Startup Talks - Data protection: Obsession or human right?

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SAVE THE DATE for our next Startup Talk on a soon to become very relevant topic. With the new GDPR coming into effect in May 2018 we are asking ourselves: "Data protection: Obsession or human right – will new policies kill AI innovation in Europe?"

Regulation as a topic might seem boring at first, but we have burning questions that we are keen to find answers to:

• What does the new GDPR entail?

• Will regulation and new EU policies kill innovation?

• Can we still build AI products in Europe?

• Should we treat data protection as a human right when building new products?

• Should we centre products around technology or humans and society?

• Will the new restrictions make products better after all?

• Is this regulation at all realisable?

• Are those who draft regulations close enough to actual practice?

• Who does actually know what it really means - the regulators?

On the panel:

Julia Krueger is an independent expert working in close cooperation with the digital rights hub Her interest focuses on social and political challenges posed by digitization and automation. Former areas of specialization included: Varieties of coordination and regulation in internet and media policy, data and consumer protection, and the development of internet censorship - up to the use of artificial intelligence in content regulation.

Edward Percarpio is the Privacy Architect for Sovy, a fledgling startup that specializes in providing free/low-cost GDPR compliance solutions for small and medium-size businesses.

Mo Moubarak is the Co-founder at MoBerries. MoBerries’ guiding principle is to connect the world’s professionals through a transparent job market. The AI-driven hiring platform connects talent with companies through an interactive neural network. Today MoBerries' partner network consists of over 200+ partner companies exchanging talent on demand.

Srinivas Sridharan is the founder and CTO at Greenlake Research, a machine learning and AI R&D and consulting firm focused on the IoT, automotive and energy domains. He has held invited research positions at ENSTA ParisTech, École Polytechnique, CMU, UC San Diego, the Australian Defence Force Academy and the University of Sussex and his research across industry and academia spans machine learning, robotics, energy systems, applied math and the internet of things.

Join us for beer and snacks at the BCG Digital Ventures Office at Dircksenstr. 41, 10178 Berlin Mitte – registration required via our meetup channel.

7:00 pm doors open // 7:30 pm event start


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