[E-Conference ]"Data-Sustainability” of Internet-based Industries: a mere utopia?"

On March 8, EDHEC Business School will inaugurate a new course on “Data Sustainability” in the MSc in Global & Sustainable Business.

At this occasion, the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute and the Brussels Privacy Hub will co-host a conference online to discuss the following questions:

  • Are data-driven industries sustainable when it comes to the efficiency and fair use of data or the respect of ethical standards?
  • Are there sustainable business models that can be an alternative to big techs?
  • How can the “data sustainability” of internet-based companies be evaluated

This conference aims to readapt the concept of “sustainability” in the field of data protection and in particular with the idea of using fewer, more accurate, pertinent and purpose-centred data to run the digital market. A sustainable data processing is a system that implements the principles of fairness, data minimisation, purpose limitation, accuracy, still being attractive and competitive in the digital market. This conference will explore these realities, looking at existing experiences in the online market (search engines, browsers, PIMS, data lockers) as virtuous examples of data sustainability.

The conference will be based on: introductory remarks from distinguished Professors, followed by a panel with several speakers from academia, industry, civil society and institutions (the EDPS), and some final remarks from Prof. Paul De Hert.


13:30 - 13:50 | Introductory Remarks

Prof. Christophe Roquilly, Director of the Augmented Law Institute,  EDHEC Business School

Prof. Bastiaan van Der Linden, Director of the MSc on Sustainable Businesses, EDHEC Business School

Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri, EDHEC Augmented Law Institute, Coordinator of the Course on Data Sustainability

13:50 - 15:00 | Roundtable discussion: “Data Sustainability”, the need for a new concept

Massimo Attoresi, European Data Protection Supervisor

Johnny Ryan, Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Alayna Kennedy, IBM; “All Tech is Human”

Luke Mulks, Brave Browser

Isabella de Michelis, ErnieApp

Moderator: Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri, EDHEC Augmented Law Institute

15:00 - 15:45 | Q&A 

Questions and Answers with the audience

(with the participation of MSc Students of the course on Data Sustainability, EDHEC Business School)

15:45 - 16:00 | Final remarks

Prof. Paul De Hert, Director of the Brussels Privacy Hub

Time: 13:00-16:00 (Brussels time) | Venue: Online


The event is free to attend but registration is required. Should you face any difficulties with the registration form, please send an e-mail to [email protected]