BCLT Events

Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Developments in China, the EU and the US: Cross-border Alignment and Compliance

March 1, 2019
9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center
San Francisco, CA

Cross-border compliance poses major challenges: China is developing a robust commercial privacy and cybersecurity framework. In Europe, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in 2018, with global impact. In the US, the Federal Trade Commission has assumed the role of privacy and cybersecurity regulator, but without general rule-making authority, and the US Congress this year will debate a comprehensive privacy law. Meanwhile, innovative companies want to offer their goods and services globally. They seek to ensure cross-border data flows. They also need consistency and certainty about requirements. This conference will address the question of interoperability: what strategies can global companies adopt in complying with the laws of China, the US and Europe (and, of course, the rest of the world) and how should the laws of those countries develop to better protect consumers while also fostering innovation and competition?

Topics will include the definition of reasonable cybersecurity standards under the laws of China, the EU and the US; corporate data governance strategies in the face of overlapping requirements; and enforcement.

The 11th Annual Privacy Lecture: “Privacy Must Fall”
The World According to Surveillance Capitalism
by Professor Shoshana Zuboff

March 14, 2019
International House
UC Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Professor Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (forthcoming 2018), joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1981. One of the first tenured women at the school, she was the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration. Her career has been devoted to the study of the rise of the digital, its individual, organizational, and social consequences, and its relationship to the history and future of capitalism.

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The 8th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

March 22, 2019
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

Bridging academia and practice, this full-day conference brings together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, regulators, privacy advocates, and academics. Faculty from the UC Berkeley School of Law will share their latest research and analysis, and leading privacy experts from law firms, companies, and government agencies will offer fresh insight and practical advice on meeting urgent privacy challenges.

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The 23rd Annual BCLT & BTLJ Symposium
Governing Machines: Defining and Enforcing Policy Values in AI Systems

April 4-5, 2019
International House
UC Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Algorithms that analyze data, predict outcomes, suggest solutions, and make decisions are increasingly embedded into everyday life. How do we use machines well? When are they good enough at what they do that we can rely on them? How do we judge whether they are insufficient? How do traditional legal obligations of privacy, non-discrimination, due process, and reasonable care apply to their design and application? When should humans be in the loop? This symposium will convene scholars and practitioners from law, policy, ethics, computer science, medicine, and social science to consider how best to integrate machines into legal and social systems. It will consider what roles we will allow machines to play and how to govern them in support of public policy goals.

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Annual Conference on Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

May 20-21, 2019
Misson Bay Conference Center
San Francisco, CA

In partnership with the Media Law Resource Center, BCLT co-hosts this annual conference, exploring emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.

Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

May 30-31, 2019 
UC Berkeley School of Law

Organized jointly by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, PLSC assembles a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice.

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19th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

Details TBA

Co-organized by BCLT and Stanford Law School, the APLI presents a roster of judges, academics, litigators, patent prosecutors, and senior IP counsel from major corporations offering a results-oriented, in-depth look at the latest developments in patent law and practice.