Law in the worlds of tomorrow. Science Fiction & Information Law Award

In cooperation with the Institute for Information Law (IViR)

22feb2019 17:00 - 18:30


Science fiction and information law have more in common than meets the eye. This inspired the Institute for Information Law (UvA) to organize the first ‘Science Fiction & Information Law Writing Competition’. During this event, the winning stories will be announced and reflected on by eminent information law scholars.

Both information law and science fiction are fascinated by new and emerging technologies such as social media, artificial intelligence and automated decision making to mention a few. Both feel a strong urge to write about them and authors in both ‘genres’ dedicate a considerable share of their time speculating how these technologies may evolve. Science fiction authors as well as information law scholars ponder what the implications will be for society, markets and the values that we cherish and seek to protect. More than twenty-five bold authors from all over the planet submitted a story for the 'Science Fiction & Information Law' Writing Competition. A stellar jury consisting of Ryan Calo, Paul Goldstein, Natali Helberger, Bernt Hugenholtz, Joost Poort, Mykola Makhortykh and Wolfgang Schulz has selected the winners. At this symposium, the nominated science fiction stories will be discussed by information law scholars, who reflect on the possible normative ramification, what the role of law is to promote or rather prevent such a future, or how law in such a future would look like.


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