and Gary T. Marx

2. Healthcare track: Flis Henwood and Irene Schluender

3. Intellectual Property track: Maciej Szpunar and John Golden

4. Data Science track: Sean McDonald and Solon Barocas

Please find their bio’s below.

Solon Barocas

Solon Barocas

Solon Barocas is a Post Doc Researcher in the New York City Lab of Microsoft Research. He focuses on the ethics of machine learning, particularly applications that affect people’s life chances and their everyday experiences on online platforms. His research explores issues of fairness in machine learning, methods for bringing accountability to automated decision-making, the privacy implications of inference, and the role that privacy plays in mitigating economic inequality.

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Solon was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. He completed his doctorate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where he remains a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Urban Science + Progress and an affiliate of the Information Law Institute. Solon also routinely works with the Data & Society Research Institute, where he is an affiliate as well.

John M. Golden

John M. Golden

John is a professor in the School of Law of the University of Texas at Austin where he has been teaching administrative law, contracts, patent law, innovation-related seminars for law students and a seminar on science and innovation policy for undergraduates. He is holding a PhD degree in physics from Harvard University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

Since 2011 John has been the faculty director for the Andrew Ben White ‘Draw Board’ colloquium series. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and at the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership of the College of Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley.

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John is currently staying at TILT as a TILT Fellow. While staying at TILT, John will be focusing on drafting a paper on design principles for law relating to new and evolving technologies. How can laws and legal decision-making be best structured to accomplish their purposes with respect to new and evolving technologies? What design principles can help us ensure that a legal system advances long-term and multi-faceted objectives even when there is great uncertainty about proper means, like payoffs, and social priorities?  

Since the research of John is at the intersection between TILT and TILEC, we agreed with TILEC that John will be hosted by TILT as well as TILEC. John will be visiting TILT from 6 September 2016 until the end of the year.

Flis Henwood

Flis Henwood

Flis Henwood is a social scientist with a background in science and technology studies. In the early part of her career, her teaching was concerned with exploring the gender-technology relationship, particularly in educational and work contexts. More recently her teaching has focused on the development of critical social science perspectives on 'e-health', exploring both policy and 'lived experiences'.

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Flis’ research focuses on the design, development and use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in everyday work and life settings, with particular emphasis on how such technologies mediate and shape health and social care practices. Examples of past projects include: the development and use of electronic patient records (EPR) in the maternity services; the use of the internet by lay people seeking information about health risks; the use of ICTs to support self-care in the context of 'obesity', and mid-life and older adults' engagements with the discourses of self-care, personal responsibility and choice in the context of the new 'healthy living' imperative, the creation of primary care electronic patient records, and the information and support needs of carers of people with dementia.

Current projects include the EU-funded EmERGE project on the development and evaluation of a mobile phone app for stable HIV patients. PhD students are investigating EPR development in the context of patient-centred care, the use of social media in caring practices for older people, the use of mobile phones in hospitals and the meanings of telecare for a sense of 'home' and 'care' amongst older people.

Research projects

Electronic Patient Records (EPR) evaluation
Patient record Enhancement Project (PREP)
Evaluation of mobile phone app. for use by stable HIV patients


  • DPhil, University of Sussex, 1992. Title: Gender and Occupation: Discourses on Gender, Work and Equal Opportunities in a College of Technology
  • MSc (Distinction) Science, Technology and Industrialisation, University of Sussex, 1983
  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences, Bristol Polytechnic (2:1), 1978

Gary T. Marx

Gary is a Professor Emeritus from M.I.T and currently an itinerant and electronic scholar. He has worked in the areas of race and ethnicity, collective behavior and social movements, law and society and surveillance studies.

His book Undercover received the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and Gary was named the American Sociological Association's Jensen Lecturer for 1989-1990. He received the Distinguished Scholar Award from its section on Crime, Law and Deviance, the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association and numerous other awards.

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In 1992 he was the inaugural Stice Memorial Lecturer in residence at the University of Washington and he has been a UC Irvine Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, the A.D. Carlson Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Social Sciences at West Virginia University, and the Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Harvey Mudd College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Beyond MIT, he has taught at Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Colorado. He has also been a Visiting Professor at various prestigious universities and research centers all over the globe, both in the US, Europe as well as in Asia. He has taught in sociology, social relations, political science, law, psychology, urban studies and technology, science and society departments. He has lectured at well over 100 schools.

