Location: Room 3074, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Date: 13 Sep

Prof. Orla Lynskey of the Law Dept. at the London School of Economics will give our next Ethics and Privacy public lecture. She will speak in Room 3074 of the Arts Building at Trinity College Dublin at 12.30pm on Wednesday the 13th of September.

Thanks to their strategic position at the interface between individuals and content and service providers, digital intermediaries have a monopoly, or quasi-monopoly, over information flows. Their pivotal position in the personal data processing ecosystem can also have a detrimental impact on individual rights. This power of digital intermediaries has been the subject of increasing doctrinal and media attention. Prof. Lynskey’s talk considers the case for classifying digital intermediaries as public utilities. In particular, it explores whether regulation of digital intermediaries could be justified to prevent harms to fundamental rights, given the scale and the scope of their activities and the extent of their power.


Orla Lynskey has been an Assistant Professor in the Law Department at the London School of Economics since September 2012. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of data protection, technology regulation, digital rights and EU law. She holds an LLB (Law and French) from Trinity College Dublin, an LLM in EU Law from the College of Europe (Bruges) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. This PhD research has been developed into a monograph, The Foundations of EU Data Protection Law, published by OUP in 2015. She is called to the Bar of England and Wales and working in Competition law practice in Brussels before beginning her doctoral research. She is an editor of International Data Privacy Law (OUP) and the European Law Blog, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Data Protection Law Review.

To attend this free public lecture, please register your interest here.