On 18 December 2018:



will be presented to Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor in DG Justice at the EC, and discussed by a panel of policy makers and relevant industry speakers, to celebrate and mourn the increased relevance of Profiling the European Citizen. This event will connect the dots between Profiling the European Citizen (2008) and Being Profiled (2018) by asking the question:

Are we becoming what machines infer about us, or are we?


Venue: Institute of European Studies,

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 5, 1050, Brussels



The event is free to attend, but due to limited capacity, registration is required. Please follow this link to register.


12.00 – 12.30

Registration and Lunch

12.30 – 13.00

‘The Colon: What Descartes Did Not Get’ – Introduction by Mireille Hildebrandt, editor of ‘Profiling the European Citizen’ and ‘BEING PROFILED:COGITAS ERGO SUM’


Presentation of the first copy to Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor in DG JUSTICE at the European Commission

13.00 – 13.15

Designing ‘BEING PROFILED:COGITAS ERGO SUM’ – Bob van Dijk, designer of the book

13.15 – 13.45

Panel with assessments by Cornelia Kutterer (Microsoft), Michael Veale (UCL), Mieke De Ketelaere (SAS), Maxim Februari (philosopher, novelist)

13.45 – 14.00

Q&A with the audience

Now available at Amsterdam University Press in hardcopy (limited edition),

and as ebook in open access on this site here. 


12-13 June 2018

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of ‘Profiling the European Citizen’ (ed. Mireille Hildebrandt and Serge Gutwirth), which brought together lawyers, computer scientists and philosophers around emerging practices of data mining, knowledge discovery in data bases (KDD) and their application in a variety of domains.

The title of the book turns out to have been prophetic, touching upon a series of implications of what has now been coined as the micro targeting of individuals as consumers and citizens, based on machine learning and AB testing.

To celebrate – or even to mourn – the relevance of the volume, LSTS is organizing a seminar to reflect on current affairs and further implications. In two days we will engage with 24 provocations by an awe-inspiring line-up of lawyers, computer scientists, philosophers and social scientists. Focus is on 6 themes that will hopefully induce both deep thinking and a challenging cross-disciplinary conversation:

1. Theories of normativity between law and machine learning
Sylvie Delacroix, Patrick Allo, Seda Guerses, Emre Bayamlioglu
2. Transparency theory for data driven decision making
Karen Yeung, Anton Vedder, Jaap-Henk Hoepman, Gloria Gonzalez Fuster
3. Presumption of innocence in data driven government
Lucia Sommerer, Linnet Taylor, Tobias Blanke, Sabine Gless
4. Legal and political theory in data driven environments
Orla Lynskey, Ben Wagner, Arjen de Vries
5. Saving machine learning from p-hacking
Felix Stalder, Clare Gollnick, Mireille Hildebrandt
6. The legal and ML status of micro targeting
Bart Custers, Reuben Binns, Niels van Dijk

Organised by: Emre Bayamlioglu, Irina Baraliuc, Liisa Janssens, Mireille Hildebrandt

COHUBICOL is funded from 2019-2024 by the European Research Council (ERC)

under the HORIZON2020 Excellence of Science program 

ERC-2017-ADG No 788734

Law Science Technology & Society studies (LSTS), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Institute of Computing & Information Sciences (iCIS), Radboud University Nijmegen

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