Digital Transformation of Decision-Making

A research initiative of the Amsterdam Law School

New Report: Automating Society Report 2020

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How are AI-based systems being used by private companies and public authorities in Europe? The new report by AlgorithmWatch and Bertelsmann Stiftung sheds light on what role automated decision-making (ADM) systems play in our lives. As a result of the most comprehensive research on the issue conducted in Europe so far, thereportcovers the current use of and policy debates around ADM systems in 16 European countries and at EU level.
The deployment of automated decision-making (ADM) and AI-based sys…

Event: Digital platforms for the post covid-19 era

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On 11 September 2020, the DTDM initiative organised a discussion with Jennifer Cobbe and Elettra Bietti on the societal dependence on digital platforms and how to imagine a new platform ecosystems.
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased our dependence on a small number of digital platforms which are encroaching on and influencing ever more parts of society, creating the need to reimagine how these digital platforms can work to the benefit of society. The discussion was based on a piece written by Jen…

New Publication: Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives

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How is the COVID-19 pandemic shifting the ways in which governments are utilising technologies and data to respond to the crisis globally? What are the implications of these developments for justice? The latest book published by Meatspace Press , Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives , edited by Linnet Taylor , Aaron Martin , Gargi Sharma and Shazade Jameson , brings together reflections and essays from 33 countries to provide a global perspective on the technological response to the pandemic….

New Project: Legal and societal conditions for Covid-19 technologies

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A new research project on technological solutions in a COVID-19 exit strategy, with a particular focus on the legal, ethical and societal conditions, has started in June. The project was commissioned by ZonMW as a so-called “urgent research question” project, and is a combined research effort of researchers from the Digital Transformation Initiative at the Faculty of Law , and the Research Priority Area ICDS (Information, Communication & The Data Society) at the University of Amsterdam. Digital tec…

Data after death – Research into post-mortem digital assets

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The Dutch Parliament has asked the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations to commission a study into the legal aspects of digital inheritances . The Institute for Information Law (IViR), in collaboration with the Private Law department of the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, has received a successful tender for this research. Virtually every surviving relative will be confronted with issues relating to access to and management of online ‘assets’ after death. The use of social med…

Panel discussion: The SyRI-case: consequences for risk profiling and automated decision-making

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The DTDM initiative is organising a panel Discussion with Christiaan van Veen, Anton Ekker and Naomi Appelman.
SyRI Panel Discussion 29 May 2020, Friday16:00 – 17:30 The DistrictCourt of The Hague ruled that the government has a ‘special responsibility’to guarantee fundamental rights and to avert any discrimination or social stigmatisation in the application of new technologies. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this responsibility for the fundamental rights and social implications of au…

New study: Legal Framework on the Dissemination of Disinformation

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The study, commissioned by the Dutch government , focuses on the legal framework governing the dissemination of disinformation, in particular through Internet services. The study provides an extensive overview of relevant European and Dutch legal norms relating to the spread of online disinformation, and recommendations are given on how to improve this framework. Additionally, the study includes an analysis of the relevant legal framework in 6 different countries (U.K., U.S., France, Germany, Sweden an…

Prof. Natali Helberger’s statement in the Dutch Parliament on COVID-19 app

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English below Statement van Prof. Dr. Natali Helberger naar aanleiding van de uitnodiging deel te nemen aan het rondetafelgesprek over de Corona-app in de Tweede Kamer op 22 April 2020: Geachte voorzitter, geachte leden van de Tweede Kamer, hartelijk bedankt voor deze uitnodiging.
Samen met mijn collega’s hebben wij afgelopen week een brief geschreven die inmiddels door meer dan 180 wetenschappers en experts is getekend. Een brief die wereldwijd navolging heeft gekregen, ook in België, Duitsland e…