Lubomira Rochet, Introduction to Panel 2: Accountability and Ethics

Presented at the Legal Challenges of the Data Economy conference, March 22, 2019.


LUBOMIRA ROCHET: Hello, everyone. Hello, Omri. Hello, Adrien. So, good morning. My name is Lubomira Rochet. I'm the chief digital officer for the group Loreal, driving the digital transformation for the last five years. And it is my distinct pleasure to be spending the next, I guess, hour and a half with you guys. And I'm thrilled to welcome our three-- well, at least two, but one more is coming-- our three distinguished speakers for this morning to talk about ethics and accountability in the data economics.

So on stage with me today I have Omri Ben Shahar, who is coming to us from the University of Chicago. He is the Leo and Eileen Herzel Professor of Law, and the current director of the Coase-Sandor institute for Law and Economics. And he seems to be living in this fascinating and yet sometimes uncomfortable intersection between law and economics. And today he will be developing a fascinating point of view on how we can regulate data pollution with tools society has long used to control industrial pollution. And since there's an app for everything, I would like to offer you maybe to build with me and app on data pollution, because I think that could be great.

So, Dominique. Hello, Dominique. Dominique Cardon is a professor of sociology at Science Po and the director of the Médialab. And after having focused a lot on social expressivity in media, he's working for the maybe past 10 years on something people did not even know the word, algorithms and the impact of algorithms on our life, and how to make them accountable with two, at least, major contributions, one I read, on the, A Quoi Revent Les Algorithmes, so to what are dreaming the algorithms. And the Politique des Algorithmes, the politics of algorithms. And today, he will be presenting a more sociological perspective on this highly complex topic of algorithm accountability.

And Adrien Basdevant is an attorney at law specialized in new technologies. And he wrote recently, one year ago, a book on L'Empire des Données, The Empire Of Data, on society, algorithm, and the rule of law. And after two years as a partner in a renowned criminal law firm, he started his own boutique to advise practitioners in society on the impact of data economy innovation and things like that. He represents today the Collége des Bernardins as a member of its Scientifique Comité of the Département de Humanisme Numérique.

So it is, therefore, a very rich and even polyphonic approach to maybe one of the most defining topics ahead of us, data ethics and accountability. So that the way we'll work, and I will let each and every one of them take the floor for 20 minutes to expose their point of view and maybe we will meet again after for the debate.

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