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Centre for Technology, Ethics & Law in Society

Activities, events and public policy engagements

optical fiber  TELOS members take part in a wide range of activities, from teaching, to helping to shape public policy, to engaging the academic community and wider public through speaking engagements.

Teaching at King's

TELOS members currently contribute to teaching on the Master of Laws (LLM) and Medical Ethics & Law (MA) postgraduate courses at King's College London. Further details about the modules are available from our online prospectus using the links above.

Externally-facing activities

The below table provides some detail of the external activities of TELOS members over the last two years.


Public policy: Presenting evidence to the House of Lords, 17 October 2017

Professor Karen Yeung giving evidence to the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence


Book: 3THICS: a reinvention of ethics in the digital age, October 2017

'The withering of freedom under law? Blockchain, transactional security and the promise of automated law enforcement' chapter contribution by Professor Karen Yeung


Research: Algorithmic Regulation discussion paper, September 2017

A joint paper by King's College, Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) and LSE

Public Policy - event: Workshop on Algorithmic Regulation, 3-4 July 2017

Karen Yeung is an invited guest to  this joint workshop hosted with LSE’s Centre for Risk & Regulation

Event - conference: TELOS 10th Anniversary and Launch of The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation & Technology, 30 June 2017

Featuring keynote speaker and Distinguished International Guest Professor Helen Nissenbaum, New York University, USA 

Podcast: Karen Yeung on Editing the embryo: removing harmful gene mutations, The Guardian Science Weekly podcast, 10 August 2017

Public policy - report: Machine learning: the power and promise of computers that learn by example, April 2017

The Royal Society launched its report on the potential of machine learning over the next 5-10 years. The Working Group responsible for its production included Professor Roger Brownsword.

Podcast: Karen Yeung on Hypernudging and Big Data, 6 March 2017

Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast #20, 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.

Public policy - video: Algorithmic Regulation: A Critical Interrogation, 1 February 2017


Professor Karen Yeung delivered this paper at the Raymond and Beverly Sackler US-UK Scientific Forum the Future of Machine Learning in Washington DC (31 January – 1 February 2017). This was a UK Royal Society collaborative event with the US National Academy of Sciences.

Further details on the Forum 

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Event - film screening: The Trial of Superdebthunterbot, 8 December 2016

This was a joint event by The Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, TELOS and the Centre for Digital Culture at King's.

Further details of the screening

Event - lecture: The Role of Standards in the ICT Sector & Issues Raised, 15 December 2016

The Lecture introduced the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and its work through discussion of the challenges it faces in standardisation within a highly competitive industry, including reconciling the goal of interoperability through ’open’ standards with intellectual property and other industrial interests.

Public policy - appointment: Professor Karen Yeung appointed member of the World Economic Forum, Global Futures Council on Biotechnology.  

This Council seeks to explore how developments in biotechnology may impact industry (especially agriculture and health), governments and society in the future, and to design innovative governance models that ensure that their benefits are maximised and the associated risks kept under control. 

Public policy - appointment: Professor Karen Yeung appointed as Chair of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, Working Party on Genome Editing and Human Reproduction.   

This group currently exploring ethical issues concerning the implications of genome editing and human reproduction. It is due to report in late 2017. 

Public policy - appointment: Professor Karen Yeung appointed member of the Royal Society and British Academy, Working Group on Data Governance

This project brings together lawyers, philosophers, historians, social scientists and computer scientists to better understand the key social and ethical aspects of data governance and how they are related. It will set out how to have a clear and connected debate across all aspects of data use, and will aim to identify how a governance framework for data can engender authority and trust. It is due to report in mid-2017.

Public policy - report: Genome Editing: an ethical review, 30 September 2016

The Nuffield Council published its report on genome editing and human reproduction. The Working Party responsible for its publication was Chaired by Professor Karen Yeung. 

Media: BBC Radio 4 - Today Programme and BBC Radio 5 Live - Up All Night, 30 September 2016

Professor Karen Yeung discusses the ethical questions around a new gene editing technology which need to be considered now - even though its use may be a long way off, experts say.  

Interview starts at 01:21  

Public policy - event: Professor Karen Yeung speaks at the 13th Annual International Conference on Innovation in Science and Technology and Economic Regulation, 22-23 September 2016

Professor Yeung attended as UK representative at The Center for Law and Public Utilities, School of Law, Seoul National University, South Korea. She spoke on the topic of ‘Innovation and Regulation in the UK’

Public policy - event: Professor Karen Yeung attended the Royal Society and British Academy Workshop, 26 July 2016

Professor Karen Yeung presented her paper ‘The Governance of Personal Data in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing’ at this workshop in London, entitled Connecting debates on the governance of data. A report of the proceedings is available, Professor Yeung’s paper is p39-47.

Public policy - appointment: Professor Roger Brownsword appointed member of the Royal Society Working Group on Machine Learning (report launch in April 2017).

Public policy - event: Professor Karen Yeung addressed the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Regulators’ Community of Practice, 8 April 2016 

Professor Yeung spoke on ‘Regulation by design: thoughts on engineering out non-compliance’ at the Treasury Theatre, Melbourne, Australia.

Public policy – event: Professor Karen Yeung attended Roundtable of Experts event, 14 January 2016

Hosted by the Government Office for Science and British Academy, this event in London focused on the Future of Government Decision-Making: Current Challenges from Machine Intelligence.


Public policy – appointment: Professor Karen Yeung appointed member of Nuffield Council of Bioethics, Working Group on Genome Editing  

The Working Group examined the ethical issues around new genome editing techniques which are regarded by scientists as particularly promising due to their relative efficiency, low cost and ease of use, prompting their rapid and broad uptake. These techniques can be applied to all genomes (microbes, plants, insects, animals and humans) and thus offer a potentially unlimited range of applications (Report launch in September 2016).  

Public policy – event: Professor Karen Yeung attended The Danish Board of Technology Foundation, ‘Towards responsible research and in Europe’ (The Res-AGorA project), Belgium, 8-9 June 2015 

This was a European Commission funded workshop focusing on evaluating and developing the governance framework for responsible research and innovation (RRI) constructed under the Res-AGorA project.

Public policy – appointment: Professor Karen Yeung appointed member of the e-POOLICE Ethics Advisory Board

This major European Commission FP7 project, aimed to develop an efficient and effective environmental scanning system as part of the early warning system for the detection of emerging organised crime threats throughout the EU.

Event - conference: Biotech Investment: Have the UK and Europe Come of Age?, 9 June 2015

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 US 
  • How can the public sector encourage investment and biotech companies take advantage of it? 

This event was open to individual’s active in the pharma and biotech sector and the investment community.

Event - lecture: Elements of Contextual Integrity as Guideposts for Privacy Research Masterclass with Professor Helen Nissenbaum, 1 June 2015 

In her talk, Professor Nissenbaum argued that privacy is not a right to control, nor a right to secrecy; rather, it is a right to appropriate the flow of personal information. This event was sponsored and hosted by the Department of Digital Humanities. 

Event - TELOS seminar: Owning the 21st Century Gutenberg - 3D Printing and Intellectual Property with Dr Phoebe Li, 27 February 2015 

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. Read seminar report [insert link to news item – using text below]


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