AI, Big Data & Metaverse

The amount, variety and speed of digital data is growing all the time thanks to new ways of collecting, storing and processing it. Today, “Big Data” is shaping or affecting our decisions, be it institutional or personal. Given the escalating computing power and complexity of the algorithms used for crunching data, “artificial intelligence” is already an inseparable part of modern-day economic and social life. On the one part, IT specialists and computer scientists are utilizing complex techniques such as machine learning and deep learning to develop “AI” systems which are being deployed in increasingly diverse fields as seen with Metaverse. On the other, lawmakers and policy makers are trying to correspond to these innovative technologies. How could they succeed in this cat and mouse game?

In this dossier, the Chair investigates the regulatory efforts and policies surrounding Big Data and Artificial Intelligence and Metaverse. In particular, the proactive approach of the European Union for being a “standard setter” in the context of digital technologies will be held under the microscope.

Additional contributions are available on the French version of this page.

3 March 2023

[ARTICLE] Artificial Intelligence, the Brazilian judiciary and some conundrums

By Eduardo Villa Coimbra Campos Despite being used in diverse technological fields, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has overwhelmed the judiciary. Courts […]
28 February 2023

[INTERVIEW] The legal and social challenges of Extended Reality worlds: 3 questions to Brittan Heller

By Tamian Derivry Extended reality (XR), which encompasses a variety of immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual […]
16 January 2023

[REPLAY] Stanford’s Symposium on “Existing Law and Extended Reality”

On the 5th of January 2023, Florence G’sell, head of the Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair at Sciences Po took part […]
7 November 2022

[INTERVIEW] The EU Artificial Intelligence Act: 4 questions to Joanna Bryson

By Tamian Derivry The Council of the EU appears to finalise its position on the Artificial Intelligence Act, as the Czech Presidency […]
6 July 2022

[INTERVIEW] Will the ‘metaverse’ be built on exploitation and abuse? 3 questions to Guillaume Guinard

Guillaume Guinard is a Sciences Po graduate and former research assistant at the Chair. He has just completed his master’s […]
22 June 2022

[REPLAY] A look back at the Conference “Technochauvinism: A discussion with Jennifer Cobbe”

On June 17th, the Chair Digital, Governance and Sovereignty had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Jennifer Cobbe, from the Department […]
12 June 2022

[STUDENT PAPER] The Metaverse: Challenges and Regulatory Issues

The Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair will now publish, on a regular basis, a selection of the finest essays and […]
20 May 2022

[POLICY BRIEF] Technochauvinism, by Jennifer COBBE

The term “technochauvinism” describes ways of thinking about digital technologies which involve beliefs that they are the solution to a […]
13 January 2022

[INTERVIEW] Fake AI – An interview with Frederike Kaltheuner

By Rachel Griffin The essay collection Fake AI was released in December 2021 by Meatspace Press. Like all their publications, […]
28 October 2021

[ARTICLE] Making sense of China’s paradoxical AI strategy

By Guillaume Guinard    While the latest Facebook scandal and a growing concern for digital sovereignty have made platform regulation […]
20 August 2021

[ARTICLE] Regulating Artificial Intelligence: Could the EU’s “AI Act” lead the way forward?

by Can Şimşek The proposed Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) of the European Commission will be the very first Regulation […]
15 December 2020

[REPLAY] Data Governance after Schrems 2 – Annual Conference 2020

The second panel of the Chair’s 2020 Annual Conference discussed the aftermath of the Schrems II ruling and envisioned what […]