Summary and Video of the Awareness Conference

Legality Attentive AI: Awareness Conference on Explainability of AI

28th of January, 2022

Webinar organised by LeADS in collaboration with the Brussels Privacy Hub

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Summary of the Conference authored by ESR Robert Poe

For Privacy Day 2022, LeADS (Legality Attentive Data Scientists) and the Brussels Privacy Hub collaborated on the Awareness Conference on the Explainability of AI. Together, the group put on a panel of distinguished speakers: Paul Nemitz of the European Commission; Catelijne Muller, President of ALLAI, EESC, OECD for AI, and HLEG on AI; Dafna Feinholz of UNESO; Riccardo Masucci of Intel; and Fosca Giannotti of Scoula Normale Superiore and CNR.

 

From the start, meaningful debate arose. And, until the last word, each speaker expressed themselves seriously and eloquently.

 

Dafna Feinholz spoke both of the great benefits and risks of AI and of the recent UNESCO Recommendations on the Ethics of AI (Nov. 2021). The Recommendations are admirable, advocating from design to deployment, an ethical approach benefiting all actors involved in an AI projects lifecycle.

 

Paul Nemitz marked the recent change of direction by the EU, from a focus on ethics to an establishment of legislation. Paul stressed that, in his opinion, these Codes of Conduct (professional ethics) were created to defend companies against regulatory action. Further, he argued that we need binding rules to have fair competition in the EU, and that companies should not be allowed to wash their hands of responsibility for artificial intelligence systems when they have released them in the marketplace.

 

Catelijne Muller thoughtfully rejected the commonly held belief that regulation would stifle innovation, saying, “First of all, they don’t, they promote innovation because they level the playing field.” She added that regulations do not only give much needed legal certainty to corporate actors, but regulations also produce standards that will push companies to develop more sustainable and worthwhile AI systems. Catelijne continued by asking the audience to keep in mind the limited capabilities of AI systems today. She ended with a hopeful legal remark on explainability: where a human is already required by law to explain something, the AI is bound as well.

 

Riccardo Masucci celebrated the consensus the EU has built around the general ethical principles that should guide the development of AI but lamented that convergence on technical solutions has not yet happened. He added that future investments must be put into standardization.

 

Fosca Giannotti, coming from a technical background, enthusiastically welcomed the responsibility placed on developers of AI, arguing that it brings forth new scientific challenges; and that, in the context of explainability, this responsibility is changing AI research: ensuring a focus on the synergistic collaboration between humans and AI systems. However, she expressed the need for appropriate validation processes for such systems, which is difficult because it requires the evaluation of human-machine interactions (social-technical interactions).

 

Afterwards, during the discussion phase, a debate sprang forth around a tweet shared in the chat, “…you have to choose between a black box AI surgeon that cannot explain how it works but has a 90% cure rate and a human surgeon with an 80% cure rate that can explain how they work.” Nemitz referred to such hypotheticals as “boogeymen” used to argue against fundamental rights. Meanwhile Muller firmly confronted a commenter who asked whether a human surgeon could even explain themselves, saying that she would certainly hope so, and that these types of hypotheticals are nonsensical.

 

Over 70 attendees came to celebrate Privacy Day with an afternoon packed full of thought-provoking interaction. Thank you to everyone involved at LeADS and the Brussels Privacy Hub for hosting such an event.

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Legality Attentive AI: Awareness Conference on Explainability of AI

28th of January, 2022

Time 16:00 – 17:30 CET

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For further info on the event and registration click here Legality Attentive AI Conference | Brussels Privacy Hub

Legality Attentive AI: Awareness Conference on Explainability of AI

Webinar organised by LeADS in collaboration with the Brussels Privacy Hub

28th of January, 2022

Time 16:00 – 17:30 CET

Teams Platform

For further info on the event and registration click here Legality Attentive AI Conference | Brussels Privacy Hub

To celebrate Data Protection Day, the Legality Attentive Data Scientists H2020 project with the Brussels Privacy Hub will explore one of the biggest open challenges of data protection law: Explainability and accountability of AI. The event, with high-level stakeholders and experts, will address the twists and thorns of developing legality attentive AI as a standard for our societies.

AI raises concerns for many fields of its actual and possible application for its risks of extending control on individuals and further unbalancing powers among individuals and\or with institutions and businesses. Keeping AIs in line with the law and with the EU fundamental values and ethical principles is more than a need, it is the footprint of the European approach and benchmarking of research and production of AI-based solutions.

