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AI Regulation in Europe and Globally

AI Regulation in Europe and Globally

Combined Session
Wednesday, June 05, 2024 15:30—16:30
Location: B 05

Charting the Course: Diverse Approaches to AI Regulation in a Fractured World

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In an era marked by rapid technological advancement and global upheaval, understanding the landscape of AI regulation is more critical than ever. This session aims to unravel the complexities of AI regulation, focusing on Europe's nuanced, risk-based approach while casting a wider net to examine global strategies in a multipolar world.

The session will dissect the multifaceted nature of AI regulation. We begin with Europe’s methodical framework, which assesses AI applications through a risk-based lens, aiming to foster innovation while safeguarding ethical standards. This approach, encapsulated by initiatives like the GDPR and the proposed AI Act, sets a precedent in balancing technological progress with individual rights and societal values.

Our exploration then expands to the global stage, where diverse regulatory philosophies reflect the multifaceted challenges and priorities of different nations and cultures. In a world facing myriad crises and conflicts - each with a substantial information component - these regulations are not just legal frameworks to guide AI system growth but also mirrors of broader geopolitical dynamics. The session will provide:

  • A Detailed Examination: Insight into Europe's risk-based regulatory strategy for AI, highlighting its principles, challenges, and influence on global norms.
  • Global Perspectives: An analysis of how various countries approach AI governance, reflecting the broader geopolitical landscape and its implications for international relations and tech leadership.
  • Industry and Societal Impact: Consideration of how these AI regulatory frameworks shape industry innovation, ethical AI development, and the balance between technological growth and societal well-being.
  • Strategic Foresight: Engaging discussions on the future trajectory of AI regulation, considering the impact of ongoing global crises and the shift towards a multipolar world order.

This session offers policymakers, industry stakeholders, and tech enthusiasts a comprehensive understanding of AI regulation's current state, fostering informed strategies to navigate the intricacies of AI governance in a rapidly evolving world.

Wenjing Chu
Senior Director of Technology Strategy
Futurewei Technologies
Wenjing leads Futurewei's technology strategy and collaborates with various open source communities and organizations to advance digital trust in the age of Artificial Intelligence. He is an...
Dr. Scott David, LL.M.
Executive Director - Information Risk and Synthetic Intelligence Research Initiative
University of Washington - APL
Scott David, J.D., LL.M., is the Executive Director - Information Risk and Synthetic Intelligence Research Initiative (IRSIRI) at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory and was...
Dr. Valentin Knobloch
Founding Partner & Legal Counsel
Souschef Ventures
Valentin is a founding partner of Souschef Ventures, Europe's first venture capital fund aiming to foster technology adoption, digitalisation and innovation within the restaurant sector. He is...
Kaliya Young
Founding Partner
Identity Woman in Business
Kaliya Young, known as Identity Woman, is a world leading expert and active community builder in user-centric and decentralized identity. Kaliya co-founded the Internet Identity Workshop in 2005,...
GDPR/AI Act-Compliance and the Future of Work – Utopia and Predictable Frictions?

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on the rise! Ongoing digitalization is not only changing our everyday life, but also the entire workplace. If one takes the public discussion seriously, jobs in the future could possibly have (almost) solely virtual components. This might be considered desirable. Particularly with respect to the possibilities to efficiently organize the workforce. On the other hand, however, using AI correlates with several legal requirements. Particularly data protection is major issue. In this respect, it is yet questionable whether AI may be legally processing employee data according to present laws.


  • From Touring to the Future – what are we (legally) speaking about?
  • The utopia of being legally compliant as well as frictions between AI and current data protection principles insofar as we are speaking of personal data (contrary e.g. – draft of the AI ACT, etc.)
  • Solutions and conclusion
Daniel Wasser, LL.M.
Attorney at Law / PhD Researcher
Rödl & Partner
Daniel Wasser, LL.M. is an Attorney at Law advising national as well as international corporations in every aspect of Employment Laws as well as (Employee) Data Protection Laws in Rödl &...
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