Covid19, digital technologies and data
11 June 2020
h. 16.30 (CEST), UTC+2


In the sea of uncertainty that we are experiencing and that is affecting all sectors of our economy and lives, what emerges is how digital technologies and data can become important instruments to monitor the Covid19 epidemic. Data will be used to track down the movement of the COVID19 positive population and to structure measures for a safe return to socialization in a very problematic post pandemic normality.

Taking into consideration the models used or under discussion in different States, it is particularly interesting to see how issues already addressed at the European level in the GDPR will be subject to revision by virtue of the need to protect public health. Furthermore, who will be in charge of managing the system and the data in this situation is another very important and problematic aspect that is sharpening the debate on the role of public and private actors in data management.

It is likely that these measures will reverberate in the social sphere and in the functioning of the markets - and in less democratic countries also in other forms of political control over the population - and, in this sense, it is fundamental to find a way in order to guarantee a return to a different management of data after the emergency is over.

The seminar aims at discussing the growing importance of data in the current context and in a future perspective, analyzing in particular the issues of technology control, privacy, automated and algorithmic decision-making and regulatory implications.



Daniela PaolottiDANIELA PAOLOTTI, ISI Foundation
Dr. Daniela Paolotti (F)  has a background in Physics (Bsc, MSc, Ph.D.). She is a Senior Research Scientist at ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy. Her work has a strong interdisciplinary approach. For more than ten years, she has been working on applying tools from complex systems and networks science, applied mathematics, computer science, data science, behavioral sciences to study disease spreading from an epidemiological as well as social point of view. Since 2008, she has been developing and coordinating a Europe-wide network of Web-based platforms for participatory surveillance of Influenza-like Illness. More recently, at ISI she has co-founded a research area devoted to themes related to Data Science and Social Impact.  
Maria Luisa is Senior Legal Officer at the free speech organisation ARTICLE 19. Based in the London office, she contributes to the development of the organisation’s policies on infrastructure, competition, and regulatory framework for telecoms, internet providers and online service providers. She also provides legal support to the organisation’s regional offices on digital rights and media policy issues.

Vincenzo Zeno-ZencovichVINCENZO ZENO-ZENCOVICH, Università Roma Tre
Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich is full professor of Comparative Law at the University of Roma Tre where he teaches Comparative Legal Systems and EU Transport Law. He has received degrees in Political Sciences and in Law from the University of Rome La Sapienza and has studied in the USA (Harvard Law School) and in England (Cambridge University).He has been visiting professor in the University of Oxford and at University College London and in other US (Nova Southeastern) and European (Poitiers, Luxembourg, EHESS) universities. From 2012 to 2015 he has been Rector of the Rome University for International Studies (UNINT). He is, since 2013, Chairman of the Italian Association of Comparative Law (AIDC). A significant part of his publications (which consist in over forty volumes as author or editor, and over 250 articles in law reviews and books) is devoted to the legal aspects of ICT, including two extensive commentaries on Italian privacy laws, a handbook on telecoms law and another on media law. A complete list of his publications, most of which in full-text, is available at the page


Working language: English

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