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UBI Professor Alexandra von Westernhagen at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

During the past month, UBI Professor Alexandra von Westernhagen gave a lecture about "Antitrust rules and their enforcement in the digital era" at MIT in Boston, one of the oldest cities in the U.S.

Professor Alexandra von Westernhagen

Professor Alexandra von Westernhagen made a presentation to graduate students from Professor Ashford’s Program of MIT Technology & Law, as well as to graduate students from Social and Engineering Systems, MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS).

During the sharing of ideas, the main focus was antitrust rules and their enforcement in the digital era, both in the US and the EU. Through various examples from our daily lives, such as how data is being (mis-)used nowadays on all digital platforms (i.e. Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon), Professor von Westernhagen explained to students the different “Why” of these rules: Why do they exist? Why do we need their protections? Why do we need to follow the regulations? etc.

On specific request by some of the students, Professor von Westernhagen also talked about Brexit - the process and the impact of it, and the role of Facebook ads in the 2016 referendum. The students enjoyed the talk very much, and both professors and students had some quality time, sharing information and live exchanges with each other, on a professional, academic and personal level.

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