Activities & Events
Podcast: Karen Yeung on Hypernudging and Big Data
Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast #20, 6 March 2017, hosted by John Danaher. In this podcast Professor Yeung talks about her concept of ‘hypernudging’ and how it applies to the debate about algorithmic governance.
Screening of The Trial of Superdebthunterbot: A joint event by The Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, TELOS & Centre for Digital Culture
Thursday 8 December, 18:45-19:30
Room: S-2.18. Strand Building followed by a drinks reception in SW1.18, SHEW
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Lecture: The Role of Standards in the ICT Sector & Issues Raised
Thursday 15 December, 16:30-19:30
Room: River Room. King's Building
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9 June 2015
Biotech Investment: Have the UK and Europe Come of Age?
At this half-day conference, we explored the opportunities and challenges of investing in biotech in the UK and Europe, focusing on the following topics:
- Regulatory strategy as a business driver
- What attracts or deters investment? Lessons from investors in Europe and the U.S
- How can the public sector encourage investment and biotech companies take advantage of it?
This event was open to individuals active in the pharma and biotech sector and the investment community.
Elements of Contextual Integrity as Guideposts for Privacy Research Masterclass with Professor Helen Nissenbaum
According to the theory of contextual integrity, disruptions in the flow of personal information (often stemming from deployment of computational systems and digital media) are experienced as privacy threats not merely when they expose personal information or threaten our control over it but when they result in inappropriate flows. Appropriateness of flow is modeled by the construct of context-specific informational norms, which prescribe informational flows according to the parties involved (subjects, senders, recipients), the types of information, and constraints on flow between parties. Empirical studies promise a more nuanced, less ambiguous account of attitudes and behaviors relevant to privacy when taking account of these additional dimensions of analysis. This event was sponsored and hosted by the Department of Digital Humanities
27 February 2015
Owning the 21st Century Gutenberg - 3D Printing and Intellectual Property with Dr. Phoebe Li
In the course of a seminar, the Centre for Technology, Ethics, Law in Society (TELOS) at King’s has recently drawn attention to a new technology, which is capable of changing our everyday life fundamentally and in various ways: Under the title “Owning the 21st Century's Gutenberg - 3D Printing and Intellectual Property”, Dr. Phoebe Li from the University of Sussex gave a talk about her rich experience and involvement in 3D printing, followed by a question and answer session. Dr. Li holds a Master of Law in Science and Technology from the National Tsing Hua University, a PhD from Edinburgh University, and is currently developing an interdisciplinary project with the Law and Engineering departments of Exeter University about the relationship between 3D printing and intellectual property law. The well-attended seminar, organized by TELOS under the guidance of Professor Kevin Madders, hereby recommenced the approach of the King’s network to turn the spotlight on cutting-edge research and topics, to foster exchange and discuss arising questions.
“3D printing is nothing less than the new industrial revolution”: Dr. Phoebe Li had no problems to enthuse her audience with this new technology and the relevance of her topic. The application areas of 3D printing the speaker thereafter introduced proved this evaluation at the outset most impressively. Not only cars, houses and guns have already been successfully produced by 3D printers,but also chocolate, meat and even hearts and livers have proceeded as subjects of 3D printing and the results are considered as striking. As a consequence, Dr. Li predicted major impacts to several industries, such as construction or the health system. Chances and risks need to be weighted in every single aspect of the new technology, but within the next decade 3D printing products are expected to enter the market in various areas. Consequently, Dr. Li considered a greater extent of commitment by the state as desirable. Currently, many projects are rather funded by private sources but this new technology was just too promising for the state to stay out of it. Big regulatory challenges are also to be expected for the law. Regarding intellectual property issues, Dr. Li emphasized that 3D printing was basically another new way of reproduction and could thereby be addressed by the existing legal bodies. When it comes to printing guns or liability questions for printed houses or organs, legislative institutions are in demand to balance the risks fairly and to relieve the contractual level by providing a functioning legislative scheme.
The seminar closed with a reception, which allowed the attendees to digest their thoughts and to discuss individual impressions furthermore. After this successful session, TELOS is already focussing on new events and will announce details shortly.
(Text written by Sonja Heitzer, photo by Muhammed Furkan Akıncı)
Visit to Inmarsat headquarters in the City of London (31 March 2011).
Inmarsat has for more than thirty years been the world leader in provision of maritime satellite telephony and data services vital for safety at sea and today also operates a broadband global area network for data and internet. Once an intergovernmental organization with a cooperative financing structure similar to Intelsat and Eutelsat at the time, it was privatized in 2000 and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2006. It is today an FTSE 100 company (LON:ISAT) with turnover exceeding $ 1 billion a year – yet with less than 500 employees.
At the kind invitation of Inmarsat’s director of policy and regulatory issues, Prof. Kevin Madders organized a visit for his masters students in ICT Law on the Regulation and Technology Specialist LLM at King’s College London and for students on the Masters in Space Studies programme at the Catholic University of Leuven, where Kevin teaches space policy and space law.
The visit was intended to introduce the students to one of the great telecommunications and space organizations of the world and to gain practical insights into how it operates.
The presenting team first outlined Inmarsat’s history, satellite fleet and services, underlining the constant increase in capabilities from the first to the present fourth generation. The fifth generation in a few years’ time will see a further increase in service capacity to speeds of up to 50 Megabits per second to user terminal antennas of 20 to 60 cm by 2014.
