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The Seminar Series - A New Rule of Law: Social Intelligence, Open Rights

A New Rule of Law: Social Intelligence, Open Rights explores the legal and ethical challenges of regulating the contemporary societies that emerged when Big Data encountered Web 3.0. The Seminar Series is being co-hosted by RMIT University's Centre for Applied Social Research and Graduate School of Business and Law.

29th May, 2015
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Pompeu Casanovas (Institute of Law and Technology, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) - Big Data, the Internet of Things, the Semantic Web: A challenge for better regulations and rights

Timos Sellis (School of Computer Science and Technology, RMIT University) - On Big Data Analysis and Application

Guido Governatori (National ICT Australia) - On the formal representation of norms

Margaret Jackson (Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University) - Electronic Information and the Law

Philip Chung (Australasian Legal Information Institute, University of New South Wales) - Free Access to Legal Information and the Rule of Law


Please reserve your place by Tuesday May 26, 2015.

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Seminar Abstract

Traditionally, the Rule of Law entailed that tyranny and totalitarian forms of government be excluded from ruling a social body. In the legal tradition, this expression referred to the set of practices, norms, rules and principles that allow the functioning of the market and civil society while securing justice. Today, democracy on the web is emerging as an issue as important as last century’s theory of law and state.
With the growth of the Internet of Things and Smart Cities, our world will soon be managed and possibly ruled almost automatically. How can we regulate a world that is no longer simply local or global, but informational, framed on automatically generated data that mechanically produces more data in iterative cycles? What sort of order will emerge? And with social intelligence –the common cognitive base for humans and computers– fostering agency in Multi-Agent Systems (MAS), how will we define what is and is not human? How will law, governance and regulations work in this new hybrid world?
All of this has fostered new ways of looking at the patterns and rules of digital content to counterbalance the uncontrolled management of Big Data. The metaphor of Open Rights points at the global ethical dimension of transparency, understandability and shareable values that could be added to norms and regulations that operate on the web through data and metadata. But which protocols and standards are desirable? And which will generate counter-factual effects?
A New Rule of Law: Social Intelligence, Open Rights will examine these sorts of questions. What is needed is not only a new political theory to pour old wine into new wineskins, but a perspective able to cope with a deep cultural change.  With the Hölderlin dictum in mind: salvation can also grow where the danger comes from.

Participants will receive a letter of attendance at the event.