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School of Law

Machine Learning: Technology, Law and Policy

14 November 2017

Time: 6:15 - 8:30pm
Venue: University of London Institute in Paris, 9 - 11 rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris, France

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London, is pleased to announce the fourth seminar of the series in Paris on Regulating Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things.

This seminar on Machine Learning will be presented by Christopher Millard, Solicitor and Professor of Privacy and Information Law at Queen Mary University of London, and Jatinder Singh, EPSRC Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science& Technology, University of Cambridge.

Rapid progress in the development of machine learning (ML) techniques is giving rise to complex issues relating to control, transparency, and responsibility. This seminar will cover recent work on these issues by the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre, a collaboration between the Cloud Legal Project at Queen Mary University of London and the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. The speakers will discuss the importance of understanding ML as an end to end process which may involve multiple actors and complex inputs in terms of software and data. The seminar will include an analysis of the impact of the EU's GDPR.

About the speakers

Christopher Millard is Professor of Privacy and Information Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, and is Senior Counsel to the law firm Bristows. He has over 35 years’ experience in technology law, both in academia and legal practice. Christopher has led the Cloud Legal Project since it was established at QMUL in 2009 and has been Joint Director of the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre since its launch in 2014.

His first book, Legal Protection of Computer Programs and Data (Sweet & Maxwell, 1985), was one of the earliest international comparative law works in the field and he has since published widely on legal and regulatory issues relating to information technology, communications, privacy, e-commerce, and Internet law. Since 2008 his main research focus has been cloud computing. He is co-author of Cloud Computing Law (Oxford University Press, 2013) and is a founding editor of the International Journal of Law and IT and of International Data Privacy Law.

Christopher is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Society for Computers & Law, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a past-President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations, and a past-Chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association. He was a member of the OECD’s Steering Group on Contractual Solutions for Transborder Data Flows (2000-01) and since 2002 he has been a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on Privacy and Personal Data Protection.

Before he joined Bristows in 2008, Christopher was head of the global privacy practice at Linklaters and prior to that he was a partner at Clifford Chance. He has twice been designated Internet and eCommerce Lawyer of the Year by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.

Jat Singh is an EPSRC Research Fellow at the Dept of Computer Science & Technology, University of Cambridge. His technical work concerns issues of security, privacy, transparency, trust and compliance in emerging technology. As a member of the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre, he works to explore issues where technology and law/regulation intersect. Jat is also active in the tech-policy space, as an associate fellow for the Centre for Science and Policy, and has served on the UK Government’s E-infrastructure Leadership Council. He completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University in Cambridge, has several years of commercial experience in the areas of health and legal systems, and has a background in law from the University of Western Australia.


How to book

This event is free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.

Registration closes 13 November.


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