Roundtable: Model for Evaluating Data Flow Factors

The L. R. Wilson Chair in Information Technology and E-Commerce Law of Université de Montréal and the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology invite you to a presentation and discussion on a proposed data flow impact evaluation mode developed by Vincent Gautrais professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal, and Nicolas Aubin, lawyer and Master’s candidate, with invited speakers to comment, criticize and suggest on both the substance and the rationale of this tool.

In Quebec and in Canada, there is no specific law to regulate the activities associated with artificial intelligence systems (AIS). At most, there are some provisions that can be used here and there and that may apply. Nevertheless, and more and more, ethical principles have been added to the obligations of the actors. Hundreds of them even exist, establishing the main lines, often identical, that AIS operators must put in place. With these rules under construction, it remains for them to develop internal rules where they will elaborate further on the measures they intend to put in place in order to manage data responsibly. In short, there is a succession of formal, informal and internal (individual) rules to ensure a sufficient level of diligence in this area.

This roundtable intends to focus on this third and final level. Indeed, Prof. Gautrais and Mr. Aubin have developed a model that proposes internal measures that an AIS operator should consider. Based on local law and practices, it identifies measures that can ensure a sufficient level of diligence. Obviously, there is no such model. It is therefore important to confront it with researchers from different disciplines (law, ethics, technology) as well as with industry practitioners (lawyers, etc.).


Vincent Gautrais
Professeur à la Faculté de droit, directeur du CRDP, titulaire de la Chaire LR Wilson
Université de Montréal

Nicolas Aubin
Avocat, candidat à la maîtrise en droit des technologies de l’information
Université de Montréal

Lyse Langlois
Directrice générale
Observatoire internationale sur les impacts sociétaux de l’IA et du numérique (OBVIA)

Sébastien Gambs
Professeur au Département d’informatique, titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en analyse respectueuse de la vie privée
Université du Québec à Montréal

Anthony Hémond


Participants who wish to obtain a certificate of attendance of this event can indicate it in the registration form. It will be sent by e-mail by the OBVIA in the days following the event. Each participant is then responsible for taking the necessary steps to have their attendance recognized as a continuing education activity by their educational institution, their employer or their professional order.

This event will be held in French.


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