When: Friday, March 29, 2019, 10:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Policymakers around the world are grappling with how to manage the effects of current and future digital technologies on society, particularly in the areas of privacy, free expression, and other fundamental freedoms. The experience to date with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has generated questions on how greater transparency and notice to internet users can effectively protect privacy. Meanwhile, U.S. regulators and Congress are actively considering similar steps to strengthen data protection and penalize social media companies for transgressing consumers’ rights.
Hosted by the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, the sixth annual Justice Stephen Breyer Lecture on International Law will examine these issues at the intersection of comparative law, technology, ethics, and human rights. Jeroen van den Hoven, professor of ethics and technology at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, will give keynote remarks. He will then be joined for a panel discussion by Cameron Kerry, former general counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce and distinguished fellow at Brookings, and Bilyana Petkova, assistant professor of international and European law at Maastricht University and fellow-in-residence at the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Nicol Turner-Lee, fellow in the Brookings Center for Technology Innovation, will moderate the discussion. After the program, the speakers will take questions from the audience.