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S. de Conca


Tilburg Law School
Law, Technology, Markets & Society


My PhD research analyses the effects of Intelligent Home Assistants on the Private Sphere and on its protections, with a focus on Personal Data protection.

More in general, the main focus of my research currently is the way the Law thinks, deals with, and relates to, Artificial Agents (both AI and robots), as well as Data Protection & Privacy in general.

In addition to that, my expertise includes Regulation of technology, IT Law, and IP law. Due to my years spent practicing and teaching the law, I have also experience in International Business Contracts, Corporate Law, M&A, and International Public Law.  


Principal publications

  • "From the glass house to the hive: the private sphere in the era of intelligent home assistant robots", in Privacy and Identity Management: the Smart Revolution, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology series, Vol. 526, Springer [awarded as Best Paper at the IFIP Summer School 2017 (Ispra, Italy)] [expected Summer 2018].     
  • "Artificial Intelligence and Privacy - AI enters the house through the Cloud", R. Leenes, S. De Conca in Research Handbook of Law and AI, (Woodrow Barfield, Ugo Pagallo eds.), Edward Elgar Press [manuscript in production, expected Summer 2018]. 
  • "Surveillance and Privacy in Public North American Spaces", B. Newell, K. Thomasen, S. De Conca, in Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space (Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan, and Bert-Jaap Koops, eds.) Routledge: Routledge Studies in Surveillance book series [manuscript in production, expected July 2018]. 
  • "Socio-legal justification to the Google Spain and Google Mexico decisions", in Revista de Investigación Multidisciplinaria Vol. 10, No. 1, 2016 [ISSN: 2395-9711].
  • "Liquidfeedback and Gunther Teubner: direct democracy,"social constitutions" and Web 2.0", in CeDEM 15(P. Parycek and N. Edelmann eds.), Edition Donau-Universitat Krems, (Krems), May 2015 [ISBN: 978-3902505699].   

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Last amended: 24 May 2018