Shaping the applied sciences that influence our democracy — CWI Amsterdam

Democracies all over the world are at present coming underneath strain from each with out and inside. On the similar time, western media landscapes have gotten ever extra polarised. The rise of synthetic intelligence is impacting each areas in unprecedented methods, additional complicating the image. The brand new AI, Media & Democracy Lab, which formally opened on Wednesday, 14 September, with an occasion in Amsterdam’s Eye Movie Museum, might be working on the crossroads of the three areas, making an attempt to stimulate revolutionary AI functions that may truly strengthen the democratic operate of the media. The Lab is a collaboration between the UvA, the Amsterdam College of Utilized Sciences (AUAS) and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Dutch Nationwide Analysis Institute for Arithmetic and Laptop Science.

‘Expertise doesn’t simply occur to us. It’s as much as all of us – builders, journalists, editors, artists, lecturers, regulators and residents – to form the applied sciences that influence our democracy.’ Natali Helberger, co-founder of the AI, Media & Democracy Lab

ELSA standing

The brand new Lab, which has been awarded ELSA standing by the Dutch AI Coalition, will work along with journalists, media professionals, designers, residents, fellow researchers and public and societal companions, to analyze the influence of AI on the democratic features of the media. The researchers will develop and check value-driven, human-centric AI functions, in addition to moral and authorized frameworks for the accountable use of AI.

Nanda Piersma, lecturer in Accountable IT and scientific director of the Centre of Experience Utilized AI (AUAS), and CWI researcher: “The appliance of AI isn’t trivial and shouldn’t be the ultimate step of a analysis course of. This lab might be a spot to invent collectively. We are going to co-create in a sandbox setting, bringing AI options to the sphere step-by-step, by discussing, modelling, constructing, testing, and at last implementing.”

Companions throughout Europe

The Lab – which has been awarded a grant of two.1 million euros as a part of the Dutch Analysis Council’s programme ‘Human-centred AI for an inclusive society: In direction of an ecosystem of belief’ – might be collaborating with companions from across the Netherlands and throughout Europe, together with RTL, NPO, the Dutch Media Authority, the Royal Library of the Netherlands, the BBC and the Bayrischer Rundfunk AI Lab, and plenty of extra.

Pablo Cesar, group chief of Distributed and Interactive Techniques at CWI and professor of Human-Centered Multimedia Techniques at TU Delft: “New applied sciences include societal and moral challenges associated to data high quality and viewers interplay. Considered one of our approaches might be to incorporate algorithmic options in opposition to disinformation and polarisation. We might be on the lookout for human-centric options to these challenges and in addition for rising citizen participation.”

In regards to the AI, Media & Democracy Lab

The AI, Media & Democracy Lab is a collaboration between the analysis groups of the UvA’s Human(e) AI and ICDS – Info, Communication and the Knowledge Society (itself a collaboration between the Amsterdam Faculty of Communication Analysis (ASCoR) and the Institute for Info Legislation (IViR)), the CWI analysis teams Human-Centred Knowledge Analytics, Distributed and Interactive Techniques and Clever and Autonomous Techniques, and the AUAS analysis teams Accountable IT, Community Cultures, Civic Interplay Design, Inventive Media for Social Change and Visible Methodologies.

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