The group was then shown the services control room and the satellite operations control room. The first operations manager explained how service was matched with demand and how bursts were dealt with, moving from screen to screen where the services of the 12-satellite strong fleet are under constant monitoring. The second noted how the 10,000 satellite parameters that need to be monitored for safe and efficient operation were kept track of. Students saw how operations alerts popped up in red from the screen and an adjustment was made via a terrestrial link 700 km away to make an adjustment on the satellite within 20 seconds. Both managers fielded questions from response to sunspot activity to legal interception.
Finally, the market access regulatory manager passed around examples of radio and service licences required in different parts of the world to allow Inmarsat’s services to be used. He went through the process of getting all the necessary permits lined up but also gave insight into the role of personal contact and relations in some parts of the world. Turning to the EU, the discussion revealed that, despite legislation that sets the standard for the world, the implementation of that legislation is, in some parts of Europe, still behind the times.
This was a fascinating study visit for all. Many thanks to all at Inmarsat who helped in organizing the visit and making it such a success! Thanks too to Viktoria Zioga for providing her visit photographs.
For further information on the Technology and Regulation specialist LLM pathway at the School of Law, King’s College London and on the Centre for Technology Ethics Law and Society TELOS, contact Professor Karen.Yeung@kcl.ac.uk.
For further information on the Information and Communication Technology Law module within the pathway, contact Professor Kevin.Madders@kcl.ac.uk.
The student group from the ICT Law LLM module at King’s and from Prof. Madders’ space policy and law masters classes at K.U.Leuven. The combined group joined scientific and engineering with legal expertise and contained a broad international representation. This permitted a particularly fruitful discussion with the Inmarsat team.
Talk on "Future Internet Governance" with the Rt. Hon. Alun Michael MP JP (11 February 2011). The talk was the first TELOS forum event.
on with the (11 February 2011). The talk was the first TELOS forum event.
Alun Michael is a former Cabinet minister, was Deputy Home Secretary and First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales, and is a member of the Justice Select Committee. His serious involvement in internet governance issues began with his leading the UK delegation to the UN World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis in 2005. He is involved in electronic crime policy development and chairs the UK Internet Governance Forum. He has a background in philosophy as well, which also helped him take on in his speech one of the most difficult themes of the Information Society – the future governance of the internet.
The California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, created in 1998 under the auspices of the US Government, remains in charge of policy. However, the Internet Governance Forum, set up following the Information Society Summit, has examined reform and, following renewal of its mandate at the end of 2010 by the UN General Assembly, will continue to do so. ICANN itself saw its ties to the US Department of Commerce loosen in the latter half of 2010.
Alun Michael discusses the pros and cons of the ICANN system and alternatives to it in his speech, which begins with reflections on governance – philosophical in part, but also very much looking at the real world, including reflections in the wake of the financial crisis that began in 2008.
The welcome is given by Prof. Tim Macklem, Head of the School of Law, and Prof. Roger Brownsword, TELOS’ director at the time. Prof. Kevin Madders of TELOS and who teaches ICT Law in the Technology and Regulation LLM Pathway, introduces Alun Michael and moderates. The audience includes ICT Law students and other Technology and Regulation students, ICT law academics at sister colleges in the University of London, legal practitioners, members of ministries and government agencies, a representative of the UK top-level domain registry Nominet, a member of the serious crime division of the Metropolitan police dealing with child pornography and an IT security expert.
A reception followed the event, at which the discussion continued. A similar format is foreseen for future TELOS Forum events. Their aim is, in an atmosphere of academic inquiry, to bring leaders in the technology and regulation field together with interested professionals and citizens in order to advance reflection. ICT issues will be continue to be one theme, but will be joined by others such as nanotechnology and biotechnology.
The organizers would like to offer their sincere thanks to Alun Michael and his staff as well as Nominet, which helped with making the UK internet community aware of the event, and to the King's Audio-Visual Unit for the high quality of this recording.
Roger gave a paper entitled “Research and New Technologies—Rights Overstated, Responsibilities Understated” at the inaugural conference of the European Association of Health Law, Edinburgh (file attached). A revised version of this paper will be published as “Rights, Responsibility and Stewardship: Beyond Consent” in Heather Widdows and Caroline Mullen (eds), The Governance of Genetic Information: Who Decides?
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Karen and Roger spoke at a BioCentre symposium on Privacy, Surveillance and Human Rights that was held at the House of Lords.
Karen and Roger each gave papers at an international conference on the regulation of nanotechnology that was held in Rovigo and hosted by the University of Padua (file attached). The papers will be published in a special issue of Politeia.
Roger was a keynote speaker at the 2008 series of the Alfred Deakin Innovation Lectures, held in Melbourne, Australia
(link to Deakins lecture questions: the Limits on technology).
Roger worked with a visiting research student, Da Lin (Harvard), on a project for the National Screening Committee.
Roger gave a presentation to the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (the WRR) at The Hague.
Roger is giving a paper entitled “Nanoethics: Old Wine, New Bottles?” at a conference on nanotechnologies and the Consumer to be held at the EUI in Florence.
Roger is also giving a paper on the ethics and regulation of human enhancement at the “Tilting Perspectives on Regulating Technologies” conference to be held at the University of Tilburg. This conference marks the formal announcement of a new journal, Law, Innovation and Technology that will be co-edited by Roger and Professor Han Somsen.
In the new year, Roger will be giving a TILT lecture at the University of Tilburg on the topic of “Emerging Technologies and the Challenge of Regulatory Cosmopolitanism”.
Karen will be working on a project with Professor Mary Dixon-Woods (University of Leicester) on the use of technology to regulate patient safety.