Populism, Technology and Law

Open to the Public
Nador u. 15
Quantum room
Academic Area: 
Monday, September 16, 2019 - 9:30am
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Monday, September 16, 2019 - 9:30am to 5:30pm

This one-day workshop brings together a multidisciplinary group of experts with the aim of responding to two major questions: 

  • What is the relationship between populist politics and new digital technologies, like artificial intelligence and machine learning?
  • How should we govern AI and machine learning ?

Hyper-targeted misinformation, election manipulation and pervasive surveillance are just some of the new tools afforded to overt and covert political actors by powerful new technologies. In the wake of recent scandals related to the potential of such methods to undermine trust, create societal polarisation and challenge democratic processes, there is an urgent need to align the development and application of these technologies with fundamental rights and norms. 

Confirmed speakers include:

Harry Armstrong, Head of Technology Futures at Nesta

Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor to the European Commission and Director for Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

Judit Sandor, Director of CELAB, professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Legal Studies and Gender Studies of the Central European University (CEU)

Mackenzie Nelson, Researcher and Project Manager at AlgorithmWatch

Marius Dragomir, Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society at CEU

Fanny Hidvégi, European Policy Manager at AccessNow

Michael Veale, Researcher at the Alan Turing Institute

Places at the workshop are limited, please, contact us if you are interested in attending the event.