Seminar discusses legal and technological challenges in the 21st century

FGV's Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio) and the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP), will host the seminar "Disruptive Technologies: challenges of law and technology in the 21st century".
Law
06 November 2017
Seminar discusses legal and technological challenges in the 21st century

Seeking ways to build adequate regulatory models to handle demands arising from the advancement of new technologies. This is one of the proposals of the seminar ‘Disruptive Technologies: challenges of law and technology in the 21st century’, which will take place on November 9-10, starting at 9 a.m., at FGV’s main office, in Rio de Janeiro (Praia de Botafogo, 190. Botafogo). The result of a partnership between the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) of the Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio) and the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP), the event will foster discussions among scholars from the fields of Law and Technology. 

The meeting, which will articulate the discussions on the current Brazilian scenario for the implementation of regulations for new technologies, will be attended by researchers, leaders, and agents of the Brazilian and foreign markets. The highlighted topics are issues that play important roles in the daily lives of those in Brazil. The agenda includes topics such as ‘Fake News and Communication on the Internet,’ ‘Civil Liability and Robotics,’ ‘Smart Cities,’ ‘Mobility,’ ‘Right to Privacy,’ ‘Digital Platforms,’ and “Access to Knowledge.’

The guests for the event, whose academic coordinator is FGV’s Direito Rio professor Joaquim Falcão, include experts Gonçalo Matias and Henrique Sousa Antunes, from UCP, in addition to Filipa Calvão, President of the National Data Protection Commission of Portugal. They will share experiences about how disruptive technologies are being discussed in Europe. The event will also be attended by Federal Prosecutor Eduardo El Hage, from Operation Car Wash task force in Rio de Janeiro; Miguel Reale Júnior, professor at the University of São Paulo (USP); and Daniel Mangabeira, Director of Public Policy at Uber. The seminar will also feature academic papers by researchers on the main topics.

For CTS Coordinator Pablo Cerdeira, new technologies are already causing profound impacts on Brazilian society and some areas require further studies.  According to the expert, one of the objectives of the seminar is to move forward with discussions on Law and Technology, in order to build appropriate regulatory models and promote changes in an efficient and harmonious way, while protecting fundamental rights such as privacy and freedom of speech.

According to Cerdeira, disruptive technologies are capable of changing established methods of organization and relationships between people. As an example, he cites the use of new shared savings tools such as Uber, which have significantly changed the panorama of the transportation system in cities, even influencing government decisions at both federal and municipal levels. Other issues discussed in the seminar, such as Fake News and Right to Privacy, are issues of great interest to the Brazilian society, explains Cerdeira.

“The impact of Fake News is visible. In the United States and Europe, fake news shared digitally has been drawing attention because people seek information digitally today. Thus, the dissemination speed for fake and inaccurate information has effects on a fundamental right of society, which is having access to information to make decisions. Another point that I would emphasize, and that will be discussed in the seminar, is the issue of data privacy. Many digital platforms have access to their users’ personal data. This information can be stored and used for various purposes. This raises legal issues that need to be addressed with greater attention,” said the expert.

Register on the website to participate in the event.

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