The Brussels Privacy Symposium: Agenda

Brussels Privacy Symposium

AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge

6 November, 2017 • Vrije University Brussel

Rome and Lisbon Conference Room

Institute of European Studies, Pleinlaan 5, 1050, Brussel, Belgium

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9:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:15

Welcome & Introductions

  • Christopher Kuner, Co-Director, Brussels Privacy Hub
  • Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, TU Darmstadt, and Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine

10:15– 11:00

Keynote Session

  • Mireille Hildebrandt, Research Professor Interfacing Law and Technology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Nozha Boujemaa, Research Director, Inria, and Director of DATAIA Institute

11:00– 12:00

Frameworks for Algorithmic Accountability

  • Rosamunde van Brakel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Moderator)
  • Martin Abrams, Information Accountability Foundation: Ethics and Enhanced Data Stewardship
  • Micah Altman, MIT and Alexandra Wood, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University: Reduction Framework for Algorithmic Accountability over Personal Information
  • Norberto Andrade, Facebook, Inc.: Operationalizing Data Ethics within Corporate Frameworks

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00– 13:30

Afternoon Keynote Session

Julie Brill, ‎Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft

13:30– 14:30

The Limits of Privacy Norms

  • Paul De Hert, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Moderator)
  • Elizabeth Edenberg, Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Ellen Kaufman, Georgetown University: AI and the Ethics of Automating Consent
  • Aurelie Pols, Mind Your Privacy and co-chair to IEEE’s P7002 on Personal Data Privacy
  • Robert H. Sloan, University of Illinois at Chicago and Richard Warner Chicago-Kent College of Law: When Is an Algorithm Transparent?: Predictive Analytics, Privacy, and Public Policy

14:30 – 14:45

Coffee Break

14:45 – 15:45

Defining Fairness and Harms

  • Anna Buchta, European Data Protection Supervisor (Moderator)
  • Reuben Binns, University of Oxford: Fairer Decisions with Machine Learning: Lessons from Political Philosophy
  • Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, IViR Institute for Information Law (Amsterdam): When are Algorithmic Decisions Fair, and How Should they be Regulated? 
  • Lilian Edwards, University of Strathclyde and Michael Veale, University College London: Enslaving the Algorithm: From a ‘right to an explanation’ to a ‘right to better decisions’?
  • Douwe Korff, University of Oxford, The Dangers Inherent in Data Mining and Profiling

15:45 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00– 17:00

Test Cases: Real World Application

  • Corinna Schulze, Director, EU government relations, SAP (Moderator)
  • Dipayan Ghosh, Harvard University: Proactively Protecting Against the Singularity: Toward a Model for Ethical Decision-Making in AI Applications in Social Media
  • Stelios C. A. Thomopoulos, NCSR “Demokritos”: Risk Based Security and Automated Decision Making in Airport Checkpoints: Bias Detection towards Smarter Security and Fairness
  • Riccardo Masucci, Intel Corporation: Automated Driving as the Testbed for Privacy in
    the Artificial Intelligence World
  • Bernd Stahl, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University: Proactive Engagement with Ethics and Privacy of AI and Big Data

17:00 – 17:30

Closing Remarks

  • Omer Tene, International Association of Privacy Professionals

17:30 – 18:00

Closing Reception

The Brussels Privacy Symposium would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

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The Brussels Privacy Symposium is supported by a grant from the

National Science Foundation

and additional support from

Crossing, a collaborative project with the German Research Foundation