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VPR-A Seminar Privacy
As part of the University of Leiden’s Post Academic Legal Education programme, I will give a lecture. It is about the case-law of the EU Court of Justice. I will be bringing some really interesting statistics about the Court!
Organised by the KU Leuven Digital Society Institute, I joined the “Guardians of Ethical AI” panel; part of the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection conference in Brussels. It was a succes, thanks to +50 audience members despite the early morning!
VAI-A Spring meeting
We hosted our third meeting of the Association of AI Advocates (VAI-A) in Amsterdam. It was very cool!
I was a guest at the PrivacyPod again. This time to talk about AI, the GDPR and, of course, ChatGPT.
At the Beeld&Geluid venue in The Hague, I participated in the kick-off meeting for the Rathenau Institute’s new work programme, theme “Digitisation”. An extraordinary afternoon!
At the invitation of the Utrecht Data School, I attended the Privacy Speech. Hybrid Human gave an inspiring speech Harry Parker: “How do you learn to live as a human-machine?”.
For the legal department of the Dutch Water Authority of Delfland, I gave a lecture on the impact of the AI Act. For water boards, this will be an important law!
AVG voor data scientists
For the third time, I gave a talk to data scientists studying at UU on the AVG and ethical choices. This as part of the Data Science Ethics colloquium.
I was on the virtual soapbox for the Dutch Tax Authority (Domain Analytics) to brief them on the AI Act.
Creations I am proud of
Since the foundation of Legal Beetle, Joost has created things he is proud of.
He usually does this with others.
Report for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Human rights in the robot age
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), consists of 324 democratically elected representatives of the people from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. They asked the Rathenau Institute to research the socio-legal questions following technologies such as self-driving cars, care robots and virtual reality.
Joost was allowed to co-author this research, and he looks back on it with pride. Although the report dates from 2016, it is still used as reference material.
2023 | Technology Assessment in a Globalized World
2022 | Ethical aspects of AI robots for agri-food
2021 | Emerging Consensus on ‘Ethical AI’
2020 | AI, Big Data and Fundamental Rights
2019 | Responsibility and AI
Vereniging voor AI-Advocaten
Together with lawyer Anton Ekker (Ekker Legal), Joost founded the Association of AI Lawyers in early 2022. In short: the VAI-A. The VAI-A consists of lawyers who want to delve into the legal aspects of AI. For example, as a result of the AI Act.
Twice a year, we organise well-attended meetings with interesting speakers. Meanwhile, the VAI-A has a third board member, Shima Abbady (Bird & Bird), and we have big ambitions for our association.
Together with Jan Willem Hoogstraten, Joost started a company called Digibeetle in May 2023. Digibeetle offers legal professionals an online portal where they can find everything for their practice. Such as case law, regulatory rulings and legislation. Digibeetle’s focus is on digital legislation such as the GDPR, as well as the Data Governance Act and the Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act).
Follow Digibeetle’s launch on LinkedIn.
Did you know that before building the Digibeetle website, Joost read more than 1,000 documents on privacy law? In doing so, he lives up to the Dutch saying “Joost knows”!
Publications and presentations
Joost regularly publishes on legal-ethical issues that arise
when deploying new technology such as facial recognition or deep fakes.
On LinkedIn you can find all +25 publications. Below you’ll find a selection.
PS: Do you like the paintings? They were made by my father!
Rathenau Institute (2022)
Society and synthetic cells – A position paper by the Future Panel on Synthetic Life
Utrecht University (2021)
Tactful non-contact research – Guide for GDPR-compliant researchers
European Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS) of the Secretariat of the European Parliament (2021)
Tackling deepfakes in European policy
Rathenau Institute (2020)
Valued at work – Limits to digital monitoring at the workplace using data, algorithms and AI