Disrupting Technological Innovation? Towards an Ethical and Legal Framework (2019)

This project aims at contributing to an ethical and normative framework for the regulation of  technological innovation. Building on the phase 1 project (2018) that focused  on information technology, artificial intelligence and the platform economy, this phase 2 project investigates  the perspective of fundamental rights and general principles governing  the life cycle of new digital technologies and surveillance techniques. 

An interdisciplinary problem-solving approach is to include both theoretical and empirical research including experimental ‘living lab’ simulations. Previously successful collaborations (with Eindhoven Design Academy and the  Academy of Art and Design St. Joost, partners from industry, regulatory agencies, ministries and the media) will be continued.

Part of this project is dedicated to the Hersenvredebreuk project on brain hacking and brain jacking, as a follow up on phase 1 research on the Dutch Law on Intelligence and Security Services. 

The other part of this project will focus  on a critical analysis of ‘regulation by design’ (incl. the EU General Data Protection Regulation) through interviews and test meetings (on the basis of participatory design methodology), working towards a concrete and practical outcomes. The whole project involves collaboration with (external) partners and the student body. Other activities include the development of an executive education programme for professionals and researchers, joint publications and a final interdisciplinary conference.

Past events

17 October 2019 (12.00-13.00, Utrecht)

Lunch Seminar – “African (sub-Saharan) Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence: Towards Inclusive Global AI Governance”

The purpose of this unique lunch seminar was to critically reflect on the following questions: how inclusive are the existing international initiatives to build regulatory frameworks for AI? Whose perspectives are considered in the process of building the frameworks? This lunch seminar was given by Mr. Arthur Gwagwa. He is a Zimbabwean lawyer, a senior research associate at Strathmore law school in Nairobi, a member of the Open Technology Fund Advisory Council, the IEEE working group on algorithmic bias considerations. He has contributed to various United Nations projects on different themes including the right to privacy, AI ethics and to Global Affairs Canada Symposium on AI geopolitics.

4 October 2019 (12.00-18.00, Utrecht)

Werkconferentie Hersenvredebreuk (Working conference on brainhacking and brainjacking)

This important working conference was organised by the Centre for Global Challenges, in collaboration with the Centre for the Humanities and specifically intended to bring together representatives of politics, the intelligence and security services, the supervision thereof, the judiciary and journalism. The aim was to explore the theme of possible future brainhacking by intelligence and security services from these different areas, and to identify needs for further investigation.

Read the follow-up news brief.

30 September 2019 (12.00-13.00, Utrecht)

Lunch Seminar – “History of Artificial Intelligence”

The purpose of this lunch seminar was to give a critical overview of the history of AI, highlighting the diversity of approaches and paradigms existing within the discipline, and some of the mechanisms underpinning the cyclical nature of its successes. This lunch seminar was given by Dr. Giovanni Sileno, a researcher at the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam. Dr. Sileno has been working on the conception of a computer-aided policy-making environment exploiting models of intentional agents, to be applied on several applicative domains (digital marketplace, healthcare, organizational information systems). Dr. Sileno has been working in various fields related to AI and Computer Science research, as AI & Law, Data Science and Cognitive Science.