A report for the European Commission on smart contracts

  At the initial request of the European Parliament, the European Commission asked me to write a report on smart contracts’ legal environment. As it appears, the deployment of smart contracts within the European zone could fluidify economic transactions. It also risks fragmenting the Digital Single Market (“DSM”). This conundrum calls for a constructive response to...
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Peter G. Klein: “Who Owns My Data?“

Dear readers, I am delighted to announce that this month’s guest article is authored by Peter G. Klein, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. Peter explores whether we “own” our data (we don’t), and what it means for public policy. I am confident that you will enjoy reading it as much as I did....
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A list of open-access resources to learn computer science

With each passing day, our societies become a little more digital. In this context, I decided to list free access resources to learn the fundamentals of computer science (basic programming, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptography…). These resources do not require any prior technical knowledge; they are all accessible, fun, and academic. I classified them per field of expertise and level....
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Documenting computer science resources for social scientists

EDIT: here are the results! Thank you! *** Dear all, I have created this short Google form to document open-access resources that could help social scientists (lawyers, economists,  political scientists, psychologists…) learn (about) computer science (broadly speaking, being basic programming, AI, blockchain, cryptography…). I will make the final list open access on Thank you very much for...
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Why “future proof” regulation is a bad idea

One day, we will be in a position to develop evolutive regulation. The law will modify on “its own” using different machine learning systems adapting to their environment. “Future-proof” regulation will then become not only possible but also very handy. In the meantime, it is… not a great idea. At all. Let me explain. Our world evolves constantly. Complexity science...
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“Control = liability”: exploring Section 230, the DSA, Big Tech, Wikipedia and Blockchains

Control equals liability. Anyone who controls an area, product, or service—whether physical or digital—is responsible for what happens there (or with it). There are some exceptions to this rule, but the principle remains. For instance, the manager of a bar is liable if a customer trips over a case of wine. Similarly, the manager of...
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