Halfway through the EVIDENCE project: Status Quo Workshop held in Sofia

A little more than one and a half years after the EVIDENCE Kick-off meeting, preliminary findings of four project Work Packages have been presented and discussed at a Status Quo Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria on 20 and 21 October 2015.
As the leader of Work Package 8 ‘Data Protection Issues’, the Institute for Legal Informatics presented “Data Protection Issues in Gathering, Sharing and Exchanging of Electronic Evidence”, summarizing results of a Report on Data Protection Issues in Gathering and Using of Electronic Evidence that had been delivered in spring 2015, and of a workshop focusing on the transfer of electronic evidence that had taken place in July 2015.
Other sessions of the workshop were dedicated to Legal Issues, Standard Issues and Law Enforcement Issues. In addition to the consortium members, external experts contributed to the workshop by giving a speech or by participating in a panel. The presentations were each followed by lively open discussions in which external stakeholders present at the event shared their practical experiences and knowledge with the project consortium.
The workshop was concluded by a group discussions session focusing on further development and action towards a Road Map to a common European Framework on electronic evidence that is going to be the final outcome of the project.

About the EVIDENCE project

Thanks to technological advances in information gathering, law enforcement agencies are able nowadays to obtain evidence, when carrying out criminal investigations, in very effective ways that were impossible a few years ago. However, legislations on criminal procedures in many European countries were enacted before these technologies appeared, thus taking no account of them. A specific framework of standards, guidelines and recommendations is needed.
The EVIDENCE project offers a multidisciplinary approach for identification, definition, assessment and articulation of the whole set of actions that should be carried out in a coherent framework, including the following aspects:
• Comparative analysis of existing legal provisions which apply in these cases and their impact;
• Identification and specification of those legislative changes that should be promoted at both European and Member State level;
• Definition of open/widely available standards, assuring not only the international transfer of evidence but also the chain-of-custody requirements and the protection of the means of proof, keeping in mind the ethical and privacy aspects;
• Identification of operational and ethical implications for law enforcement agencies;                  • Identification of technical developments that should be carried out to sustain all these aspects.

Following this research agenda the EVIDENCE project aims at developing a Road Map (guidelines, recommendations, technical standards, etc.) for realising the missing Common European Framework for the systematic, aligned and uniform application of new technologies in the collection, use and exchange of evidence.

EULISP XX Graduation Ceremony

The conclusion of the 20th edition of the EULISP Master’s Programme in IT and IP Law will be celebrated this Friday, November 13th at 18.30 o clock at the Leibnizhaus.
After two semesters of intense studying, the students will celebrate together with their families, their tutors and the members of the Institute of Legal Informatics the fruition of their hard efforts.
For more information about EULISP, please visit http://www.eulisp.de/home-427.html or write an email at revolidis@iri.uni-hannover.de

EULISP Annual Seminar: Two Days of Contemporary Problems of IT and IP Law

The annual Seminar of the EULISP Master’s Programme in IT and IP Law is traditionally the highest point of the first semester of the Programme. Our Students are required to prepare a short paper on a highly relevant topic falling within the field of either Information Technology or Intellectual Property Law and after a peer review of all the short papers (conducted by the students themselves), each one of them shall present his own paper before the other participants in the Programme, the Tutors of the Programme and the academic community of the Law Faculty of the Leibniz University of Hannover.
This year’s seminar will take place on Thursday November 12th and Friday November 13th, both days from 08.00 until 16.15. Nineteen papers covering a wide spectrum of current problems in Data Protection Law, E-Commerce, E-Signatures, Biotechnology law, Alternative Licencing, Database Protection, Software Protection and Copyright Law will be presented.
This year’s seminar will be streamed online via the following link: www.iri.uni-hannover.de/live.html
The Institute for Legal Informatics would like to cordially invite anyone with a keen interest in IT and IP Law to watch the live streaming of the seminar.
For more information about EULISP, please visit http://www.eulisp.de/home-427.html or write an email at revolidis@iri.uni-hannover.de

Abida (Assessing Big Data)

Die Erzeugung, Verknüpfung und Auswertung von großen Datenmengen ist der Punkt an dem sich alle unsere Lebensbereiche mit der digitalisierten Welt überschneiden und uns dadurch an dieser teilhaben lassen. Insbesondere lässt sich dies Anhand der Vervielfachung von Datenquellen festhalten. Aus diesem Grund wächst die Bedeutung der Erforschung von Möglichkeiten und Gefahren für die Gesellschaft rasant an.

Der Kernpunkt des Projektes ABIDA – Assessing Big Data ist der Umgang mir großen Datenmengen (Big Data), ständige Observation und Beurteilung aktueller Entwicklungen und Trends im Zusammenhang mit Big-Data-Anwendungen, die Ermittlung der Bürgersichten sowie die Zusammenführung und Austausch des Wissensstandes der einzelnen Fachdisziplinen untereinander. Neben einem fortlaufenden Monitoring werden in mehreren Arbeitskreisen zu den Themenfeldern Ökonomie, Ethik, Soziologie sowie Politik- und Rechtswissenschaft interdisziplinäre Vertiefungsstudien erstellt. Für den Arbeitskreis der Rechtswissenschaften leistet auch das Institut für Rechtsinformatik an der Leibniz Universität Hannover unter der Co-Leitung von Prof. Forgó seinen Beitrag und beleuchtet sämtliche juristische Aspekte.

Auf diesem Fundament können unzählige relevanten Entwicklungen analysiert und bewertet werden, um detaillierte Handmöglichkeiten für Politik, Forschung und Wirtschaft zu erarbeiten und auf mögliche Handlungsperspektiven aufmerksam zu machen.

Zu diesem Zwecke wird am 15./16. Februar 2016 herzlich zur Tagung in die Räumlichkeiten der Münster School of Architecture (MSA) an der Universität Münster geladen. Diese wird unter dem Banner Big Data und Gesellschaft – Zwischen Kausalität und Korrelation verlaufen. Alle Informationen zum genauen Standort, Ablauf und Inhalt der Tagung erhalten kann dem Flyer und der Internetpräsenz des Projektes entnommen werden. Eine Anmeldung ist hier möglich.