The theme for this year’s Summer School of the European Law School hosted by Humboldt-Universität was “Markets, Governance and European Law in the Algorithmic Era”.
Online platforms and intermediaries govern commerce and speech, exercising unprecedented influence over the market and the political discourse. The use of algorithms, managing information flows, analysing data, taking decisions, and carrying out transactions, has become an omnipresent reality which transforms capitalism and shapes the society of the 21st century.
As the world has become digital, algorithms have become the central tool to govern it. Digital hereby refers to the mode of storing information, algorithmic to its very use. Machine learning, at the core of many of the most influential algorithms, has provoked enthusiasm and optimism as well as concerns for the accountability and fairness of automated systems.
The European Union, passing the General Data Protection Regulation, has influenced laws and corporate practices world-wide and has established itself as a regulatory player to reckon with in the algorithmic era. Aspiring to respect pluralism among its member states while developing impactful solutions to global phenomena is one of the great contemporary challenges of the European project.
As part of the hybrid event held in Berlin on 11 July 2021 – 17 July 2021, PhD researcher, Jill Toh conducted a workshop on “Platform resistance, labour and data rights” to two groups of students at the Humboldt-Universität Law Faculty. The workshop focused on contextualising data vis-a-vis the gig economy and taking a deeper dive and interactive discussion on the Uber and Ola cases at the Amsterdam District Court.