Academic Competition Current trends and their impact on future society

The second lecture scheduled within the academic competition “Current trends and their impact on future society” was given last Wednesday, 20 October, by Prof. Mauro F. Guillén, Dean and Professor of Business Administration at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. In his lecture, “Static and Dynamic Strategies in Two-Sided Platform International Growth”, Professor Guillén elucidated the reasons why there are so few truly global platforms and explained why, often, local digital platforms, simply by copying global platforms and exploiting the advantages of being second movers, achieve strong positions in their respective markets.

The competition was launched on 6 October by Prof. Josep Domingo Ferrer, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Director of the UNESCO Chair on Data Privacy at the Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona). In his lecture, “Data science versus privacy and ethics”, Professor Domingo delved into the threat that the collection, storage and treatment of massive amounts of data poses to individual privacy, and discussed the mechanisms—both legal and technical—that have been developed to protect personal data, as well as the limitations of these mechanisms and national differences in their level of implementation.

Key dates

  • 5 November, midnight: Deadline for the essay
  • 12 November: Announcement of finalists
  • 23 November, 1 p.m. (Room PIR 0.1): Final round-table discussion with the participation of the guest speakers, selection of the winner and presentation of certificates.


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