CLaw 2017

Third International IEEE Workshop on 
Legal and Technical Issues
in Cloud Computing and
the Internet of Things

7 April, 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
Co-located with IEEE Cloud Engineering 2017


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CLaw brings together technical and legal practitioners to explore technical responses to legal problems, and to interrogate legal frameworks for new and emerging directions in cloud computing, the Internet of Things, analytics and 'big data', and systems technologies in general

With cloud computing continuing to revolutionise the provision of IT services, and the promises and threats of the Internet of Things (IoT) growing by the day, legal and policy concerns surrounding technology are increasing salience and prominence. Existing and proposed regulatory and governance regimes place obligations on those who manage (process, analyse, use, and collect) data. The end-users of applications provisioned in the cloud and IoT also have certain rights that must be respected – various parties all bear varying degrees of responsibility, which must be properly managed.

Managing these rights and responsibilities is becoming increasingly complex, both technically and legally, particularly due to the emergence of new cloud services and models, as well as because of movements towards collaborative, decentralised and mobile clouds. For instance, the cloud will play an integral role in supporting the evolving IoT, which exacerbates issues of scale and data management while bringing real (physical) world considerations. The increasing prevalence of machine learning technology adds another degree of complexity. 

Building on the successes of the previous workshops, CLaw 2017 aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary exploration of tech-legal challenges as regards emerging systems technologies.

[Previous workshops: CLaw 2016,  CLaw 2015]


Friday, April 7th

Simon Fraiser University

Canfor Policy Room (Room #1600)

[Registration here]

13:00 - 14:00


Prof. Colin Bennett, Political Science (Privacy), University of Victoria

"Transnational Flows of Personal Data: Adequate Laws, Accountable Companies or Data Localization"

14:00 - 14:30

Paper presentations

"In search for the value of connectivity: IoT for a smart and accountable governance of environmental health challenges", A Berti Suman

"Internet of Things Ecosystems: Unpacking Legal Relationships and Liabilities", C Millard, W K Hon, J Singh

14:30 - 15:00

Coffee break

15:00 - 15:45


Craig Shank, VP CELA (Standards & Interop), Microsoft

"Emerging Technologies - Standards and Trust Mechanisms"

15:45 - 16:15

Paper presentations

"Towards the Classification of Confidentiality Capabilities in Trustworthy Service Level Agreements", Y Nugraha, A Martin

"Eyes of Things", J M Rico-Saavedra

16:15 - 16:45
Discussion & wrap-up

Call for papers

The key goal of this workshop is to stimulate a multidisciplinary discussion and new directions on these important issues. As such, we welcome a wide range of submissions, whether technical, legal or thought pieces to stimulate debate. For those technical in nature - fully implemented and evaluated systems are not essential, and application-specific papers are welcome.

Some suggested topics, in no particular order, include:

  • Technical enforcement of legal regulations, service level agreements, mutual legal assistance requests, and other instruments
  • Accountability, audit and proof of compliance
  • Issues of privacy and security 
  • Compatibility issues between regulation and technical implementation
  • Emerging cloud technologies (decentralised clouds: cloudlets, droplets; containment mechanisms)
  • Internet of Things: data sharing, threats, liability, audit and compliance concerns for cloud-supported IoT, fog and edge computing
  • Issues relating to big data, analytics and machine learning
  • Application of cloud computing in regulated sectors
  • Emerging cloud and infrastructure service models (X as a Service)
  • Data localisation, including regional cloud initiatives (e.g. EU-only cloud)
  • Cybercrime: phishing, malware and spam proliferation
  • Encryption, security technologies and responsibility
  • Issues of surveillance in cloud and IoT architectures
  • Fairness, anti-discrimination, human rights, privacy and power issues regarding emerging technology
  • Interaction between cloud and IoT and consumer-facing business models, including the transformations towards crowd labour, algorithmic decision-making and automation 

Submissions must be in electronic format submitted through: Papers should not exceed 6 pages in IEEE format (single-spaced 2-column text using 10-point size type on A4 paper, templates available). Submissions will be peer reviewed, and for each accepted paper, at least one author is required to register and present the paper at the workshop. All accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore.

Important Dates: [recently extended]

  • Paper submission: Dec 15, 2016  (23:59 UTC-12/AoE) [Extensions a possiblilty, please email]
  • Author notification: Jan 24, 2017
  • Final camera ready: Jan 31, 2017
  • Workshop date: 7 Apr 2017 [programme]



  • Jatinder Singh (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)
  • Julia Powles (Faculty of Law / Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)

Programme Committee:

  • Virgilio Almeida (Federal University of Minas Gerais)
  • Jean Bacon (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)
  • Nataliia Bielova (INDES, Inria)
  • Frederik Borgesius (Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam)
  • Andrew Cormack (JISC, UK)
  • Nick Doty (UC Berkeley School of Information)
  • Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo (University of Texas at San Antonio)
  • Jon Crowcroft (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)
  • Lilian Edwards (Law School, Strathclyde University)
  • David Eyers (Dept of Computer Science, University of Otago)
  • Primavera De Filippi (CNRS, Université Paris II)
  • Ellen P. Goodman (Faculty of Law, Rutgers University)
  • Hamed Haddadi (EECS, Queen Mary University of London)
  • Woody Hartzog (Cumberland School of Law, Samford University)
  • Tristan Henderson (School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews)
  • Joris van Hoboken (Information Law Institute, NYU)
  • Ryan Ko (Dept Computer Science, University of Waikato)
  • Emily Laidlaw (Faculty of Law, University of Calgary)
  • Anil Madhavapeddy (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)
  • TJ McIntyre (School of Law, Trinity College Dublin)
  • Chris Marsden (Law School, University of Sussex)
  • Christopher Millard (Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London)
  • Frank Pallas (ISE, TU Berlin)
  • Thomas Pasquier (SEAS, Harvard University)
  • Siani Pearson (HP Labs)
  • Anna Perini (ICT-Irst, Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
  • Marinella Petrocchi (IIT, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche)
  • Peter Pietzuch (Department of Computing, Imperial College London)
  • Jörg Pohle (Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society)
  • Daniel Seng (Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore)
  • Evelyn de Souza (Chief Technology and Architecture Office, Cisco Systems)
  • Dan Svantesson (Faculty of Law, Bond University)
  • Asma Vranaki (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford)
  • Ian Walden (Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London)
  • Lorna Woods (School of Law, University of Essex)