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Department of Computer Science and Technology

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Research

I am a tech law academic working in the Compliant & Accountable Systems research group. I'm interested in critical interdisciplinary work on law, technology, and society; the socio-political power of tech companies, the role of their business models and ideological underpinnings in transforming society, the structural conditions produced through new and emerging technologies, and what kind of legal developments we might need for things like internet platforms, the growing use of machine learning, and automated decision-making. I also do various bits and pieces with computer scientists around developing legally compliant and accountable systems, particularly in complex, interconnected environments. For my PhD, I studied the use of machine learning in commercial and state internet surveillance, and the impact of these related forms of surveillance on society

Elements publications

Conference proceedings

2021

  • Cobbe, J., Lee, MSA. and Singh, J., 2021. Reviewable Automated Decision-Making: A Framework for Accountable Algorithmic Systems. FAccT,
  • Ball-Burack, A., Lee, MSA., Cobbe, J. and Singh, J., 2021. Differential Tweetment: Mitigating Racial Dialect Bias in Harmful Tweet Detection. FAccT 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency,
    Doi: 10.1145/3442188.3445875
  • 2020

  • Wagner, B., Rozgonyi, K., Sekwenz, MT., Cobbe, J. and Singh, J., 2020. Regulating transparency? Facebook, twitter and the German network enforcement act FAT* 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency,
    Doi: 10.1145/3351095.3372856
  • 2018

  • Norval, C., Janssen, H., Cobbe, J. and Singh, J., 2018. RECLAIMING Data: Overcoming App Identification Barriers for Exercising Data Protection Rights. UbiComp/ISWC Adjunct,
  • Cobbe, J., Lee, MSA. and Singh, J., Reviewable Automated Decision-Making: A Framework for Accountable Algorithmic Systems FAccT '21: Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency,
    Doi: 10.1145/3442188.3445921
  • Journal articles

    2021

  • Cobbe, J. and Singh, J., 2021. Artificial Intelligence as a Service: Legal Responsibilities, Liabilities, and Policy Challenges
  • 2020

  • Cobbe, J., Lee, MSA., Janssen, H. and Singh, J., 2020. Centering the Law in the Digital State Computer, v. 53
    Doi: 10.1109/MC.2020.3006623
  • Cobbe, J. and Singh, J., 2020. Reviewable Automated Decision-Making Computer Law and Security Review: the International Journal of Technology Law and Practice, v. 39
    Doi: 10.1016/j.clsr.2020.105475
  • Singh, J., Cobbe, J., Quoc, DL. and Tarkhani, Z., 2020. Enclaves in the clouds Queue, v. 18
  • Javadi, SA., Cloete, R., Cobbe, J., Lee, MSA. and Singh, J., 2020. Monitoring misuse for accountable 'Artificial intelligence as a service' AIES 2020 - Proceedings of the AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society,
    Doi: 10.1145/3375627.3375873
  • Singh, J., Cobbe, J., Quoc, DL. and Tarkhani, Z., 2020. Enclaves in the Clouds: Legal considerations and broader implications. ACM Queue, v. 18
    Doi: 10.1145/3442632.3448126
  • Javadi, SA., Cloete, R., Cobbe, J., Lee, MSA. and Singh, J., 2020. Monitoring Misuse for Accountable 'Artificial Intelligence as a Service'. CoRR, v. abs/2001.09723
  • 2019

  • Singh, J. and Cobbe, J., 2019. The Security Implications of Data Subject Rights. IEEE Secur. Priv., v. 17
  • Singh, J., Cobbe, J. and Norval, C., 2019. Decision Provenance: Harnessing Data Flow for Accountable Systems. IEEE Access, v. 7
  • Cobbe, J., 2019. Administrative law and the machines of government: Judicial review of automated public-sector decision-making Legal Studies, v. 39
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1017/lst.2019.9
  • Norval, C., Janssen, H., Cobbe, J. and Singh, J., 2019. Data Protection and Tech Startups: The Need for Attention, Support, and Scrutiny Policy and Internet, v. 13
    Doi: 10.1002/poi3.255
  • 2018

  • Norval, C., Cobbe, J., Janssen, H. and Singh, J., 2018. Reclaiming data: Overcoming app identification barriers for exercising data protection rights UbiComp/ISWC 2018 - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers,
    Doi: 10.1145/3267305.3274153
  • Singh, J., Cobbe, J. and Norval, C., 2018. Decision Provenance: Harnessing data flow for accountable systems IEEE Access, v. 7
    Doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2887201
  • Cobbe, J., 2018. Big Data, Surveillance, and the Digital Citizen
  • Cobbe, J., 2018. Casting the Dragnet: Communications Data Retention Under the Investigatory Powers Act Public Law,
  • Norval, C., Janssen, H., Cobbe, J. and Singh, J., Data protection and tech startups: The need for attention, support, and scrutiny Policy and Internet,
  • Singh, J., Millard, C., Reed, C., Cobbe, J. and Crowcroft, J., Accountability in the Internet of Things: Systems, law and ways forward IEEE Computer, v. 51
    Doi: 10.1109/MC.2018.3011052
  • Cobbe, J., Algorithmic Censorship by Social Platforms: Power and Resistance Philosophy & Technology,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-020-00429-0
  • Singh, J. and Cobbe, J., The security implications of data subject rights IEEE Security and Privacy,
  • Sandbrook, C., Clark, D., Toivonen, T., Simlai, T., O'Donnell, S., Cobbe, J. and Adams, W., Principles for the Socially Responsible Use of Conservation Monitoring Technology and Data Conservation Science and Practice,
  • Cobbe, J. and Morison, J., Understanding the Smart City: Framing the Challenges for Law and Good Governance
  • Janssen, H., Cobbe, J. and Singh, J., Personal information management systems: A user-centric privacy Utopia? Internet Policy Review, v. 9
    Doi: 10.14763/2020.4.1536
  • Heleen, J., Jennifer, C., Chris, N. and Singh, J., Decentralised Data Processing: Personal Data Stores and the GDPR International Data Privacy Law,
  • Norval, C., Cobbe, J. and Singh, J., Towards an accountable Internet of Things: A call for 'reviewability'
  • Cobbe, J. and Singh, J., Regulating Recommending: Motivations, Considerations, and Principles European Journal of Law and Technology, v. 10
  • Cobbe, J., Norval, C. and Singh, J., What Lies Beneath: Transparency in online service supply chains Journal of Cyber Policy,
    Doi: 10.1080/23738871.2020.1745860
  • Book chapters

    2020

  • Cobbe, J., 2020. Legal Singularity and the Reflexivity of Law
  • Contact Details

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    (01223) 7-63851
    Email: 

    jc2106@cam.ac.uk