Robotics, AI and the Future of Law

In November the new book „Robotics, AI and the Future of Law“ edited by Marcelo Corrales, Mark Fenwick and Nikolaus Forgó was published as part of the book series: Perspectives in Law, Business and Innovation. The book includes contributions on current trends in the field of technology from the perspective of various traditional sub-disciplines of legal studies.

Two of the book chapters have been provided by IRI staff members.  Ioannis Revolidis joined by Alan Dahi wrote a chapter on the extra-contractual liability of robots with the title “The Peculiar Case of the Mushroom Picking Robot: Extra-contractual Liability in Robotics”. Stefanie Hänold provided a chapter on profiling and automated decision-making focusing on the impact of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with the title “Profiling and Automated Decision-Making: Legal Implications and Shortcomings”.

The book is available at Springer Link.

CITYCoP: Chapter on Privacy by Design published

In April 2018, the „Citizen Interaction Technologies Yield Community Policing“ (CITYCoP – project, funded by the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme ended with a final conference in Florence. At the conference, the results of the research and the developed prototype of an app for citizens and law enforcement communication was presented to a bigger audience. Now, the results of this three years project have been published in a book titled:

Changing Communities, Changing Policing (Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici; Joseph Cannataci (Eds.), ISBN: 978-3-7083-1215-6, published by the Neuen Wissenschaftlichen Verlag (NWV) Wien, 2018)

This book focuses on four interrelated dimensions of community policing: law enforcement authorities, citizens, technology and fundamental rights. The team from the Institute of Legal Informatics (IRI): Prof. Dr Nikolaus Forgó, Iheanyi Samuel Nwankwo and Kai Wendt wrote a chapter, together with Prof. Dr Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici and Dr Saleh Al-Sharieh:  „Securing the Person and Protecting the Data: The Requirement and Implementation of Privacy by Design in Law Enforcement ICT Systems“ (pages 171-191). The chapter discusses the privacy by design requirements relevant to community policing technologies and law enforcement systems, and presents an approach to auditing such systems.

The book is available in the library of the Institute of Legal Informatics.

The CARISMAND Final Conference

The CARISMAND project’s final conference took place on the 18th and 19th of September 2018 in Florence, Italy. The conference was attended by several disaster managers and practitioners across Europe and showcased a prototype of the CARISMAND toolkit. The toolkit will include a cultural map and a set of recommendations targeted at the policy makers, disaster manager and citizens. The final version of the toolkit will be published online in the coming months and will include a downloadable version that could be adaptable by users to suit their specific environments and needs. It was also announce at the conference that the SMURD Foundation will take over and sustain the project after the official end in September 2018.

Chapter on Privacy Protection in Exchanging Electronic Evidence published

Last week the book „Handling and Exchanging Electronic Evidence Across Europe“ (Biasiotti, M.A., Mifsud Bonnici, J.P., Cannataci, J., Turchi, F. (Eds.)) was published by Springer. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó, Dipl.-Jur. Christian Hawellek, Dipl.-Jur. Friederike Knoke (IRI), and Dipl.-Jur. Jonathan Stoklas (IRI) wrote the book’s chapter on „Privacy Protection in Exchanging Electronic Evidence in Europe“ (pages 255-288). This chapter focuses on privacy and data protection aspects, examining the current legal framework and it’s implications on this topics. Please find the abstract of the chapter below:

„This chapter provides an overview of the legal framework addressing the exchange of electronic evidence and the implications related to privacy and data protection. While in Chap. 11 of this Volume, the current legal situation in general is reviewed, this chapter focuses specifically on privacy and data protection. Whereas many sources of law are subject to examination in both chapters — to a certain extent, this is in the nature of things, as they both deal with legal aspects — this review looks at the sources from a particular point of view. This chapter therefore follows a particular train of thoughts: after introducing the background and relevance of the protection of privacy in the collection and exchange of electronic evidence, and presenting the methodology used, the current European legal framework is examined about existing and applicable rules on data protection regarding electronic evidence, concluding with a final summary and recommendations for a future implementation of data protection standards.“

The book is available as an eBook (PDF + EPUB) and as a hardcover book (ISBN 978-3-319-74872-6). The chapters can also be bought singly.