ODECO - 15 PhD Projects

ODECO offers 15 PhD projects for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), each of them covering a specific part of the open data ecosystem supervised by leading European beneficiaries. Find more information here.

ODECO is a 4-year Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network initiative. The central aim of the ODECO consortium network is to train the next generation of creative and innovative early stage open data researchers, to unlock their creative and innovative potential to address current and future challenges in the creation of user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystem.


Deadline: 31 August 2021
Doctoral Researcher at Legal Tech Lab

The “Smart City Technologies’ Long-Term Human Rights Risks” project is looking for a full-time grant-funded doctoral researcher for a 36-month period (starting from September 2021 or as agreed). Our project is funded by the Kone Foundation. The researcher will receive a monthly grant from the Kone Foundation and will be hosted at the Legal Tech Lab, University of Helsinki, Finland.
The grantee will be affiliated with the Faculty of Law, the Legal Tech Lab, at the University of Helsinki. The appointees’ duties will be conducting independent doctoral research either by writing a monography or compilation of articles on the topic of “Ethical and legal challenges in data governance and algorithmic decision-making in Smart Cities.”

The appointee will be a group member in the Smart City Technologies’ Long-Term Human Rights Risks project (directed by Dr. Alina Wernick), which investigates the implications of applying Internet- of-Things, data science, artificial intelligence, including facial recognition technologies in an urban context. Such technologies are envisioned to bring a range of benefits to the cities: increased efficiency in traffic management, sustainability energy savings and provision of better-tailored services to citizens. While these solutions are actively piloted across the globe, it is unclear what their long-term implications on citizen’s fundamental rights, such as dignity, data protection and freedom from non- discrimination, as well as municipalities’ sovereignty and competition will be. More information about the legal tech lab can be found here.

Deadline: 15 August 2021
Postdoctoral Researcher

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher (1.0 fte, 1,5 years). We are looking for someone with a background in competition law and/or platform regulation who will be part of a legal research project studying how to protect the autonomy of individuals and businesses vis-à-vis digital giants in a data-driven society.

Find more information here.


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Call for Papers: International Conference “Criticism and circumvention of control and surveillance on the Internet”

The team of the ResisTIC project (“The Net Resisters: Criticizing and escaping digital coercion in Russia”, funded by the French National Agency for Research-ANR /, releases a call for papers for the international conference “Criticism and circumvention of control and surveillance on the Internet”. Selected contributions will address the resistance and adaptation strategies that Internet users deploy to counter new national and international web regulations, the social practices and techniques for circumventing digital constraints, and the reconfigurations of politics as they are challenged by contemporary information and communication technologies.

Deadline: 1 September 2021
Call for Papers: Regulating digital markets: enforcement and remedies

On 25 and 26 November 2021, the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) & the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) are organizing an online workshop entitled ‘ Regulating digital markets: enforcement and remedies’.

 Keynote speakers are Anne-Lise Sibony and Ryan Calo. The call for papers is available here.

We welcome abstracts and papers from various fields and disciplines (incl. law, economics, sociology, data science) that reflect on how to create effective enforcement and how to design effective remedies for digital markets.

Virtual Research Sprint: “Toward an African Narrative on Digital Sovereignty”

Are you eager to shape the discourse on the role of the internet for sustainable development and personal freedom in your country? Wonder what the future of our world would look like when we are digitised? Are you interested in harnessing artificial intelligence, big data and other fourth industrial revolution technologies to create fairer and better societies? Do you want to create the narrative and work toward concrete policy impact? If yes, become part of our 2021 virtual sprint on African Digital Sovereignty!  Application deadline: Sunday, 23 May 2021, 11:59 pm Central African Time.
The Virtual Research Sprint is part of the NoC research project “The Ethics of Digitalisation – From Principles to Practices”, which aims to develop viable answers to challenges at the intersection of ethics and digitalisation.
You can find more information about the project and the Research Sprint here.

Deadline: 30 July 2021
Cambridge - MA (United States)
PhD Position In Legal Theory & Legal Tech

Looking for a doctoral student with expertise in legal theory and legal technologies to investigate the use of blockchain and decentralized applications and their impact on the governance of public and private institutions. The researcher will be expected to explore the qualification of blockchain technology as a regulatory technology and its impact on the rule of law. The project is 5 year long, EU-funded, hosted at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (France) and the European University Institute (Italy), with Principal Investigator and advisors from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. For more information, open this PDF.

Dresden (Germany)
Call for Abstracts: Artificial Intelligence as a Concept in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Which concepts are particularly well suited for a better understanding of AI, especially with regard to its complex embeddedness in social and cultural realities? How can we work on a common language toward a shared understanding of AI? Which bodies of knowledge can be adopted as a source of inspiration and which concepts are better discarded altogether? The interdisciplinary conference organized by Schaufler Kolleg at TU Dresden will take place on 1-3 December 2021. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2021. For more information, visit this page.

Deadline: 3 December 2021

About the European Hub of the Global Network of Centers for Internet and Society (NoC)

The European members of the Global Network of Centers for Internet and Society (NoC) launched the European Hub in October 2017 with the aim to  support cooperation between internet researchers in Europe and to strengthen European internet research on an international level. The Hub serves as a regional chapter of the NoC, as foreseen in the NoC Roadmap 2017/18.

Independent and interdisciplinary research on the opportunities and challenges of digital technology and innovation stands at the core of the Hub’s work. Potential endeavors embrace the creation of a common European research agenda, regional workshops and conferences, as well as the development of guidelines and ethical standards for internet research.


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