Within this lab the research partners work together at the crossroads of AI, Media & Democracy, attempting to stimulate innovative AI applications that will actually strengthen the democratic function of the media.
The lab officially opened on Wednesday 14 September 2022 in Eye Amsterdam.
Misinformation is just one of many problems we face with the rise of artificial intelligence. Technology is impacting our democracy in an unprecedented way. Democracies around the world are currently coming under pressure from outside and within. At the same time, western media landscapes are becoming ever more polarised. The rise of artificial intelligence is impacting both areas in unprecedented ways, further complicating the picture. These developments are the reason why CWI, UvA and HvA initiated the AIM4DEM Lab.
The lab is a collaboration between the research teams of the UvA’s Human(e) AI and ICDS - Information, Communication and the Data Society (itself a collaboration between the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) and the Institute for Information Law (IViR)), three CWI research groups: Human-Centred Data Analytics, Distributed and Interactive Systems, and Intelligent and Autonomous Systems, and the AUAS research groups Responsible IT, Network Cultures, Civic Interaction Design, Creative Media for Social Change and Visual Methodologies.
The Lab was awarded the ‘ELSA’ (Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects) status by the Dutch AI Coalition. The goal of the ELSA Labs is to ensure that companies, government, knowledge institutions, civil society organizations and citizens jointly develop responsible applications of AI.
Within the lab, researchers will work together with journalists, media professionals, designers, citizens, fellow researchers and public and societal partners, to investigate the impact of AI on the democratic functions of the media. Together with these partners, they will develop and test value-driven, human-centric AI applications, as well as ethical and legal frameworks for the responsible use of AI.