The University of Haifa is hosting a new forum entitled The Algorithmic State: Cyber Challenges to Democracy and Human Rights, organized by The Cyber Forum, on December 10-11, 2015.
The purpose is of this conference is to map the growing challenges to civil liberties that emanate from recent developments in cyberspace, and to explore new strategies to address them. The conference will examine the challenges of pursing cyber security while ensuring civil rights. As recent developments reveal, the state may be part of the problem, as traditional checks on its powers are less relevant. Yet it is also part of the solution, since in the absence of state protection and the role of the state as arbiter, commerce, culture, freedom and access to basic social goods might be at greater risk. Focusing on the state as a central player and stakeholder, the conference will explore the emergence of new state agencies, novel forms of collaboration between government and industry, and alternative ways of understanding the operation of fundamental rights in cyberspace.
Professor Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School | Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Co-Founder, Director, and Faculty Chair, Berkman Center for Internet & Society