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Rijksuniversiteit Groningen/Campus Fryslân

Gemma Frisius lecture

Wanneer:di 12-09-2017
Waar:City Hall, Hofplein 38, Leeuwarden

Ceremony marking the opening of the Academic Year 2017-2018

On Tuesday 18 September the Gemma Frisius lecture will take place. After a few welcoming words by prof. Jouke de Vries, Dean of Campus Fryslân, we will give the floor to prof. Andrej Zwitter, who will give this year’s Gemma Frisius lecture.

Welcome to the matrix

Cyberspace – the digital reality of William Gibson’s Science Fiction novel “Neuromancer” from 1984 is described as the Matrix, a virtual reality with its own rules. In this dystopian future, access to the Matrix determines the socio-economic status. Where as this vision is not yet reality, it becomes clear that many of Gibson’s predictions become increasingly true – the cyberspace has become a parallel reality, and access to it and through it to other people inhabiting that space as well as the ability to draw from its virtual resources (think of Big Data as the new oil) increasingly determines agency and structure.

If this cyberspace is getting more important also for the physical reality, it needs to be governed just as we govern states, cooperations and citizen. This cannot happen from the outside through national and international law but only from the inside through code as law. Because right now the Matrix is anarchical and its only inherent law is the survival of the fittest.

Prof. Andrej Zwitter
Prof. Andrej Zwitter

Prof. Andrej Zwitter

Andrej Zwitter is Professor of International Relations and Ethics at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). As of 1 July, Zwitter has been appointed dean of the University College Fryslân, where students can study Global Responsibility & Leadership (BSc). Zwitter conducts research into governance and innovation, specifically the ethics and law of Big Data and artificial intelligence. Most recently he published "Big Data and International Relations" in the journal Ethics & International Affairs and "Big Data Ethics", in Big Data & Society.


Date: Tuesday 12 September
Time: 15:00 – 17:30 hours
Location: City Hall, Hofplein 38, Leeuwarden

We hope you will join us in the celebration of this new academic year. More information on the programme and registration will be sent to you by the end of August. If you already would like to apply, you can do so via the button below.