Dr Maria Cristi­na Cal­daro­la – Host of “Duet Interviews”

What is Duet about?

Duet is a series of month­ly blogs where I inter­view a guest on top­ics relat­ed to Big Data.

I will be ask­ing legal, eth­i­cal, tech­ni­cal, geo-polit­i­cal and even philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions sur­round­ing Big Data today to delve more deeply into dis­cus­sions about why and how Big Data is chang­ing our present and our future.

To address these burn­ing issues, I will be speak­ing with guests from a wide and diverse spec­trum of expertise.

My wish is that Duet become a forum for thought­ful yet provoca­tive exchanges on the chal­lenges brought about by Big Data.

My guests and I will swap ideas, iden­ti­fy chal­lenges, pro­pose solu­tions and, in the process, make the sub­ject of Big Data more inspir­ing and, above all, rel­e­vant to our readers.

Why Big Data as a topic?

Big Data is about dis­cov­er­ing new and unex­pect­ed links, rela­tion­ships, and cor­re­la­tions between dif­fer­ent sets of data. Big Data is poised to pro­vide poten­tial­ly dis­rup­tive inno­va­tions in sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy. It inspires me to think that inno­va­tion stem­ming from Big Data may become the major growth cat­a­lyst for our Gross Nation­al Product.

What is Big Data? How does it work at the tech­no­log­i­cal lev­el? Which legal require­ments exist? How do indi­vid­u­als and soci­ety deal with data? Which inter­ven­tions will be allowed in favour of pub­lic wel­fare and which inter­ven­tions eschewed for the sake of pre­serv­ing per­son­al pri­va­cy? Legal, tech­ni­cal, eco­nom­ic as well as eth­i­cal / cul­tur­al issues sur­round­ing Big Data have led me to explore its appli­ca­tions and its poten­tial for innovation.

Informed by my pro­fes­sion­al back­ground in intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty and now active in the field of data pro­tec­tion, includ­ing top­ics such as Big Data and its legal ram­i­fi­ca­tions, my pro­fes­sion­al life inter­sects the fields of law and technology.

By means of Duet, I would like to expand my inquiries to include eco­nom­i­cal, eth­i­cal, cul­tur­al and social dimen­sions as they are influ­enced and shaped by Big Data.

In my Duet con­ver­sa­tions I will acquaint my read­ers with the most impor­tant voic­es of our time from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and coun­tries as well as from diverse specializations.

The com­plex­i­ty of Big Data issues has often been men­tioned and is, in my view, due to the dif­fer­ences in nation­al laws, cul­tures and atti­tudes. This is pre­cise­ly why through Duet I will bring in mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary and cross-bor­der voic­es to share their insights with read­ers and trans­form com­plex issues into clear, inspi­ra­tional as well as thought-pro­vok­ing topics.

Why are Duet and Big Data impor­tant to me?

Big Data can pro­vide new and pos­si­bly unex­pect­ed rela­tion­ships between data and may result in new find­ings and – poten­tial­ly dis­rup­tive – inno­va­tions in science.

At the same time, it dis­turbs our tra­di­tion­al ways of think­ing and our estab­lished man­ner of doing things.

I am inter­est­ed in explor­ing these new and fresh ideas with­in a com­plex con­text of legal, tech­no­log­i­cal, eth­i­cal and eco­nom­ic issues.

Our jour­ney through Big Data will take us through the unfa­mil­iar ter­rain of shift­ing ideas and atti­tudes and will help us expose the cur­rent trade-offs between the legal foun­da­tions, social and cul­tur­al diver­si­ty and the eco­nom­ics of Big Data.

I intend for Duet to become a bridge between dif­fer­ent views and cul­tur­al approach­es to Big Data and to build on cross-dis­ci­pline and cross-bor­der pro­fes­sion­al exper­tise to tack­le chal­lenges that Big Data pos­es for soci­ety and in our dai­ly lives.

About me

Dr Maria Cristi­na Cal­daro­la, LL.M., MBA is an expe­ri­enced IP/IT in-house lawyer at Robert Bosch GmbH with respon­si­bil­i­ties at the glob­al level.

Dr Cal­daro­la is a well-known legal expert of inter­na­tion­al repute. Her spe­cial­ties include licens­ing, patents, trade­marks, domains, soft­ware, data pro­tec­tion, cloud, Big Data, dig­i­tal eco-sys­tems and Indus­try 4.0 among oth­ers. She has a proven track record of elab­o­rat­ing and imple­ment­ing glob­al IP and IT strate­gies to enhance the mar­ket posi­tion of the client in ques­tion and is trust­ed busi­ness part­ner for new top­ics, such as open-source soft­ware, effec­tive strate­gies for pira­cy, Big Data, Indus­try 4.0, cloud, dig­i­tal eco-sys­tems and brand cre­ation in man­age­ment boards. Dr Cal­daro­la is known for pro­vid­ing proac­tive advice which includes robust risk assessment.

The legal expert is also the co-founder and CEO of CU3IC UG, a con­sul­tan­cy spe­cial­iz­ing in sys­tem­at­ic approach­es to inno­va­tion, such as algo­rith­mic IP data analy­sis and cross-indus­try search­es for inno­v­a­tive solu­tions for SME in the cross-indus­tri­al sec­tor and BOP markets.

Dr Cal­daro­la is a TRI­UM MBA, a fre­quent keynote speak­er, a lec­tur­er at St. Gallen, and the co-author of the recent­ly pub­lished Big Data and Law, now avail­able in Eng­lish, Ger­man and Man­darin edi­tions. Nev­er one to rest on her lau­rels, she is cur­rent­ly pro­duc­ing a series of thought-pro­vok­ing inter­views with var­i­ous experts on numer­ous top­ics, includ­ing the impact of dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy, data havens, futur­ism and many others.

Dr Maria Cristina Caldarola

Dr Maria Cristina Caldarola, LL.M., MBA is the host of “Duet Interviews”, co-founder and CEO of CU³IC UG, a consultancy specialising in systematic approaches to innovation, such as algorithmic IP data analysis and cross-industry search for innovation solutions.

Cristina is a well-regarded legal expert in licensing, patents, trademarks, domains, software, data protection, cloud, big data, digital eco-systems and industry 4.0.

A TRIUM MBA, Cristina is also a frequent keynote speaker, a lecturer at St. Gallen, and the co-author of the recently published Big Data and Law now available in English, German and Mandarin editions.