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There has been increased concern about harmful content on social media, including disinformation and misinformation. It has been suggested that design techniques, especially those to support ‘frictionless communication’ contribute to this problem, yet restrictions on speech give rise to concerns surrounding freedom of expression. These linked issues give rise to a number of questions which is the purpose of the workshop to explore:

a) the impact of design choices on autonomy and consequently speech; 

b) the impact of design choices on autonomy and forming and holding an opinion

c) the extent to which controls on design techniques constitute an interference with users’ rights.


Dr Konstantinos Kalliris (Essex) (on nudging)

Dr. Konstantinos Kalliris joined Essex Law School as a Lecturer in Law in 2019. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at King’s College London and a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Frankfurt. He holds a DPhil in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford (2012) and a PhD in Criminal Law/Criminology from the University of Athens (2019). Konstantinos has taught Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, as a Visiting Lecturer/Tutor, at the University of Oxford and King’s College London. His research interests are in the areas of legal/political theory, criminology and the behavioural analysis of law. He has published articles and chapters on paternalism, the concept and value of autonomy, organized crime and corruption. He is a member of the Athens Bar Association and has served as a member and Chair of the Greek Political Asylum Tribunal. Konstantinos is currently working on a research project which explores the effects of cuts to legal aid in England and Wales. The project is funded by the British Academy. 

Susie Alegre (Doughty Street Chambers) (opinion) 


Professor Lorna Woods (Essex/ILPC) (Interference) 

Lorna Woods is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Essex. She started her career as a solicitor in the City of London, focussing on the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. She has wide experience in the field of media policy and communications regulation, including data protection, social media and the Internet, and her publication record reflects this breadth. Her current research project with Carnegie UK Trust is on reducing harm arising on social media and she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her work. She also has a long-standing interest in privacy and the law relating to surveillance. 
She is serving a second term as a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, is a senior associate research fellow at the ILPC, and a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. She is a member of a group of advisors who support the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in his role (a group established by virtue of paragraph 5.7 of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice)and has sat on the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) National User Group, advising the Surveillance Camera Commissioner and the police since 2015. She was also a member of the IMPRESS Code Committee (2015-2020).

Dr Nóra Ní Loideain 

Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre  
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

This event is free but advance booking is required. Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees closer to the event date.