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Understanding what Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is about 

Artificial intelligence (A.I.) generates the ability to gather, analyze, and combine vast quantities of data from different sources, thus increasing the information-gathering capabilities of actors that use this technology. The potential impact of A.I. on privacy is immense, which is why we want to raise awareness about this issue.

On Monday, 25 October, Prof. De Bruyne and Mr. Thomas Gils (Research Unit KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law ) will introduce A.I. in a simple and accessible way, and prove the social importance of A.I. systems. They will also present that A.I. applications carry certain risks and therefore require an appropriate legal framework. It is thus not surprising that national and European policymakers are increasingly examining whether and which adjustments to these legal frameworks are necessary. The European Commission has published a Proposal for an A.I. Regulation in April 2021. Although it will take a long time before this becomes binding, the Proposal already sets the guidelines for the future regulation of A.I.

In November we plan  an introduction to the basic notions and concepts of the GDPR in an A.I.-context and supplement them with some useful tips and tricks. This webinar will also address the Ethical Guidelines for Trustworthy A.I. The development, deployment, and use of A.I. systems should meet these requirements in order to be considered Trustworthy A.I., privacy and data governance being one of them.

Subsequently, we aim to bring a real use case as a means to stir a dynamic discussion on the privacy and ethical challenges A.I. present for our different organizations and for our role as DPO.

You can register here. We look forward to meeting you in great numbers on October 25th 


Guest speakers:

Jan De Bruyne obtained a Master’s degree in Political Sciences at Ghent University and a Master’s degree in Law at the same university. He successfully defended his PhD in September 2018 on a topic dealing with the liability of third-party certifiers. He was a postdoctoral researcher on robots and liability at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Ghent University. He currently works as a research expert on AI and (tort) law at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) and as a senior researcher at the Knowledge Centre for Data & Society. He is increasingly being involved in research and projects related the legal aspects of using AI and technology in sports. He is also a lecturer of Electronic Contracts Law within the Master of Intellectual Property and ICT Law at the KU Leuven and a member of Leuven.AI. 

Thomas Gils studied law and philosophy at the KU Leuven. During his studies he conducted research into how various legal frameworks would deal with patent infringement through consumer 3D-printing and how database protection would apply to blockchain technology.  Thomas joined CiTiP in October 2019 as a researcher on the ethical and legal aspects of AI within the Flemish Knowledge Centre for Data & Society. Before, Thomas was an associate at an international law firm where he was a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology-team. He was admitted to the Dutch-speaking bar of Brussels in 2017 (qualified in 2020). He practiced in the area of intellectual property, privacy and data protection (GDPR compliance projects), IT-contracting and commercial law. 


Monday, 25 October 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

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