On the 15th and 16th of February 2016 the interdisciplinary research project Assessing Big Data (ABIDA) organized a Conference in Münster in Germany. The research project is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It investigates the risks and opportunities of Big Data and develops recommendations for politics, research and development.
At the conference ConPolicy-Director Prof Dr Christian Thorun participated at the opening panel on “Regulation and Governance in times of Big Data”. After a presentation he discussed the subject with Dr Alexander Kleibrink from the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Dr Cornelius Puschmann from the Hans-Bredow-Institute and Prof Dr Jeanette Hofmann from the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). The discussion focused on topics such as what are the key challenges that Big Data poses to classical regulatory approaches and what alternatives do exist.