Public lecture by Prof. Mariachiara Tallacchini, June 6th

4TU.Ethics welcomes the public at a lecture by Mariachiara Tallacchini (UCSC – Piacenza) on Algorithms and Rights: From Privacy to Fairness on 6 June, 2018 in the Zwarte Doos, TU/e. The public lecture is part of the Centre’s Annual Research Day held in Eindhoven. Register to attend the lecture here.

Algorithms and Rights: From Privacy to Fairness

The presentation aims to show how the legal and ethical debate – as far as ethics has become an indispensable complementary normative tool within legal frameworks – on the digital world in the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) has significantly opened up to include new dimensions other than privacy, particularly in connection with machine learning algorithms and Big Data. If the right to privacy still remains the main interpretive construct to normatively forge the digital space, increasingly issues of discrimination, equal opportunity, fairness and, more broadly, models of justice, are entering the picture. While offering some examples of the inadequacy of privacy to cover new normative concerns related to Big Data and machine learning, the presentation also argues that attempts to grant algorithmic fairness represent just the first step in addressing the wider question about what models of digital justice we are willing to apply.

Bibliography Guest Lecturer

Mariachiara Tallacchini is professor of Philosophy of Law at the Faculty of Economics and Law, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Piacenza, Italy) and of Science, Law, and Democracy at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA, Trieste – Italy). She earned a degree in Law and a PhD in Legal Philosophy (University of Padua), and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the STS programme at the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University). She has been a consultant of the Italian Parliament and of the Italian Commission of Bioethics, and collaborated with the WHO Regional Office of Rome on Environment and Health. Between 2007 and 2009 she has chaired the European Advisory Group on Science in Society for FP7. From 2013 to 2015 she worked as Senior Scientists at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC, Ispra) on ICT, ethics and regulatory processes. Her interests concern the legal regulation of science and technology and the relationships between science and democracy, especially in the domain of the life sciences and their interfaces with ICT.

Among her publications:

From privacy to algorithms’ fairness, (con C. Sabelli), 2018; Medical Technologies and EU Law: The Evolution of Regulatory Approaches and Governance, in M. Cremona (ed.), New Technologies and EU Law, 2017; From Biobanks to Genetic Digital Networks: Why official pre-identified values may not work, in A.G. Pereira, S. Funtowicz (eds), Science, Philosophy and Sustainability. The End of the Cartesian Dream, 2015; Emerging ICT for Citizens’ Veillance: Theoretical and Practical Insights (with P. Boucher and S. Nascimento), 2014; Trattato di Biodiritto (edited with S. Rodotà), 2010.


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