B.STS workshop ‘Governing the digital platform revolution in health research and care’

Belgian Science, Technology & Society Network (B.STS) Workshop



Charting social challenges, tracing normative perspectives


Venue: Raadzaal (workshop) and Kardinaal Mercierzaal (keynote lecture), Institute of Philosophy,

KU Leuven, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2, Leuven

Date: 24 October 2019


In recent years, major digital technology corporations have made inroads into the health sector, advancing a vision of disruptive change of established practices and values around healthcare research and delivery. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, the workshop intends to chart key socio-political and regulatory challenges associated with rise of digital health platforms navigating Big Data environments, exploring the possibilities for policy responses rooted in effective and socially robust governance mechanisms.


Organizers: Dr. Luca Marelli (KU Leuven, luca.marelli@kuleuven.be), Prof. Ine Van Hoyweghen (KU Leuven, ine.vanhoyweghen@kuleuven.be)

Attendance is free, registration is required (via mail to: luca.marelli@kuleuven.be)




9.30–10.00: Gathering & welcome coffee


10.00–10.15: Welcome address, Luca Marelli and Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven


10.15–11.00: Luca Marelli, KU Leuven, Digital Health Platforms and the GDPR


11.00–11.45: Laura Drechsler, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Juan Carlos Benito Sanchez, UC Louvain, Algorithmic Discrimination from a Data Protection Law and an Anti-Discrimination Law Perspective


11.45–12.30: Elisa Lievevrouw, KU Leuven, Market innovation through the State. The role of socio-political dynamics in the development of a “digital health technological zone” in the United States


12.30–13.45: Lunch break


13.45–14.30: Katerina Sideri, Ghent University, Digital Therapeutics, Innovation and Big Data Surveillance: Sensors and Machine Learning Algorithms for Behavioral Change


14.30–15.15:  Yves Moreau, KU Leuven, Federated data analysis and the GDPR


15.15–15.30: Concluding remarks and wrap up


15.30–16.00: Tea break


16.00–17.30: José Van Dijck, University of Utrecht (keynote lecture), Governing Digital Societies: The Datafication Of The Health Sector (Kardinaal Mercierzaal)


Author: gertmeyers

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