Explainability is often offered as an answer to many concerns related to AI development and deployment. Nevertheless, explainability is not always possible yet, and explainability itself can be problematic for personal data protection.

The webinar will be moderated by Giovanni Comandé, Professor of Private Comparative Law at Scuola Superiore S. Anna Pisa. Gianclaudio Malgieri, CoDirector of the Brussels Privacy Hub will give introductory remarks.

Confirmed speakers are;

  • Paul Nemitz – Principal Advisor in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission,
  • Catelijne Muller – President of ALLAI, Member High Level Expert Group on AI and OECD Network of Experts on AI
  • Fosca Giannotti – Director of research of computer science at the Information Science and Technology Institute “A. Faedo” of the National Research Council, Pisa, Italy
  • Riccardo Masucci – Global Director of Privacy Policy – INTEL
  • Dafna Feinholz – Bioethics and Ethics of Science Section, UNESCO

 

 

SoBigData ++ and LeADS joint Awareness Panel

Recent Perspectives on Dynamic Consent in Research: a Combined Legal and Technical Approach

18th of January 2022, 1:00 – 2.30 PM CEST

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Speakers: Roberta Biasotto; Tommaso Crepax; Cristian Lepore; Deborah Mascalzoni Giulia Schneider

Dynamic Consent (DC) uses information technology to enable continuous communication and interactive consent. It allows research participants to change their choices and preferences on participation and receive updated information on the research that is being conducted with their data and samples.

In this awareness panel, we therefore reflect on Dynamic Consent:

  1. From an ethical and legal point of view, particularly on how DC may:
    • Enable an appropriate balance between the protection of participants’ fundamental rights, including their right to data protection under the GDPR, and the promotion of data sharing and research, with particular regards to the case of secondary uses. In this respect the definition of different data protection regimes will be advanced in accordance to the nature of research that are targeted with secondary uses and to the nature of the subjects involved.
    • Empower the research participants with more control over their data within the new European Health Data Space.
    • Be enhanced to address the inequalities entailed by the digital divide.
  2. From the research participant’s point of view, particularly on how DC may help build a transparent trust relationship between participants and researchers.
  3. From a technological point of view, particularly on how DC technically works and the related technical opportunities and challenges

Schedule

13.00 – 13.15 Greetings
Prof. Giovanni Comandé, Lider Lab, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

13.15 – 14.15 Roundtable

Dynamic Consent in practice: the Chris Study, Dr . Deborah Mascalzoni, EURAC
Research Center

Participant’s Perspective and Dynamic Consent, Dr . Roberta Biasotto , EURAC Research Center

Dynamic Consent for Responsive Data Governance : a Legality Attentive Analysis, Dr. Tommaso
Crepax, Lider Lab, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna; Dr. Cristian Lepore, Irit , University Paul Sabatier
Toulouse III

The Possible Interplay Between a «Dynamic» Consent and other Legal Bases for Research in the
GDPR, Dr. Giulia Schneider, Catholic University of Milan

14.15 – 14.30 Final Discussion

Moderator
Prof. Giovanni Comandé, Lider Lab, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

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Contacts: Segreteria Lider Lab
email address: segrliderlab@santannapisa.it
ph. +39 050883533

 

 

WATCH AGAIN THE WEBINAR: SoBigData++ and LeADS joint Awareness Panel. Legal Materials as Big Data: (algo)Rithms to Support Legal Interpretation. A Dialogue with Data Scientists.

SoBigData++ and LeADS joint Awareness Panel. Legal Materials as Big Data: (algo)Rithms to Support Legal Interpretation. A Dialogue with Data Scientists.

6th of July 2021

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Rights of the Internet of Everything (Last-JD-RIoE) – First Annual Conference

Wednesday and Thursday, 21-22 July, Online

This event, which takes place in the framework of the LAST-JD-RIoE Project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN EJD grant agreement No 814177, gathers world authorities on different aspects of the Internet of Everything the promote scientific discussion, exchange research ideas and promote business opportunities.

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SoBigData++ and LeADS joint Awareness Panel

SoBigData++ and LeADS joint Awareness Panel.

Legal Materials as Big Data: (algo)Rithms to Support Legal Interpretation. A Dialogue with Data Scientists.

This panel is organized, in the framework of the Predictive Justice Project, coordinated by Giovanni Comandé, and aims to intensify the dialogue among scientists and jurists: Professors and Researchers of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies but also international speakers will discuss the topic of the legal material as ‘’big data’’ to be explored.

