Public lecture 25th Anniversary TILT in November by Mireille Hildebrandt

Date: Time: 19:30 Location: LocHal

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) conducts teaching and research into the regulation of technologies and technology-related societal innovation. TILT is a prominent player on the national as well as the international level when it comes to research and education in this particular area. TILT is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a year full of keynotes, workshops and events. Every month will be devoted to a different theme, such as cybercrime, e-health, privacy and climate change.

Click here if you would like to find out about the theme of each month and the programming committee.

Public lecture of the month

Each Month, the Public Library of Tilburg will host a Public Lecture. The public lecture in November 2019 will be given by Mireille Hildebrandt. Please find the bio of Mireille Hildebrandt below:


Hildebrandt is a Research Professor on 'Interfacing Law and Technology' at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), appointed by the VUB Research Council. She is co-Director of the research group on Law Science Technology and Society studies (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology. She also holds the part-time Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Science Faculty, at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research interests concern the implications of automated decisions, machine learning and mindless artificial agency for law and the rule of law in constitutional democracies. In 2015 she published ’Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law’, and in 2020 her ‘Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk’ will be published by Oxford University Press (available at MIT’s pubpub in open access). In 2018 she was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for her project on ‘Counting as a Human Being in the era of Computational Law’ (2019-2024), where she will lead a legal team from Brussels and a computer science team from Radboud. 


Why micro targeting does not work and nevertheless disrupts the public sphere

In this public lecture Mireille will argue that micro targeting based on behavioural data does not work as professed, while causing turbulence in the public sphere. The ineffectiveness of behavioural micro targeting will be explained based on the kind of feedback loops apparent in the Campbell and Goodhart effects. Moreover, She will address the pitfalls of the behaviourism that informs data-driven micro targeting, taking note that - quoting Hannah Arendt - the point is not whether behaviourism is true, but that it might become true. 


19.15-19.30 - Doors open
19.30-19.40 - Introduction
19.40-20.30 - Lecture by M. Hildebrandt
20.30-21.00 - Public debate: Q&A


FutureLab, LocHal, Tilburg
Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant
Our Public Lecture Program is organized in cooperation with Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant