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Johann Laux

Tech Law & Policy Scholar

I am fascinated by how new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), digital platforms, and Big Data affect us as citizens and consumers. How can we address power imbalances emerging from data analytics? How can we guarantee fair choice in digital markets? And how can we maintain meaningful human control over automated systems? I research questions like these as a British Academic Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII).

I earned a PhD, a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Law at the University of Hamburg and graduated from the from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Master’s degree in Politics. I studied Philosophy at King’s College London and was a Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley, School of Law. Before joining Oxford, I was an Emile Noël Fellow at New York University’s School of Law and a Program Affiliate with the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project at New York University’s School of Law.

I’ve given expert evidence to policymakers such as the European Commission. My work has been featured in media outlets such as the The Sunday Times, The Independent, Euronews, and Radio France Internationale. Before embarking on my academic career, I’ve worked as a journalist at outlets such as Monocle, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Die ZEIT.


Johann Laux in conversation with David Sutcliffe, Senior Science Writer, Oxford Internet Institute: Powerful Platforms Should Be Regulated — But Does the European Commission’s Proposed Audit Process Risk Capture?

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