The event that will be held in english is an initiative of the research activities of the LeADS and SoBigData++ Projects promoted by the LIDER Lab of the Dirpolis Insititute and aims to explain how data scientists analyze the case-law materials and promote its potentialities also in terms of research methodologies in Legal Sciences.

6th of July 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 PM CEST

Piattaforma Webex

 Schedule

14.00 – 14.15 Greetings

Prof. Francesca Chiaromonte, EMbeDS Department, – Prof. Gaetana Morgante, Dirpolis Institute, SSSA

14.15 – 16.00 Roundtable

Legal reasoning and semantic annotation, Vern R. Walker – Professor Emeritus of Law, Hofstra University

From citizens, to judicial decisions, to government policy-makers, Prof. Sehl Mellouli, Laval University

Legal Knowledge Modelling and Predictive AI., Prof. Monica Palmirani, UNIBO

Beyond the keyword search in legal documents, Prof. Paolo Ferragina, UNIPI

Text mining techniques and case law, Prof. Maria Francesca Romano and Prof. Gaetana Morgante, SSSA

A big picture for a predictive justice platform, Dr. Daniele Licari, SSSA

High risk databases and the new regulation on AI, Dr. Denise Amram, SSSA

Moderator Prof. Giovanni Comandè, SSSA

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Data Compliance, Algorithm Governance and Normative Science.

Data Compliance, Algorithm Governance and Normative Science.
China – Italy Cooperative Research Dialogue

#savethedate Saturday 10.04.2021 11-14.30 CET

Co-organization: China Institute for Socio – Legal Studies (CISLS), AI Governance and Law Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Lider Lab, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA)

Click here for the Webinar https://zoom.com.cn/j/65478788807

ID: 65478788807
Code: 169063

Schedule

I Welcome and Introduction (17:00 – 17:20 pm CST / 10:00 – 10:20 am CET)

Moderator: Distinguished Professor of KoGuan School of Law of SJTUProfessor of Global Law of New York University Prof.SHEN Wei

Speakers:

  1. Rector of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies(SSSA) Prof. Sabina Nuti
  2. President of CISLS, Senior Professor of Liberal Arts of SJTU Prof. JI WeiDong
  3. Professor of SSSA, Founder of LIDER-LAB Prof. Giovanni Comandé

 II Round Table Discussion (17:20 – 20:15pm CST / 10:20 am-1:15pm CET)

 Topic 1: Rethinking Digital Copyright Law for a Culturally Diverse, Accessible,

Creative Europe

ModeratorProf. Giovanni Comandé

Presentation: Prof. Caterina Sganga (SSSA)

DiscussantsProf.ZHANG Chenguo (SJTU, Planning Committee of the Chinese Academy of Law and Society) 

Dr. TANG Lin (SJTU, PhD candidate of KoGuan Law School) 

 Topic 2: Legal Argumentation and Smart Court in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

Moderator: Prof.ZHEN Ge (SJTU, Director of the Planning Committee of the Chinese Academy of Law and Society)

Presentation: Prof.JI Weidong (President of CISLS, SJTU) 

Discussants: Prof. Giovanni Comandé,Prof. Caterina Sganga

 Topic 3: LEADs Legality Attentive Data Scientists H2020 Project

Moderator:  Prof.CHEN Keqian (SJTU) 

Presentation: Prof.Giovanni Comandé (SSSA)

DiscussantsProf.ZHEN Ge (SJTU, PlanningnCommittee of the Chinese Academy of Law and Society 

Dr.YI Junlin (SJTU, PhD candidate of KoGuan Law School) 

 Topic 4Predictive Justice

Moderator: Prof.Caterina Sganga (SSSA)

Presentation: Dr.Denise Amram (SSSA) Dr.Daniele Licari (SSSA), Prof.Giovanni Comandé (SSSA)

Discussants: Prof.LI Xueyao (SJTU, Law and Cognitive Science Research Center, Planning Committee of the Chinese Academy of Law and Society)

Prof.SHEN Wei (SJTU, Global Law of New York University) 

 Topic 5: AI Governance, Risk Control and Knowledge Graph

ModeratorProf.JI Weidong (SJTU)

PresentationLIU Zhiyi (SenseTime Intelligent Industry Research Institute, SJTU 

LIN Haozhou (SJTU)

DiscussantsDr. Denise Amram, Dr. Daniele Licari

 III. Concluding Remarks (20:15pm-20:30pm CST / 1:15pm-1:30pm CET)

SpeakerProf.CHEN Jinhua (SJTU,Chinese Academy of Law and Society)

 Prof, Francesca Chiaromonte (EMBEDS, SSSA)