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Doc­tor of Laws of the Eu­ro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty In­sti­tu­te (Flo­rence), Antoinette Rouvroy is per­ma­nent re­se­arch as­so­cia­te at the Bel­gi­an Na­tio­nal Fund for Sci­en­ti­fic Re­se­arch (FNRS) and se­ni­or re­se­ar­cher at the Re­se­arch Cent­re In­for­ma­ti­on, Law and So­cie­ty, Law Fa­cul­ty, Uni­ver­si­ty of Na­mur (Bel­gi­um). She is also mem­ber of the French CNIL (Com­mis­si­on In­for­ma­tique et Li­bertés)’s Fo­re­sight com­mit­tee and appointed expert for the Consultative Committee of the Copnvention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.

In her wri­tings, she has ad­dres­sed, among other things, is­su­es of pri­va­cy, data pro­tec­tion, non-dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on, equa­li­ty of op­por­tu­nities, due pro­cess in the con­text of “data-rich” en­vi­ron­ments (the so-cal­led ge­ne­tic re­vo­lu­ti­on, the so-cal­led computational turn) with an ap­proach com­bi­ning le­gal and po­li­ti­cal phi­lo­so­phy. Her cur­rent in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch in­te­rests re­vol­ve around what she has called al­go­rith­mic go­vern­men­ta­li­ty. Un­der this fou­caul­di­an neo­lo­gism, she ex­plo­res the se­mio­tic-epis­te­mic, po­li­ti­cal, le­gal and phi­lo­so­phi­cal im­pli­ca­ti­ons of the com­pu­ta­tio­nal turn (Big Data, 
al­go­rith­mic pro­filing, in­dus­tri­al per­so­na­liza­t­i­on). She ex­plo­res the im­pact of al­go­rith­mic go­vern­men­ta­li­ty on our mo­des of pro­duc­tion of what counts and ac­counts for “rea­li­ty”, on our mo­des of go­vern­ment, on the mo­da­li­ties of cri­tique, re­sis­tan­ce and re­cal­citran­ce, and on processes of individual and collective subjectivation or individuation.

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On January 28, 2016, Antoinette Rouvroy has been appointed as one of the six members of the EU's new Ethics Advisory Group (AEG), together with  J. Peter Burgess, Luciano Floridi,  Jaron Lanier, Aurélie Pols and Jeroen Van den Hoven. Reporting to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) the Ethics Advisory Group will explore the relationships between human rights, technology, markets and business models in the 21st century from an interdisciplinary perspective, with particular attention to the implications of/for the rights to privacy and data protection in the digital environment. 




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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Laws, Institut universitaire européen / European University Institute (Florence)


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Projects 2006 2017

Research Output 1997 2018

De la surveillance au profilage

Rouvroy, A. 29 Jan 2018 Philosophie magasine, hors série, "Foucault. Le courage d'être soi"

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Homo juridicus est-il soluble dans les données ?

Rouvroy, A. Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) Droit, Normes et Libertés dans le Cybermonde / Law, Norms and Liberties in the Cyberspace.. Larcier , p. 415-442

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En 2018, résistez aux algorithmes avec la philosophe Antoinette Rouvroy

Rouvroy, A. 29 Dec 2017 Le Monde

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Gouverner hors les normes: la gouvernementalité algorithmique

Rouvroy, A. 6 Jul 2017 In : Lacan Quotidien. 733

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La robotisation de la vie ou la tentation de l'inséparation

Rouvroy, A. 2017 Intelligence artificielle et droit. Bruxelles: Larcier , p. 13-46 (Collection du CRIDS; no. 41)

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Activities 1999 2016


La protection des données dans la société de l'information.

Author: Henrotte, J., 2008

Supervisor: Rouvroy, A. (Jury)

Student thesis: Master typesMaster of Management and business engineering

Virtuality and Capabilities in a World of Ambient Intelligence

Author: Gaspar Costa, L., 1 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Rouvroy, A. (Supervisor), Poullet, Y. (Supervisor), Montero Redondo, E. (President), De Terwangne, C. (Jury), STANDAERT, F. (Jury), Tulkens, F. (Jury) & Hildebrandt, M. (Jury)

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Law