Manuel Wörsdörfer

Manuel Wörsdörfer is an assistant professor at the Maine Business School and School of Computing and Information Science and an associate member of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. Before joining UMaine, he was an instructor at the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism and a member of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, as well as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” and a member of the Centre for Business Ethics at Goethe University Frankfurt. He also worked as a visiting research fellow at Beijing University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Toronto, and York University. Manuel’s research focuses on business and human rights, AI ethics, big tech and antitrust, and climate finance. Most of his research has been presented at leading international conferences, such as the annual conferences of the Australasian Business Ethics Network, the European Business Ethics Network, and the Society for Business Ethics. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including AI and Ethics, Business and Society Review, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, History of Economic Ideas, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Ethics Education, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, OEconomia, Philosophy of Management, Philosophy & Technology, The Antitrust Bulletin, Transnational Legal Theory, and Journal for Business, Economics, and Ethics.

The EU’s AI Act Shows How To Regulate AI. It Could Be Improved

In light of the rise of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and recent debates about the socio-political implications of large-language models and chatbots, Manuel Wörsdörfer analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the European Union’s Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA), the world’s first comprehensive attempt by a government body to address and mitigate the potential negative impacts of AI technologies. He recommends areas where the AIA could be improved.

The Shared Roots of (Neo-)Brandeisianism and Ordoliberalism Suggest How To Regulate Big Tech

In new research, Manuel Wörsdörfer compares the philosophies of two formative antitrust thinkers writing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States and Europe: Louis D. Brandeis and Walter Eucken. A discussion of their body of thought highlights the antitrust concerns of the time and how their positions can be adapted to today’s regulatory environment, particularly regarding Big Tech.

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