On 20 March 2017 in Vienna a workshop on the topic “Building a Data Economy” was conducted. The event was organised by The European Law Institute (ELI) and the American Law Institute (ALI) with the support of the University of Vienna. The chairperson of Law and Internet Foundation, Prof. Dr. George Dimitrov, was the Bulgarian representative at the workshop.
On 10 January 2017, the European Commission published a Communication on Building a European Data Economy and launched a public consultation on the topic. The European Law Institute (ELI) and the American Law Institute (ALI) are working on a feasibility study for a project on data as an asset and tradeable item in the 21st century.
“Are our laws fit to meet the challenges?” was the key question examined during the discussions. Experts from Europe and the U.S. discussed some of the most salient points arising in this context. The debates aimed to examine the extent to which existent legal regimes boost or hamper the data economy, the gaps and deficiencies and the room for new legislation.