Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - European Law School Network

Digital Ideas Lunch Series

Law in the Algorithmic Society

March 3 — May 26 2021



The   first   two   decades   of   the   21st   century   have   been   characterised   by rapid technological  innovation  and  profound  economic  transformations.  Ubiquitous  data collection  and  analysis,  automated  decisions,  machine  learning-based  profiling,  micro-targeted   advertisement,   face   recognition,   natural   language   processing,   platforms covering  speech  and  commerce  for  billions  of  people,  social  media  bots  —  the  list of  technological   developments   altering   our   social,   political   and   societal existence   is growing   each   year.   At   the   heart   of   many   of   these developments   sit   algorithms. Algorithms constitute the foundation of what is often described as a new era, poignantly referred to as Information Capitalism or the Algorithmic Society.

In  this  Digital  Ideas  Lunch  Series,  we  invite  young  scholars  from  around  the  world  to share  what  they  believe  the  most  pressing  issues  are,  how  they  identify  problems,  and what  solutions  they  suggest  as  we  move  into  the  new  era.  We  invite  master  and  PhD students  to  get  to  know  emerging  research  fields,  to  comment  and  to  connect  with world-leading  institutions.  In  three  of  the  sessions,  more  senior  researchers  provide context and share recent research on the impact of algorithms.

Each  session  begins  with  a  presentation  by  the  speakers,  is  followed  by  a  comment  of one  of  the  students  and  a  discussion.  After  the  session,  there  is  opportunity  for networking.


The events are open to the public and will take place online on Zoom. Join us at: - Zoom Meeting-ID: 991 622 1271  Please use your real and full name when joining us on Zoom.

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Find the full detailed program as a PDF-Document following the link.




Niklas Eder (HU Berlin/ISP Yale Law School)


Mateja Durovic  (King’s College London, Deputy Director Center for Technology, Law Ethics and Society)

Matthias C. Kettemann (Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut/Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society/Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers)

Jill Toh (University of Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law)


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The Digital Ideas Lunch Series is hosted by the European Law School at Humboldt University, Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan Grundmann, in cooperation with King's College London’s Centre for Technology, Ethics, Law and Society and digital partner Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society for the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers.