ESR Barbara Lazarotto at Conference “Public Governance and Emerging Technologies”

On January 11-12 2024, ESR Barbara Lazarotto presented her research at the interdisciplinary international conference on ‘Public Governance and Emerging Technologies: Values, Trust, and Compliance by Design’ in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The Conference explored the use of emerging technologies in public governance and how this deployment can be done in a legally, ethically, and socially acceptable way.

Prof. Barbara Prainsack gave a keynote at the Conference


Barbara presented her research on the topic of “The Role of Technology in Citizens’ Right to Good Administration: Examining the Impact of Smart Governments”. She explored the growing trend of “smart government,” where technology, including information and communication technologies (ICT) and artificial intelligence (AI), is extensively used to enhance public administration, collecting and processing large-scale data with the main objective of improving efficiency and reducing costs. Despite justifications based on the right to good administration, concerns arise regarding the impact on citizen autonomy and privacy. Her paper explores the concept of “smart governments,” analyzing common technological practices, such as nudging and sensorization of public environments.

Barbara’s work will be featured as a chapter in a book exploring the topic of technology and public governance to be published late in 2024.

Conference ”Data Ethics and Governance: Unravelling the Complexities of Privacy, Fairness, and Access in the Digital Age”

The Conference by the title ”Data Ethics and Governance: Unravelling the Complexities of Privacy, Fairness, and Access in the Digital Age” is scheduled, in the framework of the LeADS Project, for Monday 15th of January 2024
from 14:00 to 18:00 CET in Blvd General Jacques 271, 1050 Brussels

It is also possible to join the Conference online. No registration is required. Please check the QR code for the Webex meeting in the flyer of the Conference LeADS_Flyer Conference 15 January 2024 Brussels _F


ESR Aizhan Abdrassulova participation at the IBMEL-23

ESR Aizhana Abdrassulova attended the 32nd International Conference on Business, Management, Education & Law (IBMEL-23) held in Istanbul from September 5-7, 2023. The conference was organized by the International Centre of Excellence in Education, Business, and Management.

During the conference, Aizhana presented a paper and made an oral presentation on the topic “Data ownership does not work?”. The article was already published, and Aizhana discussed the challenges and inconsistencies of the data ownership approach. Her presentation was well received by the audience, which included many professionals working with data.

Aizhana’s presentation focused on the modern approach to data ownership that prioritizes convenience for the data subject and control over their data. She expressed her views on the topic, highlighting the need for a better understanding of data ownership issues and the importance of ensuring data privacy and security.

The conference had an interactive format that allowed participants to engage in discussions and exchange their ideas and views on the topic. The conference was an excellent opportunity for Aizhana to connect with other professionals in her field and learn about the latest advancements and trends related to data ownership and management.

ESR Louis Sahi at 26th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering


From 1 to 3 November 2023, the 26th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE-2023) was held in Exeter, United Kingdom. The conference provided three days of relevant presentations by researchers on complex data-based applications in science and engineering.

On 3 November 2023, the last day of this conference, the CSE-2 & iSCI: Computational Engineering session took place. This session aimed to bring together researchers and practitioners to address the challenges of complex big data computing, such as heterogeneity, and to provide a forum for presenting and discussing new ideas and trends in this highly challenging research area. During the session, Louis Sahi presented his paper entitled “Towards Reliable Collaborative Data Processing Ecosystems: Survey on Data Quality Criteria”, in which he collaborated with Romain Laborde, Mohamed-Ali Kandi, Michelle Sibilla, Giorgia Macilotti, Benzekr Abdelmaleki, Afonso Ferreira. In this study, they reviewed the existing data quality criteria in the literature to propose a general standardization of these data quality criteria (DQC). Indeed, this systematic literature review shows many discrepancies between the names of DQCs and their meanings. Therefore, they identified 30 DQCs, analyzed them, and proposed a unified and standardized name and definition for each criterion.

The future direction of this work will be to validate these criteria by using them to evaluate concrete data sets. This validation will show their applicability and usefulness in assessing data quality. Finally, Louis Sahi attended enriching panels and keynotes at the conference and received helpful feedback.

LeADS in 2023: Looking Back

In 2022, our 15 ESRs completed the second year of LeADS. They had an intensive training schedule and attended a cross-disciplinary training program on four occasions. They explored their research topics in the four LeADS Crossroads, resulting in an interdisciplinary report on unsolved challenges in the data economy. This report provided the groundwork for their research activities in 2023.

Transforming Research into Working Papers

In 2023, our ESRs were reshuffled into 6 interdisciplinary groups to draft Working Papers (WOPAs). The ESRs collaborated with each other to publish 6 WOPAs, which became the first public deliverable of the LeADS project. Later, the ESRs contextualized their research in six blog posts.

(i) The Flawed Foundations of Fair Machine Learning

(ii) Contribution to Data Minimization for Personal Data and Trade Secrets

(iii) Transparency and Relevancy of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing – Privacy and Consent Policies in the EU

(iv) Data Access and Re-Use in the European Legal Framework for Data, from the GDPR to the Proposed Data Act: the Case of Vehicle Data

(v) From Data Governance by Design to Data Governance as a Service

(vi) Data Collaboratives with the Use of Decentralised Learning – an Interdisciplinary  Perspective on Data Governance. 

Refining the Crossroad Report

The ESRs conducted research in the writing process of WOPAs, which was used to refine the initial Crossroad Report. This new report focuses on stakeholder needs and the ESRs’ research evolution and includes four videos available on the LeADS YouTube channel.

From Theory to Practice: Secondments

ESRs have the opportunity to work with beneficiaries and partners of the LeADS project, including prominent academics and practitioners. Secondments enable them to gain practical experience and adapt their research projects accordingly. Our ESRs engage with academics and practitioners to gain practical experience and adapt their research projects. Each ESR completes two secondments, and seven of them wrote about their experience in a blog post.

(i) Secondments at BY.TE, AGCM, MMI, and University of Luxembourg

(ii) Secondments at UT3, SSSA, and Tellu

(iii) Secondments at AGCM, GPDP, and VUB

Learning Through Playing: LeADS Discussion Games

LeADS is developing discussion board games to make its research on the data economy accessible to the general public. These games focus on controversial issues that have been developed throughout the research process and aim and educate people. The game to raise awareness will be tested for the first time in January 2024 during a conference in Brussels.