Symposium – AI & Digital Regulation: Impact on Human Rights and Freedom of Expression




Martin's Brussels EU

Bd Charlemagne 80, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

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DATE: March 19, 2024

TIME: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (CET)

In recent years, the European Union has adopted a set of ground-breaking laws that will change how the digital sector operates. If 2022 brought us the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, 2024 will be the year of the Artificial Intelligence Act. These laws, along with others like the General Data Protection Regulation, represent a multi-pronged approach addressing online and AI safety, market power, and privacy.

A symposium, organized by The Future of Free Speech and the Center for Democracy and Technology, Europe Office, will bring together leading voices from civil society, EU institutions, and the private sector. The participants will discuss the implications of the new wave of EU digital regulation for human rights and freedom of expression. It will take place in Brussels on March 19, 2024.

The symposium will include the following panels:

The AI Act: Implications for Human Rights

  • Brando Benifei, Member of the European Parliament
  • Connor Dunlop, European Public Policy Lead at the Ada Lovelace Institute
  • Richard Wingfield, Director, Technology Sectors, at BSR
  • Moderator: Laura Lazaro Cabrera, Counsel and Director of the Equity and Data Programme at the Center for Democracy and Technology, Europe Office

What Does the DSA Mean for Freedom of Expression?

  • Prabhat Agarwal, Head of Unit at DG Connect, European Commission [TBC]
  • Asha Allen, Advocacy Director for Europe, Online Expression & Civic Space at the Center for Democracy and Technology, Europe Office
  • Mathilde Adjutor, Senior Policy Manager at CCIA Europe
  • Moderator: Joan Barata, Senior Legal Fellow at The Future of Free Speech

Governing Big Tech: The Role of the DSA and Other Digital Laws

  • Rita Wezenbeek, Director at DG Connect, European Commission [TBC]
  • Jan Penfrat, Senior Policy Advisor at EDRi
  • Teodora Groza, Ph.D. student at Sciences Po Law School & Editor-in-Chief at Stanford Computational Antitrust
  • Laura Seritti, Head of Public Policy at Snap Inc. [TBC]
  • Moderator: Jordi Calvet-Bademunt, Research Fellow at The Future of Free Speech

Save the date and join us for this crucial and multidisciplinary discussion.

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