AI's impact on society, media & democracy

CWI Research Semester Programme on "AI's impact on Society, Media & Democracy".

27 May 2024 from 9:45 a.m. to 28 May 2024 6:30 p.m. CEST (GMT+0200)
CWI, Turing room, Science Park 125

Main seminar (27-28 May 2024)

How is AI impacting the media and our democratic processes? What can be expected in the near future, and what measures need to be taken to ensure society at large benefits from these rapid developments? The emergence of powerful AI (such as Large Language Models) is rapidly pervading our digital society and has the potential to profoundly transform people’s public and private lives. There is therefore an urgent need to explore how we can ensure that these developments are both enriching, beneficial and fair for society as a whole.

These topics will be discussed in the Research Semester Programme on AI’s Impact on Society, Media, and Democracy at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). This is a joint effort by the Intelligent and Autonomous Systems group, the Human-Centered Data Analytics group, and the Distributed & Interactive Systems group. This programme is supported by the larger AI, Media, and Democracy (AIMD) lab initiative.

Visit the main event page on the website 'AI, Media and Democracy Lab' for more information about the event and the programme.

Registration is closed


  • Michiel Bakker (DeepMind)
  • Henriette Cramer (AI Trust & Safety leader)
  • Mathias Felipe De Lima Santos (Macquarie University) - remote
  • Natali Helberger (University of Amsterdam)
  • Takayuki Ito (Kyoto University)
  • Mark Klein (MIT)
  • Linda Kool (Rathenau Instituut)
  • Cynthia Liem (Delft University of Technology)
  • Bennie Mols (Author/Speaker)
  • Mor Naaman (Cornell Tech) - Remote
  • Hadfi Rafik (Kyoto University)
  • S. Shyam Sundar (Penn State University)
  • Nava Tintarev (Maastricht University)
  • Pascal Wiggers (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

Next to the main seminar, CWI also organizes a workshop on 23 and 24 April titled 'Large Language Models for media and democracy: wrecking or saving society?'.