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October 2016

Stakeholders for Sustainable Innovation

October 24, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
David Attenborough Building; Room 1.25, Pembroke St
Cambridge, B2 3QY
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On October 24th, 2016, CSER, the Global Shapers Cambridge Hub, and Positive+Investment co-hosted a workshop on the auto sector for investors, sector experts, academics, non-governmental actors, specialist lawyers, and others. The goal was to identify strategies to accelerate the inevitable transition to electric and alternative vehicles, with a particular focus on boosting companies' research and development investments. The day began with expert testimony from Raj Thamotheram of Preventable Surprises (topic: the demand-side sectors: autos and utilities), Helen Wildsmith of CCLA (topic: Stewardship 101), Greg…

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Who actually controls public companies and in whose interest are they run?

October 24, 2016 @ 5:40 pm - 7:00 pm
David Attenborough Building; Room 1.25, Pembroke St
Cambridge, B2 3QY
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Colin Melvin, the Global Head of Stewardship for Hermes Investment Management (the largest shareholder engagement company in the world) will discuss the role of institutional investors -- pension funds, university endowments (such as the Cambridge University Endowment Fund), foundations, charities, and others -- in influencing company behaviour regarding the environment, human rights, and other issues of societal concern.  The particular focus of his talk will be the transportation sector, which accounts for 26% of global CO2 emissions and 60% of…

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November 2016

Personal Identity and Public Policy

November 1, 2016 @ 8:00 am - November 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Future of Humanity Insitute, Oxford, United Kingdom + Google Map

Report on a workshop held in Oxford on November 1st and 2nd 2016.  Extreme technological risks present important considerations about the future of ‘the person’ that are very hard to evaluate using standard economic of legal procedures.  Firstly, there is the possibility of the total loss of all persons from the world, and hence some portion of space up to and including the entire future history of the universe Secondly, the replacement of human persons with persons, or person-like entities,…

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Bringing States – and Science – to courts to address climate change: Grounds, opportunities and challenges with Pau de Vilchez Moragues

November 14, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
David Attenborough Building; Room 1.25, Pembroke St
Cambridge, B2 3QY
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In the past two years, several lawsuits have been filed against governments around the world for their lack of an ambitious enough policy regarding climate change. In countries as different as the Netherlands, the US, Pakistan, Norway or New Zealand, citizens and NGOs are resorting to the judiciary to demand a more responsible climate policy and, so far, courts have been quite receptive of their claims.  This represents an unexpected opportunity in the fight against global warming, yet, at the…

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Technology: Transparency vs Privacy with Prof. Neal Katyal

November 16, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College
Cambridge, CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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Abstract Professor Katyal, one of the top US Supreme Court advocates as well as the Paul Saunders Professor of National Security Law at Georgetown University, will contrast European and American approaches to data privacy, digital security, and transparency, with an eye on recent groundbreaking cases in the United States. He has represented most of the top technology companies in the Apple Iphone San Bernadino decryption case, as well as in the Microsoft Gag Orders case, and will use those cases…

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December 2016

NIPS conference, Barcelona

December 5, 2016 @ 8:00 am - December 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Advances in AI mean that predictions and algorithms are already used in a wide variety of situations under regulatory or legal control. This includes such diverse areas as i.e. driving autonomous cars and predicting the likelihood of reoffending once released from prison. At this symposium, sponsored by LCFI, CSER and Clifford Chance, key themes such as privacy, liability, and regulation of data will be explored to inform the community of current and ongoing legislation as well as to help form…

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