The Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre
The Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre (MCCRC) is a virtual research centre in which technology lawyers and computer scientists collaborate to conduct cutting-edge research on challenges in cloud computing at the intersection of technology and regulation. The MCCRC was launched in April 2014. It is a collaboration between the Cloud Legal Project at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London (CLP) and the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory (CCL). The MCCRC addresses complex and difficult areas of vital importance to governments, businesses, and communities around the globe. The Cloud Legal Project has been conducting pioneering research in the emerging field of cloud computing law since 2009. The Cambridge Computer Laboratory is a world class research centre working in key areas relevant to the development of cloud computing, including distributed systems, networking and security, associated with the Center for Science and Policy (CSaP), that provides the network and mechanisms for high-quality engagement between academics and policy professionals.
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Chris spoke about his work on an interdisciplinary research project with the Open Data Institute. To find out more about the Data Trusts research project, check out: https://theodi.org/article/data-trusts-legal-report/.
Lauren Downes and Chris Reed presented on Sustainability in the global energy value chain at Norton Rose Fulbright on 14 March 2019
Lauren and Chris discussed “Sustainability in the global energy value chain: a blockchain opportunity (T=E+D+A)” .
Christopher Millard featured as a guest on the Privacy Sigma Riders podcast to talk about the GDPR on 5 March 2019
Christopher and host Michelle Dennedy, chief privacy officer at Cisco, covered a range of topics, including trusting robots, the ethics of privacy, and the practical challenges of implementing the GDPR. You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, or read the transcript.
Lauren Downes spoke about sustainability in the global energy value chain: a blockchain opportunity at the University of Dundee on 27 February 2019
Lauren presented her work on “Sustainability in the global energy value chain: a blockchain opportunity (T=E+D+A)” at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.
Dave Michels and Anwaar Ali spoke about ‘Blockchain and GDPR’ at an LTO Network event in London on 13 December 2018
Dave Michels and Ali Anwaar spoke about how the users of blockchain applications might be able to comply with their obligations under the GDPR. The event was organised by the LTO Network, a start-up out of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as part of The Next Web’s ‘Hard Fork Decentralised’ event.
Christopher Millard and Ian Walden spoke on ‘Regulating Personal Data in an Innovation Economy’ at the British Embassy in Paris, France on 6 December 2018
On 6 December 2018, the British Embassy and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of Queen Mary University of London organised a conference in Paris on EU data protection law. The event took place in the British Ambassador’s residence and aimed to establish a dialogue and share experiences and knowledge between British and French data Read more about Christopher Millard and Ian Walden spoke on ‘Regulating Personal Data in an Innovation Economy’ at the British Embassy in Paris, France on 6 December 2018[…]
The Independent, The Week, and The Daily Mail covered our research on blockchain tokens and property law in November 2018
The Independent, The Week, The Daily Mail, and other media covered the MCCRC’s research on blockchain tokens and property law. The reports highlighted our findings that cryptocurrencies aren’t technically recognised as property under the current English and Welsh law, which may lead to legal uncertainty and a lack of protection for token holders.
Christopher Millard spoke on ‘AI Law, Regulation and Ethics’ at the Canada-UK Colloquium in Toronto, Canada on 23 November 2018
Christopher Millard spoke on ‘AI Law, Regulation and Ethics’ at the annual Canada-UK Colloquium in Toronto, Canada. The colloquium focused on “Artificial Intelligence & Society: Choices, Risks & Opportunities” and took place at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. More information about the event is available here: https://publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/events/the-canada-uk-colloquium/.
Brave New Coin and various other media covered the MCCRC’s research on blockchains and smart contracts. The reports highlighted our findings that smart contracts do not necessarily constitute legal contracts.
CoinTelegraph and various other media covered the MCCRC’s research on blockchain and GDPR. The reports highlighted our findings that private blockchains may be able to comply with GDPR requirements.