Working paper: A Framework for a Data Interest Analysis

This article makes a case for a data interest analysis of artificial intelligence (AI) that ex- plores how different interests in data are empowered or disempowered by design. The article uses the EU High-Level Expert Group on AI’s Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI as an applied ethics approach to data interests with a human-centric ethical…

EUs Digital, AI and Data Strategy lacks ambition on ethics and Trustworthy AI

The strategy is ambitious on advancing the European AI uptake and taking back control over a European data space. But it lacks ambition when creating the conditions for a thriving ethical and trustworthy AI and data space. On 19th February 2020 the European Commission published a comprehensive strategy on the digital, AI and data future…

EU High Level Expert Group on AI launches policy recommendations

The policy recommendations of the EU High Level Group on AI were published 26th June 2019. DataEthics.eus cofounder Gry Hasselbalch was one of the 52 experts assigned with the tasks to create ethical guidelines (published earlier this year) and policy recommendations for the development of AI in Europe. Here she presents in a blog post…

A human centric approach to AI: The EU Ethics Guidelines for AI

The EU’s first ethics guidelines on AI have been published. Dataethics.eu’s cofounder Gry Hasselbalch is a member of the EC High Level Expert Group that developed the guidelines. She sat down on the day of the launch and outlined her personal perspective on the guidelines and the process of developing them in five points. See…

Let’s talk about AI

The way we talk about AI limits us in what we think we can do with it. If we want AI that benefits a human evolution, we need a way of talking about it that respects our human values.  AI is everywhere. And nowhere. Because what do we actually mean when we talk about AI?…

Chapter in New book: AI – The Data Ethics Perspective

Artificially intelligent technologies are complex data processing systems that pose several ethical challenges. We should consider the data intensity of these technologies and find solutions to the ethical implications in legislation, design and society in general. We develop intelligent systems to create order in our messy contemporary reality, but very rarely do we put demands…

Data Ethics Principles and Guidelines

Finally, me and my team mates in DataEhics.eu got spare time to develop a set of data ethics principles and guidelines. They are based on years of work and hands on experiences with the life of data handling and practices in organisations and businesses and combines our legal and humanistic knowledge. Our point of departure…

It’s Time for a Data Ethics Impact Assessment

 Data protection impact assessments (DPIA), also referred to as Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA), are compulsory under the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But ensuring an organization or business’ data protection compliance now and in the future is the bare minimum. In a world of data networks that increasingly shape and define everything from…

Let’s talk about AI

BLOG: If we want to design ethical AI that benefits a human evolution, we need a way of talking about it that respects our human values and quirks. 

A call for an AI Ethics and Social Impact Analysis

We ask artificially intelligent systems to make order in our messy modern realities, but very rarely do we question what type of order. This is a call for an historical awareness of the social systems that we are building: Which social, cultural norms, values and interests do they represent, reinforce and enact?

Key note IAPP Data Protection Intensive

 IAPPs Data Protection Intensive, London, March 2017. The IAPP is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit organization that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally.

CPDP 2017: Ethics in the Age of Intelligent Machines

– by Gry Hasselbalch (based on panel debate participation, Ethics, Observational Platforms, Mathematics and Fundamental Rights, CPDP, Brussels, 2017) A few years ago a social media company decided to do some experiments on its users. Filling their news feeds with positive or negative stories, they were measuring hundreds of thousands of people’s emotional reactions. When…

Debating Data Ethics at CPDP 2017

SEE THE DEBATE HERE  “Legally you can do a lot with data right now, and a lot is done with data, that is not in the best interest of the individual. This is where we revisit ethics. When the laws and formal systems are not enough.”

Privacy is still alive and kicking in the digital age

by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg, first published in TechCrunch 25th December 2016 Our lives are lived in data. Data crossing borders and connected in virtual space. Most often, it appears, we live in open and too easily accessible data networks. States and corporations are watching us through data, and we are watching each other…

Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage/Tech Crunch

The following is an abstract from the book Data Ethics — The New Competitive Advantage (2016) by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg,  TechCrunch, Nov 12, 2016. We are living in an era defined and shaped by data. Data makes the world go round. It is politics, it is culture, it is everyday life and it is business. Our data-flooded era…

Is True Online Privacy Only for the Rich?

by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg First appeared in DailyDot 23rd October BLOG: How come Facebook knows that I have a mother with Alzheimer’s, a woman asked the other day. She was sure that she hadn’t provided the social medium with such sensitive information. But when quizzed a bit further, she confirmed that she had…

Modern Alchemy: Solving the AI Mystery

“Algorithms you get me like no other”. A person is leaning into a hole in an otherwise empty plain wall. Outside is a big sky with billions of distant stars. “30 songs you didn’t know you loved yet”, continues the Spotify ad. A spot for your eyes to dwell and escape as you rumble through…

Who decides what privacy is?

Blog (updated 15 June 2016): There’s a battle of words going on, the battle is about the definition of “privacy”, and it’s been going on for centuries. Somehow we’ve led ourselves to believe that the definition of privacy that we all think we share is something intrinsically connected to the individual. But actually it’s not….

Virtual reality is coming and it’s sending your data to Facebook

– by Gry Hasselbalch In 2015 one of the most promising virtual reality products Oculus Rift reached the headlines of the world tech press. Oculus Rift has been described as expensive, but worth every penny. For the few that were able to test the device before its release, they primarily described is as an amazing experience, – a…