He has been a research associate at the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies and Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Center, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1987-88; 1996-97) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1997-98). In 1970, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he has received grants from the National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, the Twentieth Century Fund, the Whiting Foundation, and the German government.

Gary will be staying at TILT as a TILT Fellow. While in Tilburg, Gary is planning to work on the following topics:

  • Relationships between privacy and surveillance and the legal rights and wrongs they can involve
  • Consider how the rules and expectations about privacy and publicity are related to the materiality of what is to be controlled.

Gary will be at TILT for two weeks in 2017 as well as for two weeks in 2018.

Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald

Sean Martin McDonald is the CEO of FrontlineSMS. Frontline technologies are used by thousands of organizations to reach tens of millions of people with the information, goods, and services they need most. Sean has worked at the intersection of technology, data, law, and social impact for more than a decade. He is the author of Ebola: A Big Data Disaster, and a series on Civic Trusts. 

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Sean is an affiliate with Harvard University's Berkman Center. Sean is an advisor to the Center for Internet & Society, Digital Democracy, DoSomething.org, ECPAT USA, TechChange, and UNDP. Sean is a lawyer, barred in New York. He holds a J.D. and an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.

Irene Schlünder

Irene Schluender

Irene is a lawyer, with a European reputation in privacy protection, codes of practice, the uses of data for research including biological as well as clinical data. She is one of the lead authors of the IMI Secondary Use Code. Irene advises and supports a variety of research projects and services within TMF with a focus on data protection.

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Due to her expertise in EU law, Ms. Schlünder represents TMF in European research projects aiming to enhance translational and transnational medical research while maintaining a high data protection standard. Since February 2015 she works part-time as seconded German ELSI expert for BBMRI-ERIC. She graduated in law at the University of Heidelberg and worked several years as a researcher at the University of Potsdam, focusing and publishing on human rights. She has also long experience as attorney at law with a focus on privacy law and on IP law.        

Christopher Slobogin

Chris Slobogin

Chris Slobogin has authored more than 100 articles, books and chapters on topics relating to criminal law and procedure, mental health law and evidence. Named director of Vanderbilt Law School’s Criminal Justice Program in 2009, Professor Slobogin is one of the five most cited criminal law and procedure law professors in the country over the past five years, according to the Leiter Report, and one of the top 50 most cited law professors overall from 2005-2015, according to Hein Online. Particularly influential has been his work on the Fourth Amendment and technology and his writing on mental disability and criminal law, appearing in books published by the University of Chicago, Harvard University and Oxford University presses and in journals such as the Chicago Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Virginia Law Review

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Professor Slobogin has served as reporter for three American Bar Association task forces (on Law Enforcement and Technology; the Insanity Defense; and Mental Disability and the Death Penalty) and as chair of both the ABA’s task force charged with revising the Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards and the ABA’s Florida Assessment team for the Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project. He is currently an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute's Principles of Police Investigation Project.

In recognition for his work in mental health law, in 2016 Professor Slobogin received both the American Board of Forensic Psychology's Distinguished Contribution Award and the American Psychology-Law Society’s Distinguished Contribution of Psychology and Law Award; only a total of five law professors have received either of these awards in their 30-year history, and none has received both awards. 

Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty, Professor Slobogin held the Stephen C. O'Connell chair at the University of Florida's Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He has also been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, where he was the Edwin A. Heafey Visiting Scholar, as well as at Hastings, Southern California and Virginia law schools and at the University of Frankfurt Law School in Germany, the Montpellier Law School in France, and the University of Kiev, Ukraine, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, the Today Show, National Public Radio, and many other media outlets, and has been cited in almost 3,000 law review articles and treatises and more than 100 judicial opinions, including three U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Professor Slobogin holds a secondary appointment as a professor in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry.

Maciej Szpunar

Maciej Szpunar

Maciej is an Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union and Professor of Law at the University of Silesia in Katowice. He was a Visiting Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge (1998), the University of Liège (1999) and the European University Institute, Florence (2003).

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law, Trier (from 2008) and Research Group on Existing EC Private Law (‘Acquis Group') (from 2006); In the past, he was Undersecretary of State in the Office of the Committee for European Integration (2008-09), then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-13) and agent of the Polish Government in a large number of cases before the European Union judicature.

Read more about Maciej Szpunar

He is a member of the editorial board of a number of legal journals and author of numerous publications in the fields of European law and private international law.

Since 23 October 2013, he is an Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, where he issued number of opinions in important technology related cases, including McFadden C-484/14 and Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken C-174/15.