Over the years, the European Union has played a leading role in the shaping of standards and rules for the digital economy. At the same time, rules such as the GDPR and the P2B regulation, while being emulated in other parts of the world, are increasingly facing challenges due to the difficulty of securing effective enforcement, and the breath-taking pace of technological development. The European Commission is working on a series of new proposals, from the Digital Services Act to the data strategy and the forthcoming AI regulation, which bear the potential to fundamentally change the way the EU designs and implements policy in cyberspace. This talk will explore the making of a new "technology stack", and the transition towards "law as code" as two key elements of governance that will dominate the debate on cyberspace policy in the years to come.
Andrea Renda is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the CEPS Unit on Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy (GRID). He is Professor of Digital Policy at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute, in Florence (Italy). He is a non-resident Senior Fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics and was Adjunct Professor of Law and Economics at Duke Law School (United States) for the Academic Year 2016/2017. He is also Visiting Professor of Competition Policy and the Digital Economy at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science, a CITI Fellow at Columbia University’s Centre for Tele-Information and a member of the European Parliament’s STOA International Advisory Board. His current research interests include regulation and policy evaluation, regulatory governance, innovation and competition policies, sustainable development, innovation policy, and the ethical and policy challenges of emerging digital technologies, in particular Artificial Intelligence. A very prolific author and keynote speaker, Andrea provides regular advice to several institutions, including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the OECD, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and many more. He was the main author of key studies on better regulation for the European Commission, the OECD, the ILO and the World Bank. He sits on the Board of the journals Telecommunications Policy (Elsevier), and European Journal of Risk Regulation (Cambridge). He was a member of the EU High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and is currently a member of the advisory group on Economic and Societal Impacts of Research (ESIR), for the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation.