Do You Want to Change the World?Lobbying Might Help You, And Technology Also.

Anna Claudia Pinheiro Gomes, Elisar Khattab, Kristyna Robova, Tzuhan Yu

Forget the suit and the money. Grab your online toolbox and become a citizen lobbyist!

What is the impact of your daily actions on society? Perhaps you always wanted to make a difference in the world, but never knew how to channel this desire.  On a TEDx, Alberto Alemanno, Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris, said that we usually think of only two ways to make progress in society. The first one is to vote. The second, to run for office. One seems to little, the other might be too much. But what if there was a third option?

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AI on the Driving Seat?

New ethical and legal questions when it comes to self-driving cars

Hui Ding, Guanwen Li, Ana Pop Stefanija, Mattia Trino,  Natalie Walow, Manlin Zhu

Does AI need an introduction?

Year 2018. With the latest advancement of artificial intelligence and its increased usage in vast areas of societal life, the chances you asked yourself at least once “Will robots take over our jobs?”, “Who will be responsible for the self-driving cars if something bad happens?” are big.

Today, one of the most quoted examples is the development of autonomous vehicles, which could bring positive changes to traffic management, security and urban development, but also rise complex legal issues and ethical dilemmas. When talking about it, the first question we should keep in mind is “who is accountable when a self-driving car causes an accident?”. Meanwhile, try to think about Asimov’s first law: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm”. Thus, how come that a robot built according to Asimov’s laws could cause an accident? Practice says, it already happens, unfortunately. Furthermore, in an algorithmically unforeseen situation, who would the car hit: the kid crossing the street, the old person at the sidewalk, or will it crash against a wall killing the person inside the car? It comes clear, at this point, that we are in front of many AI-related legal and ethical issues and there’s no easy solution.

Self-driving car

 What self-driving cars at an intersection would look like

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Machine Morality: Where Robotics Meets Ethical Behavior Standards

Deborah Kakolobango, Viktorija Ulickaite, Isabell Schwanke, Sergejs Mikaeljans, Itsaso Goikoetxea Mallea, Xu Huiqin

The breakthrough of digital technology and 4th Industrial Revolution have already affected almost all industries and economies in the world. Global interest in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies shows its potential to transform the way people live. Self-driving cars, intelligent home assistants, smartphones and precise medical predictions are only the first steps of AI use in industry, whereas its potential in many more industries are growing rapidly. In the past decade, tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Amazon not only invested large amount of money in artificial intelligence, but also opened research labs to deal with its future development and growing threats.


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AI: Fiction of the past, reality of the present, problem of the future?

Artificial Intelligence: Ethics and Regulations

Seda Yılmaz, Mehmet TURGUT, Müfit Yılmaz Gökmen, Begüm Yurttaş , Sibel Pekin, Renjani Puspo Sari

Artificial intelligence (AI) was a thing in many movies back in the 90s, but now it’s slowly taking over our lives. From credit card transactions, Google translate, GPS in our cars, spam filters, to Siri in iPhone, AI is pretty much everywhere. It’s also seen as a big leap and a very profitable sector, so it has been researched and questioned by public, private and academic entities. But this rapid increase comes with new challenges for all, especially in terms of its effects on society, the dynamics of human life and how to regulate these imminent changes.


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The Digital Battlefield of News Production

C. Barbou, C. Barrios, I. Bobicev, D. Gryllou, A. Jareno, F. Mamic

Digitization has revealed a whole new world in the media industry: traditional print media, such as world famous newspapers like the Guardian, NY Times, Le Monde or popular magazines like National Geographic, Cosmopolitan and many others, are moving towards digital. As a result, the information we are receiving from all around the globe is instant, live and real…or maybe not?

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How Do Digital Giants Deal with Competition?

Surviving Media Reinvention in the digital era

T. Gavasheli, C. A. Koshiikene, M. Musatova, I. Tabachenko, S. Roussou, A. Villegas

All types of communication like phone calls, texts or face-to-face interactions are gradually being replaced by chatting through social media, sending images or video-calling through applications like FaceTime or Skype. Most of the human interaction depends, nowadays, on platforms run by digital giants.

In this digital era, companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple are dominating the markets and leaving small space, if any, for competition.

Although these companies seem to be the most innovative ones during our time, we should still raise questions like:

What is truly putting and securing these media giants’ spots on the top of the industry? Their innovative spirit or is it their aggressive business model? Continue reading “How Do Digital Giants Deal with Competition?”

DIGITAL Technologies, DIGITAL laws&Digital Mentality?

How to innovate the European audiovisual and media sector?

Evgeniia Totmianina, Sarah Rungo, Leonardo Scarcella, Guillaume Adamo, Nina van der Giessen, Manuel Perez.

European policy developments and audiovisual markets are under siege: GDPR regulation, the Digital Single Market, and Brexit are at stake. Professors Pawels and Loisen suggests, that after too many partially failed attempts some results leading to a Digital Revolution in the Audiovisual Market are needed. Some insight can be won by looking at digital natives and their use of media and maybe more important, their relationship with media.


“Digital Single Market” emerged as part of the EU Horizon 2020 initiative (2014) and actions within this project offer new challenges and opportunities for broadcasters and service providers. Keeping up with new demands and possibilities in the broadcasting sector, such as “re-distribution and spreading of content among peer-to-peer networks or through any form of social networking as part of a shared media experience” (Ibrus & Rohn, 2016), means that new regulations are needed.

The 2016-2017 agenda, in which innovations to the broadcasting sector are proposed (ICT-19-2017 & ICT-20-2017), deal with copyright issues and content sharing opportunities. Interestingly, the focus on the issue of intended as well as unintended online piracy can mostly be related to how millennials use digital media.

Will the digital single market be the long-awaited answer towards a united European audiovisual market?

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Being a TV viewer in the Digital Era

Challenges and Opportunities for the Future of Broadcasting in the Digital Era

A. Afilipoaie, B. Anokye, D. Dodul, M. Esau, K. Gokhman, L. Zavala

A few decades ago, “watching television” was a daily habit that suddenly became a lost practice in the Digital Era due to the development of new technologies, the arrival of more and better devices and connectivity improvements that completely changed users’ experience, allowing them to watch whatever they want, at any time and in any place.

The internet damaging television

The internet offers new channels where users can participate in content production, creating a sense of ownership over the medium, a sense of empowerment that was absent in the era of television or broadcast media.

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Ready for our first speaker, Ross Biggam, Vice President Government Relation EMEA, Discovery Communications?

Technology has changed the way we interact with each other and our environment, and in turn, this has changed the way of storytelling in modern broadcasting. How do we analyse the threats and challenges for broadcasting today in this unpredictable digital era? Is it still possible for traditional broadcasters to develop and thrive again by grasping the emerging opportunities? Within this context, we have invited our first speaker Ross Biggam to bring us insights based on his expertise and open the floor for discussion.

Lecture Theme:  Threats and Opportunities for Broadcasting in the Digital Era.

 Our first Lecture will take place in Room Q.B from 17:00-19:00,  Next Tuesday, March 6th .

Ross Biggam, our first Guest Speaker, is currently Vice President Government Relation EMEA, Discovery Communications. After studying at Exeter and Saarbrücken, Ross worked as Legal Adviser to the House of Lords EU Select Committee before joining ITV, the leading commercial broadcaster in the UK, where he ended up as Head of European Affairs. In April 2000, he moved to Brussels to become Director General of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) before moving to Discovery in November 2015. Ross is also Visiting Professor in Creative Industries at the University of Glasgow.

The Brussels Talking Lecture Series welcome students and academics from different disciplines, practitioners and journalists, as well as interested and committed citizens! Our goal is to gather ideas, thoughts and insights on topical debates about economic, political, technical, legal and societal aspects of media and communication in Europe.

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Registration is for free but compulsory!