LeADS ESRs at CPDP Conference


This year, LeADS will be present at the 17th Computers, Privacy & Data Protection – CPDP Conference that will take place in Brussels Belgium, offering cutting-edge discussions in legal, regulatory, academic, and technological development in privacy and data protection.

Prof. Paul De Hert, one of LeADS supervisors, is the Director and Founder of CPDP will give the Welcome and Introduction to the Conference. Moreover, Prof. Jessica Eynard, one of LeADS collaborators will join the panel AI for Privacy: Isn’t it Time to Switch Perspectives? Taking place at HT Petite On Wednesday 22nd 10:30 AM.

LeADS ESRs will be also present at CPDP. Tommaso Crepax will be a facilitator at the Workshop “Data Portability’s new horizons: AI, the DMA, and the quest for online sovereignty”. Taking place at the Machine Room on Wednesday 22, 10:30 AM.

Barbara Lazarotto will be a speaker at the Panel “AI in the Urban Landscape: Navigating Data Governance with Multiple Stakeholders” organized by Centro Nazionale IoT e Privacy, taking place on Thursday 23, 11:50 AM at HT Petite. At last, Barbara will also be a facilitator at the Workshop “B2B data sharing within the Data Act” happening on Wednesday 22, 11:50 AM at The Machine Room.


The full program can be found here

ESR Xengie Doan at CNIL Privacy Research Day 2024


ESR Xengie Doan will present her research on “Analysis of Transparency and User-relevancy of DTC Company Policies” at the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés – CNIL Privacy Research Day 2024, which will take place on June 4 in Paris.

This third edition of the Privacy Research Day will provide an opportunity to strengthen links between the academic world and regulators. Providing an opportunity for unprecedented exchanges between legal experts, IT specialists, designers, economists, and social science researchers, this day is aimed at a wide audience familiar with privacy and data protection.

Click here for the full program and registration

LeADS ITN: TILLs – Video available on YouTube

LeADS project is happy to share that the video about the TILLs (Technological Innovations in Law Laboratories) is now available on YouTube.

You may find it here: Video about the TILLs

LeADS- ON-LINE seminar series – Prof. Ricardo BAEZA-YATES

JOIN US to the online Seminar co-organized by LeADS:

Invited speaker: Prof. Ricardo BAEZA-YATES Professor, Director of Research, Institute for Experiential AI, Northeastern University
Title: Responsible AI
Date: 25th of April, at 16:00 – 17:00 (hybrid)
Register here

LSTS Doctoral Seminar With Bárbara Lazarotto

On 25 April 2024, 10:00h – 11:00h CET, LSTS member Bárbara Lazarotto will present her PhD research, entitled Business to Government Data Sharing in the EU and the protection of personal data: Making sense of a complex framework’, followed by discussion.

Abstract: Data is a crucial resource that plays an essential role in the economy and society. Yet, due to market failures, data has been often treated as a commodity and held in silos by a few actors, often large companies. In light of recent developments, there have been talks about transferring data from exclusive control of certain groups to making it accessible for public use. The European Union has taken a step in this direction by introducing the “European Data Strategy”, a set of rules and regulations that amongst other objectives, also aimed at making it easier for stakeholders to share data among themselves and with governments. However, this regulatory framework which includes different modalities of business-to-government data sharing is fairly new and the synergy between them is still yet to be seen since many of them may overlap and have possible contradictions.

Against this backdrop, there is a pressing need to analyze the current legal and regulatory landscape for business-to-government data sharing in the EU, how they interact with each other, and their possible consequences for the rights of data subjects. The analysis will delve into the complexities of the regulatory conundrum associated with business-to-government data sharing and explore whether the current framework effectively addresses the data subject’s data protection rights as enshrined in the GDPR. Ultimately, this research aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the legal and regulatory landscape for business-to-government data sharing and its connections with data subject’s rights.


This event will be in a hybrid format (both on-campus and online).  Interested participants wishing to take part can register by sending an email to Pablo.Rodrigo.Trigo.Kramcsak@vub.be.

The Unexpected Metamorphosis of Data Portability: A Meta-Moth-Phosis

In the quest for a harmonized understanding of data portability, one should appreciate the metamorphosis it has experienced within the European legislative framework. Initially envisioned as a tool to empower consumers by ensuring their control over personal data, the practical implementation of data portability has morphed in unexpected ways, much like a caterpillar’s transformation. However, instead of emerging as the anticipated butterfly, symbolizing freedom from lock-ins and enhanced control, it has taken on the guise of a moth—a “meta-moth-phosis,” if you will. This analogy captures the essence of data portability’s journey from a promising concept to its current state, where its potential for empowering individuals seems overshadowed by a reality that favors corporate interests and operational convenience.

A change in the architecture of data flows

The metamorphosis from a data transfer model envisioned in the GDPR to the current access model in the Digital Markets Act signifies a profound shift. Initially, data portability was envisioned to empower consumers with the ability to move data from one service provider to another. Yet, as this concept evolved, it transitioned towards facilitating easier in situ access to data for businesses, thereby prioritizing usability over individual control. This shift reflects a broader transformation in the digital market’s priorities—from protecting individual rights to fueling the economy with data-driven innovation.

