Webinar on October 15: Speakers and participants
Harry Brignull is a specialist in product design, user experience and user research who is currently the Head of User Experience at Smart Pension. Previously he did a PhD in Cognitive Science and was an academic researcher working at Sussex University's Interact Lab and Nottingham University's Mixed Reality lab. Besides providing consultancy service to clients for many years, Brignull is known for his interest in unethical user experience design. Around 2009, Brignull started noticing instances of bad design that didn't seem like mistakes, but rather seemed to be designed on purpose, to trick the user into doing something they otherwise wouldn't do and so benefit the company doing it. In 2010, he proposed to refer to such design practices as "dark patterns". In August 2010, he launched darkpatterns.org, a site devoted to educating internet users about dark patterns and shaming companies that use them.
Anna Barker is a Competition Expert in the Competition Division of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In this role she has focused on competition issues associated with the use of consumer data, and digital advertising. Before this, she worked for the OECD’s Committee for Consumer Policy on measuring consumer detriment, behavioural insights and online disclosures, consumer issues associated with online advertising, the digital economy and the smart home, and consumer trust in the sharing economy.
Andreas Maaloe Jespersen
Andreas works as a specialist on consumer behavior in the Danish Competition and Consumer Agency, where he works to improve consumer welfare through behavioral research and experimentation. He has a Ph.d. from Roskilde University in behavioral consumer policy.
Arunesh Mathur is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). Mathur's research examines the societal impacts of technical systems through an empirical lens. His dissertation research showed how commercial, political, and other powerful actors employ dark patterns to exploit individuals and society. His research has received two best paper awards (ACM CSCW and USENIX SOUPS) and the Privacy Papers for Policy Makers Award.
Werner Stengg, who joined the European institutions in 1996, is currently a cabinet expert on the cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, dealing with digital matters. Between 2006 and 2019, he held different head of unit positions across the European Commission, dealing with e-commerce and online platforms, public interest services, online gambling and postal services, and with the better regulation agenda.
Prof. Dr. Hans Micklitz is Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Helsinki, 2015-2021 and part-time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Columbia University New York, Tel Aviv University, CEU in Budapest and a Visiting Fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford.
Professer Natali Helberger is Distinguished University Professor of Law and Digital Technology, with a special focus on AI at the University of Amsterdam. Her research over the past 5 years has been how digitization, algorithms and AI are transforming the media and its implications for public values, diversity in the media landscape and the media’s democratic role.
Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt
Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt is Professor of European Law at Stockholm University and chair of the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies. She has numerous publications in the area of European economic law and governance with a focus on European and comparative consumer, market and intellectual property law. Antonina has been, among others, Global Research Fellow at the NYU Law School (2010) and Senior Fernand Braudel Fellow at the EUI, Florence (2017/2018). She is member of the Swedish Consumer Authority’s Scientific Council since 2014.
Carolina Brånby has been working on corporate governance issues for the past 20 years. She is a lawyer and is responsible for digital policy at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise with a focus on privacy protection, data use and AI. Carolina is active in BusinessEurope and has been the organization's observer in the European Commission's independent AI High Level Expert Group between 2018-2020.
Poja Shams is associate professor at Karlstad University Service Research Center (CTF). His research has primarily been focused on customer experience using novel tools such as eye-tracking, galvanic skin response and facial coding to get deeper consumer insights and bring the customer cognitive, social and emotional journey to life. His research has been awarded by the Gunnar Sundblad Research Foundation and published in several distinguished journals such as Journal of Business & Retail Management Research, Journal of Business Research and Psychology & Marketing.
Sofia Stigmar is a lawyer at the Swedish Trade Federation. She joined the Brussels office in 2019 and works mainly with digital policy, e-commerce and consumer law. At the Swedish Trade Federation, she is in charge of the working group for GDPR and privacy and has together with legal experts developed the guidance for tracking devices and social plugins online, that is now a standard for the retail sector in Sweden. Sofia is active in EuroCommerce and have the mandate from the Confederations of Swedish Enterprises to represent the Swedish interests in BusinessEurope when it comes to consumer law.
Sinan Akdag is the digital expert of The Swedish Consumers' Association, an NGO representing the consumer interest on national, regional and international level. Sinan's work is centred on privacy and cybersecurity, but also includes accessibility, e-commerce and platform policy. The Swedish Consumers' Association is a member of BEUC, and as such frequently takes part in coordinated enforcement actions along with other European consumer organisations
Catalina Goanta (moderator)
Catalina Goanta is Assistant Professor in Private Law at the Faculty of Law, postdoctoral researcher at Studio Europa (Maastricht Working on Europe) and manages the Maastricht Law and Tech Lab, a unique research group with eight computer scientists in residence at a law school, where she currently supervises one internal and two external PhD students. During February 2018 - February 2019, she was a Niels Stensen fellow and visited the University of St. Gallen and Harvard University. She is also non-residential fellow of the Stanford Transatlantic Technology Law Forum. Her research focuses on content/web monetization and social media governance, as well as digital consumer protection.