Big Data: Technology and Law (FS18)

Data processing technology has gone through massive changes in the past years. Daily, billions of search queries are handled, millions of messages are posted on social networks, a myriad of shopping baskets are collected at online retailers, our smartphones continuously collect movement data, and some of us subscribe to the quantified self via fitness trackers or smartwatches - Big Data is collected everywhere and at all times. The collection of these data offers enormous opportunities but also entails challenges. This course provides participants with an interdisciplinary view on Big Data and its capabilities.


The workshop will take place on Monday, 14 May 2018 (all day) and Tuesday, 15 May 2018 (morning).


On Wednesday, 14 March 2018 individuals and groups will present their ideas for a potential paper/artifact during class. Each presentation should last no longer than one minute. This “bazaar” should allow for all students to form or join a group. All groups must be interdisciplinary.

Until Wednesday, 28 March 2018, at the latest, every group has to communicate their team members (who) and their topic (what) to Every group will have to deliver a one pager with a description of their topic. All groups will get a short feedback from one of the professors in due course.

Papers/Artifacts and Abstracts

Every group will work on a cross-disciplinary Big Data project and write-up a paper or provide other scientific output (“artifacts”) on a technical and legal Big Data challenge (e.g. develop a website, wiki, app, interactive analysis, or the like).

Until Sunday, 29 April 2018 the groups have to deliver an abstract with a summary of their paper/artifact (one page) to The abstracts will be sent to all participants.

Due to time reasons we fear that not every group will be able to present their findings at the workshop. Based on the abstracts the participants have to vote on their preferred projects. The most popular projects will be presented and discussed at the workshop. The voting will take place on Tuesday, 1 May and Wednesday, 2 May 2018. We will communicate by Monday, 7 May 2018 which groups will be presenting at the workshop.

Deadline to hand in the papers/artifacts is Sunday, 6 May 2018. We will communicate the submission procedure at a later stage. Groups that only write a Paper have to deliver approximately 1500 words/per group member (e.g. group with 5 people: 5 x 1500 words = approximately 7500 words in total).

In addition, we will employ peer-reviewing of your papers/artifacts in this class. To this end, every student will have to review two group submissions in an on-line reviewing system and provide that group with substantive feedback. These reviews have to be handed in until May 13, 11:59 pm.


Bazaar: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Communication of groups
and description of topic:

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 11.59 pm
Handing-in of abstracts: Sunday, 29 April 2018, 11.59 pm
Voting on abstracts for
presentations on Workshop: 

Tuesday, 1 May – Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Deadline Papers/Artifacts:  Sunday, 6 May 2018, 11.59 pm
Communication of groups presenting:

Monday, 7 May 2018

Reviewing of other papers:  Monday, 7 May – Sunday, 13 May 2018  

Monday, 14 May 2018 (all day)
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 (morning)