FATE: Fairness, Accountability And Transparency In Data Processing


The Learning Community (LC) is based on courses from UPF, VUB, UW and CYU in computer science, law, and social sciences. The aim of this LC is to approach key issues related to the fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethics of digital technologies and their social dimensions.
The LC is employing (parts of) existing courses where the participating professors are involved, as follows:

  • At Universitat Pompeu Fabra, a course named FATE on personal data processing, data-driven decision support, and automated decision-making.
  • At Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a course on Privacy and Data Protection Law aimed at law students. It includes activities such as learning by sharing experiences on submitting and following up data access requests.
  • At University of Warwick, the course on Digital Sociology and Digital Objects and Methods at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies.
  • At CY Cergy Paris University, the course on "Transparency and Fairness in Big Data and AI Algorithms" on the Research Master of Research in Computer Science and the course "Data Protection and New Digital Tools" from MA Political Ideas in a Digital Age.

The LC in its first year will be focused on understanding the use of data access requests as an educational tool and the analysis of their use in the current legal and technical context during the first semester; combined with a more socio-technical approach during the second semester.

Learning Community Activities

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Past activities

How to get involved?

(Students and educators)
Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk) and Karen Triquet (karen.triquet@vub.be).

Learning Community Members

Click on names below to see picture and short biography
Lead: Carlos Castillo (UPF). Email: carlos.castillo@upf.edu 

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Partner: Gloria González Fuster  (VUB). Email: Gloria.Gonzalez.Fuster@vub.be

Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster is a Research Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)’s Faculty of Law and Criminology, and Co-Director of the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Group. She holds a BOF research position on the theme ‘Digitalisation & a Europe of rights and freedoms’ (since October 2021), teaches ‘Privacy and data protection law‘, and coordinates the course ‘Bruxelles: La ville et le droit’. Additionally, she lectures on data protection law at the LL.M. in European and Transnational Law of Intellectual Property and Information Technology of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
She is currently contributing to the projects Articulating Law, Technology, Ethics and Politics: Issues of Enforcement and Jurisdiction of EU Data Protection Law under and beyond the General Data Protection Regulation (ALTEP-DP) (SRP project), Autonomy through Cyberjustice Technologies (ACT), and ‘La implementación del RGPD en España: El impacto de las cláusulas abiertas en la nueva LOPD, en su normativa de desarrollo y en la legislación sectorial’ (PRODATIES) (RTI2018-095367-B-I00), as well as the Legality Attentive Data Scientists (LEADS) MSCA Innovative Training Network.
González Fuster is member of the Content Committee of the Privacy Camp. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Data Protection Law Scholars Network (DPSN), of RHEA (VUB’s research centre on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality) and the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (BCUS), and member of the Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH), in addition to being a member of the Advisory Board of the Privacy Salon and of the dpialab, as well as member of the Steering Committee of the Cyber & Data Security Lab (CDSL).
She is Associate Editor at the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL), Lexxion, and Member of the Board of Editors of the Information, Technology and Law Series, Asser Press, Springer.
She is also a member of the European Commission’s Multistakeholder Expert Group to support the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), designated as academic expert.
More information: https://glgonzalezfuster.blog/,
Twitter: @FusterGloria

Partner: Noortje Marres ​​​​​(UW). Email: N.Marres@warwick.ac.uk

Noortje Marres is Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) at the University of Warwick (UK). She studied Sociology and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Amsterdam and has published two monographs: Material participation (2012) and Digital Sociology (2017). She is the UK PI for the ESRC-funded international project Shaping AI: Controversy and Closure in Research, Policy and Media and a visiting professor in the Centre for Media of Cooperation at the University of Siegen. More info at http://noortjemarres.net/

Partner: Dimitris Kotzinos ​​​​​(CY). Email: dimitrios.kotzinos@cyu.fr

Dimitris Kotzinos is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the CY Cergy Paris University, member of the ETIS Lab and member of the MIDI team of the lab. His main research interests include data management algorithms, techniques and tools; development of methodologies, algorithms and tools for web-based information systems, portals and web services; and the understanding of the meaning (semantics) of interoperable data and services on the web. Recently he has started working on studying the formation and evolution of discussions in online social networks using Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. Additionally, he has started working in the area of accountability, explainability and fairness of the ML and AI algorithms, especially when applied in data engineering and analysis problems.