Friday, March 24, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Emory University School of Law
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1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

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The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative 


A Workshop on

Vulnerability and Digital Intimacy

Workshop Schedule

The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta

Friday, March 24

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. EST* Introductory Remarks, Rachele Carli (PhD Candidate, Alma Mater Institute for Human-Centered AI, University of Bologna)


9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Vulnerability, Rights, and Risk in AI Regulation

  • Algorithmic Black Swans, Noam Kolt (SJD Candidate, University of Toronto)
  • Quantifying the Unquantifiable: Risks, Rights, and Human Vulnerability, Gianclaudio Malgieri (Associate Professor, Leiden University; Co-Director, Brussels Privacy Hub)
  • Alternative Regulatory Approaches for Human-AI interaction, Robin Pierce (Professor of AI, Health Policy, and the Law, University of Exeter Law School) 

10:45am – 12:15am Intimacy, Vulnerability, and Digital Expression

  • Meta-Vulnerability, Gianclaudio Malgieri (Associated Professor, Leiden University; Co-Director, Brussels Privacy Hub) and Carlotta Rigotti (Postdoctoral Researcher, Leiden University)
  • Queer Limits of Revenge Porn, Andrew Gilden (Associate Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law)
  • Vulnerability and Resilience in Social Media's Gilded Age, Malavika Parthasarathy (JSD Candidate, The University of Chicago Law School)

12:15pm – 12:45pm Lunch

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Challenging Autonomy and the Rational Consumer (Parikh, Tekman)

  • Learning on a Rock – The Dimensions of AI and Trust, Mitsu Parikh (LLM, Gujarat National Law University; Research Director in International Legal Research Consultancy, World of Legal Research) and Yashika Sachdeva (Research Associate, World of Legal Research; B.S.W LL.B Candidate, Gujarat National Law University)
  • Vulnerability Theory, Vulnerable Subject, and a Vulnerable Consumer, Nezihe Tekman (Faculty of Law, Near East University, Cyprus)

1:45 p.m. – 2:45pm Technology, Emotional Harm, and the State (Brobst, Weng)

  • Considerations of Human Trauma When AI Acts as a Perpetrator, Jennifer Brobst (Assistant Professor of Law, Cecil H. Humphreys School of Law, The University of Memphis)
  • “Pillars of Shame” in the Age of Big Data: Social and Moral Engineering in the Construction of the Chinese Social Credit System, Keren Wang (ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University)

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks, Jennifer Hickey (Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Law)

Presentations will address the following questions:
  1. Describe the area of technology you are addressing and tell us why it is of particular interest or particular concern. Why did you choose this area to address?
  2. In what sense does this technology area intersect with the concept of “intimacy?” How are you thinking about/understanding “intimacy” in this regard: space/place, informational intimacy, bodily aspects of intimacy, intimacy as privacy, intimacy as something uniquely human?
  3. How are you using “vulnerability theory” as it is understood in the VHC project at Emory (see attached)? If you are not using vulnerability theory, how are you using the concept of “vulnerability” and how does it relate to the issues you have identified?
  4. What do you think should be the response to the issues that you raise: Governmental regulations, market solutions, professional/ethical rules and regulations, or is it all to be left to the individual “consumer?"
  5. Do you consider technology/AI issues as primarily an: individual, market, professional, or societal problem?

The original call for papers is available here.

Workshop convened by Martha Albertson Fineman (Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory University), Jennifer Hickey, and Rachele Carli.

*All workshop timings are noted in EST, local time of Atlanta, Georgia.

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