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For governments, transnational data flows, which connect European countries with third country actors, pose significant challenges for their domestic public policy and sovereignty. In the last decade, the cross-border movement of digital services and data has been disruptive to a range of European legal frameworks and has impacted on critical public interests.

Event details of Governing European Values inside data flows
Date 29 January 2021
Time 10:00 -16:30

At the same time, Europe’s connectedness is very beneficial for digital trade and data-driven innovation and data flows are indispensable to make them work. Identifying strategies and approaches that can protect human rights and societal values inside global data flows would strike a balance between the rule of law and innovation policy that crucially undergirds a robust information civilization.

The workshop will assemble a multidisciplinary group of academics and policy-makers who can contribute to the discussion of adequate governance design under conditions of transnational data flows. Participation to this workshop will be by invitation.

The format will be a paper workshop which will pair authors and a respondent to lead a discussion. Authors will give short presentation of research papers that have been selected through a call for abstracts for a Special Issue of Internet Policy Review on the topic of the workshop. Research papers will be grouped in four thematic panels: (1) Data ordering and governance for Europe, (2) Value design in digital architectures, (3) Lessons from the General Data Protection Regulation, and (4) a European approach to Artificial Intelligence.

The outcome of the workshop will be a special journal issue on Governing European values inside data flows in Internet Policy Review, which is an open access and peer-reviewed journal on internet regulation. We expect a substantial added value to the current literature as well as distinct take-aways for policymakers and others interested in the topics in various capacities.

The workshop is organised as a collaboration between the ACES Governing Europe theme group, the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam and the research project “The Governance of Big Data in Trade Agreements” at the University of Lucerne.

Conveners: Kristina Irion (Institute for Information Law, UvA) and Mira Burri (University of Lucerne).