Lecturer in Digital Rights & Regulation, Faculty of Laws
Michael’s research sits at the intersections of emerging digital technologies, Internet and data law, technology policy and human–computer interaction. His work has previously examined areas such as how the law applies to machine learning techniques in practice, how civil servants grapple with issues of algorithmic discrimination, how data protection law copes with new data processing practices, and the use and limitations of data rights. He is currently working on areas including the compliance of online tracking and advertising systems such as ‘real-time bidding’ with data protection law, the legal tensions caused by encrypted data analysis and business-side privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs), and the implications of synthetic content (such as so-called ‘deep fakes’). He does, however, think that a blockchain is more or less just a distributed database with some tamper evident features, and there are many more interesting technologies in the world to research and deploy.