26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Taming Wild Data

Keynote speech by Jeanette Hoffman and discussion on how to make digital platforms serve the common good


In their early days, digital platforms seemed to be the saviours of trade, business and the labour market because that is where providers meet their clients without any intermediaries. However, the developments around applications such as Uber and Airbnb have shown that social risks are far less abstract than they would appear over colourful interfaces. By regulating themselves, platforms would dig their own grave, but what can the EU, individual states and the users do?


Keynote conversation with


Jeanette Hoffman*

Political scientist, professor of Internet Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. She has founded and currently is a director of Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. She conducts research at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) on topics such as internet governance and policy, transnational regulation, emergence of policy fields or digital society. She is a head of the WZB research group “Politics of Digitalization” which investigates how today’s societies make sense of and shape the digital transformation. She was a researcher at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation of London School of Economics and Political Science from 2007 to 2010 and served as an expert member of the Parliamentary Enquiry Commission on Internet and Digital Society of the German Bundestag from 2010 to 2013. 




Alžběta Krausová

Researcher at the Institute of State and Law at the Czech Academy of Sciences, leader of the project Centre for Innovation Research and Cybergovernance (CICeRo). She is a member of the Expert Group on Accountability and New Technologies at the European Commission, the OECD ONE AI Expert Network and the Working Group on Human Rights and Modern Technologies of the Human Rights Council of the Czech Government. She co-founded the Czech Women in AI initiative and in 2021 also served as an intergovernmental expert for UNESCO in negotiations on the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. Her research focuses on the legal aspects of AI and related fields, robotics, brain-computer interfaces, and merging technology with organic life.


Vladimír Špidla

A social democratic politician and director of the educational institute – the Masaryk Democratic Academy. He is a former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (2004-2010), Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (2002-2004) and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (1998-2002). He studied history at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. He focuses on the future of labour, climate and energy transformation and the necessary social and public policy responses. Among his topics of interest is also the impact of artificial intelligence on the operation of political parties and society.


Moderated by


Kateřina Smejkalová

Researcher at the German public think-tank Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and publicist. She focuses mainly on social implications of technology, work and its future, commenting on current events in Germany. She has studied German and political science at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany.


*Jeanette Hofmann will join us live from Berlin.


In cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Masaryk Democratic Academy.

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