ILPC Seminar Series on AI and the Humanities: Computer says No! Fair and Accountable Decisions in an Automated World

This event is part of the ILPC Seminar Series on AI and the Humanities: Transforming Society. 

These seminars explore the societal impacts of AI-based technologies and systems and the role of the humanities and social sciences in providing key insights and enabling an open dialogue on these important and complex issues with the public. 

This international and multi-disciplinary series brings together experts from across academia and focuses on topics of public interest addressing the theme of what it means to be human in a world being redefined by cutting-edge developments in AI and digital policymaking. 

In this seminar, Dr Zanfir-Fortuna will present and discuss key findings from a recent Report by the Future of Privacy Forum on automated decision-making under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (co-authored by Sebastião Barros Vale and Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna). 

The report explores how Courts and data protection authorities across Europe and the UK have applied the GDPR (particularly Article 22) and protected human rights in specific sectors, including employment and payment in the gig economy, live facial recognition and profiling in schools, and credit scoring matters.

29 Sep 2022, 17:00 to 18:30


Online Seminar via Zoom


Dr Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna is Vice President for Global Privacy for the Washington DC-based Future of Privacy Forum, where she coordinates the regional offices of FPF in Brussels, Tel Aviv and Singapore and leads the work on Global privacy developments with their impact on all focus areas of FPF, including de-identification, AI, mobility, adtech and education. She is also Associated Researcher for the LSTS Center of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Gabriela is a member of the Reference Panel of the Global Privacy Assembly and was a member of the Executive Committee of ACM’s Fairness, Accountability and Transparency Conference. She has experience in working for the European Data Protection Supervisor in Brussels, dealing with enforcement, litigation and policy matters, and contributed to the work of the Article 29 Working Party. She holds a PhD in law with a thesis on the rights of the data subject from the perspective of their adjudication in civil law, and an LLM in Human Rights. She is the first Romanian author to publish a comprehensive volume on the rights of the data subjects (“Protectia datelor personale. Drepturile persoanei vizate”, C.H. Beck, Bucharest, 2015) and is one of the co-authors of “GDPR: A commentary”, Oxford University Press, 2020 (Eds. Christopher Kuner, Lee A Bygrave, Christopher Docksey). 

Jedrzej Niklas is a Research Associate at the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University and upcoming Research Fellow at the Polish Academy of Science. His research focuses at the gocernance of data technologies and their social justice implications. His newst project DATAFORESTS explore use of digital technologies for natural resoruces management. Jedrzej has a Ph.D. in international law from the University of Warsaw. Priori he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leeds and LSE when he analyses the problem of algorithmic discrimination.

Chair: Dr Nóra Ni Loideain, Director and Senior Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre.

This event is free but advance booking is required. Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees closer to the event date.



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