Collaborative symposium: legal, ethical & social issues in the EU data economy

Data is an essential resource for the EU data economy, generating economic growth, competitiveness, innovation, job creation and societal progress.

At the same time, however, the uptake of new and disruptive technologies across the European economy raises various legal, ethical and social issues and questions.

• Do the privacy concepts of the GDPR fit with big data?
• Can anonymisation techniques be applied while keeping an acceptable level of predictability and utility for big data analytics?
• Is the current legal framework in relation to data ownership satisfactory?
• Can social differences in access to technology and education or skills lead to data-driven discrimination?

Join us in Brussels on 10 October for our Collaborative Symposium, during which we shall first guide you through the relevant frameworks and examine the predominant legal, ethical and social issues arising across sectors in the EU data economy. These issues have been brought to the forefront by the EU-funded research & innovation project LeMO, which aims to identify how the potential benefits associated with big data can be used to improve the European transport industry.

We shall then invite you to participate in our interactive roundtable discussions to debate these issues, as well as to validate or reformulate proposed solutions, with the aim of improving the existing frameworks related to data in the EU.

Download our latest publication and delve into the topics that will be on the agenda of the Symposium.

For further information, contact the LeMO team.


13:00 - 13:30

Welcome & registration

13:30 - 14:00

Opening session

  • Keynote speech
    • Alberto Gago Fernandez, Policy Officer, Data Policy and Innovation - DG CNECT, European Commission

  • Introduction of LeMO & NOESIS projects
    • Prof. Roland Pichler, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre
    • Dr. Rajendra Akerkar, Western Norway Research Institute

14:00 - 14:45

Plenary session

Presentation of 16 legal, ethical and social issues related to the EU data economy 

 14:45 - 15:15 Coffee break 
15:15 - 16:45

Roundtable session

Attendees will be assigned to different roundtables to debate and share experience and ideas on data-related topics. 

The discussions will be moderated and initiated by introducing questions and presenting findings to the group.

 16:45 - 17:00  Coffee break
17:00 - 17:30  Closing session

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