The value and protection of personal data in the EU strategy for data

Lun, 12/19/2022 - 17:00 / 18:30

Aula Magna, Via Parenzo

Speaker: Kobbi Nissim , Georgetown University


Speaker: Prof. Kobbi Nissim (Georgetown University)

Introduction: Prof. Aldo Sandulli (Luiss Guido Carli)

Chair: Prof. Antonio Punzi (Luiss Guido Carli)

Discussants: Prof. Filiberto E. Brozzetti (Luiss Guido Carli), Prof. Giuseppe D’Acquisto (Luiss Guido Carli), Ms. Karolina Mojzesowicz (remotely, Deputy Head of Data Protection Unit of EU Commission DG Justice)

Scheduled interventions: Prof. Giuseppe Italiano (Luiss Guido Carli), Prof. Fabiana Di Porto (Università del Salento), Prof. Maurizio Naldi (Università LUMSA), Prof.ssa Maria Vittoria Catanzariti (Luiss)


The production of European legislation for the regulation of technological and above all digital innovation often shows a concerning divergence with respect to the reasons of mathematics underlying computer engineering. Modern technology regulation, in other terms, is in most of the cases technology unaware, and this generates inconsistencies, legal loopholes and undermines the effectiveness of enforcement. The research proposal is therefore to identify a practicable line of convergence between the legal language and the formal language of the mathematical and computational sciences, with the claim that the former one - more flexible by its own nature - finds a way to adapt to the rigorism of the latter. A possible solution could be to identify a codecision procedure that also involves computational scientists, together with jurists, in the decision-making process of the law-maker for the digital dimension.

About the Speaker

Kobbi Nissim studied at the Weizmann Institute of Science, under the supervision of Prof. Moni Naor and now is a Full Professor and the McDevitt Chair of Computer Science at Georgetown University, where is also an Affiliate Professor at Georgetown Law. Prior to joining Georgetown, he taught at the Department of Computer Science of Ben-Gurion University. From 2012 to 2017 he was visiting Professor the Center for Research in Computation and Society (CRCS), Harvard University. Prof. Nissim’s research work is devoted to establish rigorous practices for privacy in computation: identifying problems that result from the collection, sharing, and processing of information, formalizing these problems and studying them towards creating solid practices and technological solutions. Prof. Nissim is particularly interested in intersection points between privacy and various disciplines within and outside computer science including cryptography, machine learning, game theory, complexity theory, algorithmics, statistics, databases, and more recently privacy law and policy. Among many other prizes and acknowledgements, in 2017, he was awarded the Gödel Prize for inventing “differential privacy”.