Karolina La Fors
Karolina La Fors is a post-doc researcher and conducts research within the EU-funded e-SIDES Project in a team at eLaw.
Karolina La Fors studied both law and social sciences and holds a PhD in data protection and human rights law. Her PhD research dealt with the data protection, human rights and socio-technical implications of digital prevention and identification practices of the Dutch government for the lives of children and migrants. Her Science and Technology Studies informed legal analysis dealt with how digital risk profiles of children and migrants emerged in practice and what the effects of these have been on the rights and identity of these often ‘marginalized’ citizens.
Currently Karolina conducts research within the EU-funded e-SIDES Project in a team at eLaw. The project sets out to explore the ethical, social and legal challenges surrounding privacy-preserving big data technologies.
Research area and interests
Her main research interest and experience lies in the fields of risk profiling, prevention, privacy, identity, big data, data protection, governmental data bases including those in the law enforcement domain. Furthermore, she is interested in analyzing the legal position of citizens in relation to digital technologies. In 2010 she has also been a visiting researcher at the Geography Department of Durham University, UK in order to deepen her research and critical thinking about risk assessment technologies and strategies. She has also earned experience as a lecturer under the scope of the Master in Law and Technology programme at Tilburg University. In her earlier work she contributed to research on such EU-funded FP7 projects as the DigIDeas, HIDE, FIDIS and STORK.
- La Fors K. (2020), Legal Remedies For a Forgiving Society: Children's rights, data protection rights and the value of forgiveness in AI-mediated risk profiling of children by Dutch authorities, Computer Law & Security Review 38: 105430.
- La Fors K., Bachlechner D., Sears A.M., Custers B.H.M. & Friedewald M. (2019), E-Sides Community Position Paper (CPP): Towards a more accountable big data governance and responsible innovation of privacy-preserving technologies: Horizon2020 of the European Commission (Deliverable 5.3) (. Centre for Law and Digital Technologies, Faculty of Law, Leiden University).
- Bachlechner D., Friedewald M., La Fors K., Sears A.M. & Custers B.H.M. (2019), Recommendations and conclusions (E-Sides Deliverable 5.2): Horizon2020 of the European Commission (. Centre for Law and Digital Technologies, Faculty of Law, Leiden University).
- Timan T., Micheli M., Litke A., Mauricio F., Argerich M., Kiousi V. A., Perales F., Morley-Fletcher E., Mureddu F., La Fors K. & Debussche J. (2019), Policy4Data Policy Brief: Big data in Europe for 2020 and beyond: Policy insights and recommendations from current H2020 big data projects: Big Data Value Association, European Commission.
- La Fors K., Custers B. & Keymolen E. (2019), Reassessing values for emerging big data technologies: integrating design-based and application-based approaches, Ethics and Information Technology 21(3): 209-226.
- Bachlechner D., Friedewald M., Weitkamp J., Prill M.A., La Fors K., Sears A.M. & Custers B.H.M. (2019), Overview of design requirements (D4.2) (. Centre for Law and Digital Technologies, Faculty of Law, Leiden University), : Horizon2020 of the European Commission.
- Bachlechner D., La Fors K. & Sears A.M. (2018), The Role of Privacy-Preserving Technologies in the Age of Big Data. In: Proceedings of the 13th Pre-ICIS Workshop on Information Security and Privacy, San Francisco, December 13, 2018. San Francisco: AIS SIGSEC, Bright Internet & Trust, and IFIP TC.
- La Fors K., Sears A.M., Bachlechner D., Friedwald M., Weitkamp J., Prill M.A. & Custers B. (2018), Results of the gap analysis (. Centre for Law and Digital Technologies, Faculty of Law, Leiden University), : Horizon2020 of the European Commission.
- La Fors K., Dechesne F. & Custers B.H.M. (2018), Filling accountability holes in algorithmic networks. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC) 2018.
- Bachlechner D., Friedewald M., Weitkamp J., Prill M.A., La Fors K. & Sears A.M. (2018), Assessment of Existing Technologies (. Centre for Law and Digital Technologies, Faculty of Law, Leiden University).
- Custers B.H.M., La Fors K., Jozwiak M.E., Keymolen E.L.O., Bachlechner D., Friedewald M. & Aguzzi S. (2017), Lists of ethical, legal, societal and economic issues of big data technologies. Leiden: Leiden University.
- La Fors-Owczynik K. (2017), Profiling ‘Anomalies’ and the Anomalies of Profiling: Digitalized Risk Assessments of Dutch Youth and the New European Data Protection Regime. In: Adams S., Purtova N., Leenes R. (Eds.) Under Observation: The Interplay Between eHealth and Surveillance. Law, governance and technology series no. 35 Cham: Springer. 107-138.
- La Fors K. (2 November 2016), Digitizing risks and risking citizen rights: Prevention practices and their legal and socio-technical implications for the lives of children and migrants (PhD thesis, Faculty of Law, Tilburg University). Tilburg: Tilburg University. Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s):Prins C., Ploeg I. van der.
- La Fors-Owczynik K. & Ploeg I. van der (2016), Migrants at/as Risk: Identity Verification and Risk Assessment Technologies in the Netherlands. In: Ploeg I. van der, Pridmore J. (Eds.) Digitizing Identities: Doing Identity in a Networked World. New York: Routledge. 261-281.
- La Fors-Owczynik K. (2016), Monitoring migrants or making migrants ‘misfit’? Data protection and human rights perspectives on Dutch identity management practices regarding migrants, Computer Law and Security Review 32(3): 433-449.
- La Fors-Owczynik K. (2016), Prevention strategies, vulnerable positions and risking the ‘identity trap’: digitalized risk assessments and their legal and socio-technical implications on children and migrants, Information & Communications Technology Law 25(2): 71-95.
- La Fors-Owczynik K. & Valkenburg G. (2016), Risk Identities: Constructing Actionable Problems in Dutch Youth. In: Ploeg I. van der, Pridmore J. (Eds.) Digitizing Identities: Doing Identity in a Networked World. New York: Routledge. 103-124.
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