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Responsible Governance for Healthy and Sustainable Smart Platforms: Policy directions for the collaborative economy

Smart online platforms will be a vital enabler of future economic growth across the EU and a key component of  the EU single digital market. They also promise new ways to pool and mobilise society’s resources with the potential to address various impending social and environmental crises.

However, to reap these benefits, new thinking is required around the regulation and governance of smart online platforms to ensure balanced interests, and to promote fair and safe forms of participation, particularly relating to the role played by algorithms and data in driving economies of scale.

This policy event will provide a forum to address the following questions:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities for public policy of Smart Online Platforms?
  • How can we leverage platforms for a more equal, just, and knowledgeable society?
  • How can platforms play a role in reducing the social divide and retain hard-won rights and protections?
  • What  are the challenges and opportunities for existing industries from their disruptive business models?
  • How should the regulatory environment change and what new regulatory institutions or instruments may be needed?
  • How can these technologies support public objectives and help policy makers deliver solutions at greater scale and of greater impact?

This event is being organised by the Smart Society EU FET project which has been exploring technologies and governance models for the next generation of Smart Platforms. The event will include the launch of the Smart Society Social Charter, and high-profile keynote talks.

Preliminary Agenda

 9.30 - 10.00 Registration

10.00 - 10.45 Keynote:The landscape of the collaborative economy, Helen Goulden (Nesta)

10.45 - 11.30 Keynote: Responsibility in Collaborative Economies (TBC)

11.30 - 12.00 Coffee

12.00 - 13.00 A Social Charter for Smart Platforms

13.00 - 13.30 Questions and Discussion

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 15.15 Panel Session 

15.15 - 16.00 Closing plenary session

Libel, Privacy, Data Protection and Online Legal Action A Practitioner’s Guide

Legal training half day seminar on internet law organized by the Belfast Solicitors’ Association (“BSA”), in cooperation with the Bar of Northern Ireland.


12.30 – 1pm LUNCH

WELCOME NOTE: @ 1PM (3 mins)

Chairman Bar Council Liam McCollum QC / Chairman BSA Olivia O’Kane (5 mins)

  1. KEY NOTE: (30- 45 mins?)
    Honourable Mr Justice Stephens –  INSERT TALK TITLE
  2. INSERT TALK TITLE (15-20)
    Olivia O’Kane, Solicitor
  3. Defamation Practice-Some Reminiscences and Lessons Learnt (15-20)
    David Ringland QC
  4. 2.40pm REFRESHMENTS
  5. Responsibility and accountability in algorithm mediated services – a look at regulatory and policy concerns (30 mins)
    Dr. Ansgar Koene, Senior Research Fellow: Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham
  6. Privacy – A poor man’s defamation law? (15 – 20mins)
    Ronan Lavery QC
  7. Computer Prefetch, Shellbags, and Mounted devices – what information can they glean for you? (30 mins)
    Paul Birch, BDO Computer Forensics


Algorithms Transparency and Accountability in the Digital Economy event at the European Parliament

page-shot-2016-11-10-event-07-11-algorithmic-accountability-and-transparencyOn November 7th I attended the Algorithms Transparency and Accountability in the Digital Economy roundtable event that was organized by MEP Marietje Schaake for the purpose of “discussing which options the European Union has to improve the accountability and/or the transparency of the algorithms that underpin many business models and platforms in the digital single market.”

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