Towards true empowerment

To start realigning the reality of data portability with its original promise, the European regulators need to harmonize legislative definitions with a common conceptualization, and encourage technological solutions that put control back in the hands of individuals. True empowerment would mean allowing users not just to give third parties access to data that current incumbent providershave at their disposal (which they can keep as such!), but to manage access to it comprehensively. This requires a radical rethinking of the digital infrastructure, designing an information system architecture where data hubs are decentralized and controlled by the individuals who can grant or revoke access under terms they set.

Embracing the meta-moth-phosis?

The journey of data portability in the EU highlights the need for a renewed commitment to its foundational goals. As we reflect on the meta-moth-phosis of data portability, it becomes clear that achieving genuine control and empowerment for users requires a precise and specific mixture of legal clarity, technological solutions, economic impact assessments, and special attention to the principles of user autonomy and privacy. By embracing this transformation and working towards a harmonized approach, the EU can ensure that data portability fulfills its potential as a key pillar of a fair and equitable digital market.

In this light, the moth analogy serves not just as critique, but also as a call to action—a reminder that even unexpected transformations can lead to meaningful outcomes if guided by a commitment to user empowerment. The future of data portability, with its complex interplay of legal, technological, and economic factors, holds the promise of a more integrated and user-empowered digital ecosystem, provided we navigate its evolution with care and purpose.


This research will be presented at the Privacy Symposium in Venice in June and will be published in their proceedings.

LeADS Lunch Seminars


The LeADS Consortium is organizing a series of informative lunch seminars. These seminars will feature a stellar line-up of speakers who are experts in their respective fields. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and network with these renowned speakers, gaining valuable insights and expanding their knowledge base. The seminars promise to be engaging, thought-provoking, and informative, making them a must-attend event for anyone interested in leadership development. 

“Carbon footprint of digital lifestyles – consumer information, behavioural intentions and demand for regulation” 

Prof. Candida Leone (Associate Professor of Private Law, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam)

12th of April 2024 – 15:00-17:00

Teams link: Join the meeting now

Invited speaker: Cristina NITA-ROTARU Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University

Title: Network-level Attacks in Federated Learning

Date: 18th April 2024, 16.00 – 17.00

Register here

Invited speaker: Prof. Tao Qian (China University of Political Science and Law)

Title: “AI and Copyright–Comparison between China and the EU

Date: 23rd  of April 2024 between 12:00-13.30 (Teams link: Join the meeting on Teams)

Invited speaker: Prof. Ricardo BAEZA-YATES Professor, Director of Research, Institute for Experiential AI, Northeastern University

Title: Responsible AI

Date: 25th of April, at 16:00 – 17:00 (hybrid)

Register here

ESR Barbara Lazarotto presents her research at Conference Legal Technologies and the Bodies

On March 07-08, 2023, Barbara Lazarotto and her colleague Alessandra Calvi presented their research at the Conference Legal Technologies and the Bodies, a conference that explored the complex relationship between legal systems, technology, and human bodies in this era of rapid technological advancement at SciencesPo Paris. Considering how various modern digital environments, such as surveillance and recommendation algorithms, affect and govern human bodies and behaviors.

Alessandra, who presented the paper co-authored with Barbara named “Breaking Down SyRi: A Feminist Investigation of Automated Discrimination”, an analysis of how the process of datafication and automation of the public sector disproportionally affects women, using the case of SyRi in The Netherlands as a case study.


14th Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security


LeADS beneficiary University of Luxembourg organizes the 14th Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security, which will be held as a hybrid event at the University of Vienna in Austria on 12th July 2024. The Workshop intends to stimulate an exchange of ideas on how to design systems that are secure in the world where they interact with users of varying lived experiences and diverse needs. STAST aims at bringing together experts working in various areas of computer security as well as in social and behavioral sciences. A call for papers for this workshop has been published and accepts full papers until 15th March 2024. Deadline for the CfP is 25 March 2024 (AoE)

More information and call for papers are available via this link.

ESR Barbara Lazarotto book review

ESR Barbara Lazarotto wrote a book review on ‘Digital Oil – Machineries of Knowing’, by Eric Monteiro for the Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies Tecnoscienza.

In her review, Barbara explores Monteir’s delves into the metaphor of “data is the new oil” to analyze the Norwegian offshore oil industry’s digital transformations. He explores how societal and political decisions have shaped the industry’s evolution, emphasizing the interplay between technology, economics, ethics, and politics. Divided into three parts, the book covers the historical context of Norway’s oil industry, the technological developments driving digitalization, and the implications of datafication on society. Through empirical studies, Monteiro examines various phases of commercial oil activities, highlighting the role of multidisciplinary professionals like data managers in handling and interpreting complex datasets. He also addresses the uncertainties inherent in oil exploration and production as a background for stressing the importance of considering technical and ethical factors in data analysis.

Her review can be accessed via this link.