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The call for papers is now open! We are soliciting presenters and moderators on the topics below. 

Deadline extended until Tuesday, September 24, 11:59 pm ET!

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  • Artificial intelligence: To highlight current developments and innovation in AI across a range of sectors including financial services and healthcare and to examine the legal and ethical challenges of commercializing and using AI.  Related topics could include IP and data ownership in contracts involving AI; transparency and accountability in decision-making ;  approaches to institutional prejudice or bias that may be built into decisions; international approaches to regulating the use of facial recognition technology; safety and product liability issues; the global race to AI supremacy .
  • Online Platform Liability: Increasing pressure to reduce or modify the protection of online platforms in light of growing extremism and real-world violence.  Comparing different international approaches and evolving rules and regulations regarding free speech.
  • FinTech: Comparative analysis of current regulatory trends and use cases from around the world.  Topics could include, among others: (a) deployment of cutting edge payment technologies  and token-based intermediary exchanges in cannabis and other industries that cannot avail themselves of traditional banking systems,  (b) impact of EU PSD2 in Europe and potential for GDPR-like impact worldwide, (c) current trends in regulating (or banning) the use of bitcoin and other token-based payment systems; and (d) more general regulatory trends in fintech, particularly those intended to stimulate FinTech innovation.
  • Blockchain: Blockchain touches every country and provides an opportunity for a very global comparative discussion on how it can deliver commercial benefits and what regulatory or risk considerations are impeding adoption of blockchain. 
  • Data Protection and Regulation: How domestic and international political and economic developments (including targeted meddling in democratic election processes) are fueling the desire of governments to regulate, protect and/or access personal data held by companies, including tech companies; how to balance the competing political, regulatory, commercial and privacy interests of governments, companies, political parties, and individuals as to the appropriate use of consumer data; and how to advise companies on the use and protection of consumer data moving forward.
  • Legal Tech: How technological innovation is shaping the legal services market, new legal tech solutions, examples of successful legal service delivery transformation, and the challenges law firms face in procuring and getting value from new Legal Tech solutions.
  • Advanced Topics in Multinational Technology Sourcing.  Identify the stickiest issues being encountered when negotiating IT sourcing (including outsourcing) agreements (e.g., data and IP ownership, compliance with the laws and regulations of multiple jurisdictions, data security, etc.).  Discuss common vendor and customer arguments and how to achieve resolution.  Inform presentation with “war stories” and consider the consequences of big IT failures and practical lessons to learn from such failures, highlighting experience based on recent litigation.
  • Advanced Topics in non-traditional in merger and acquisition transactions and the attendant technology issues.   The ideal panelists would have experience dealing with M&A in one or more of the following fields: (i) healthcare; (ii) aerospace, (iii) Big Data (iv) esports; (v) cryptocurrencies; (vi) the cannabis business, or (vii) other cutting-edge industries.  The panelists could (i) set out the principles on which they relied when faced with an unprecedented technology-related issue; and (ii) engage with the attendees to begin to develop a set of principles for dealing with those issues.  Inform presentation with “war stories” and consider the consequences of failed transactions, highlighting experience based on recent litigation.   
  • Cybersecurity: An examination of the increasing proliferation of cyber-security breaches and their sophisticated nature, and how companies can manage these risks and the related regulatory burdens.
  • IP Dispute Resolution: Selecting the right forum and recent trends in IP dispute resolution.
  • Government Agencies: Reconciling the desire for governments to access personal data held by companies including tech companies with individuals’ rights to privacy and data protection: where is the line drawn?
  • Digital Transformation Across Industries:   Cross-sector focus considering such issues as (1) IP ownership and vendor agreements/relationships, (2) new entity formation and tax positioning, and (3) licensing of new technology.

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2020 World Technology Law Conference