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Trinity’s ADAPT Centre Launches Project to Protect Online Data2019 September 16

© University Times 16th September 2019

The project will empower users to understand how their data is being used in an age of AI and data harvesting.

Sárán FogartyContributing Writer

Trinity’s ADAPT centre today launched a new project that aims to protect personal data in an age of big data advancements and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Prof Dave Lewis, of ADAPT, is the European co-ordinator of the Horizone 2020 project, which is called AIDataGov and will seek to create new ways of empowering users to understand online risks to their data.

AIDataGov will also offer new ways for software developers to incorporate privacy, data protection and broader ethical considerations in the development of new digital services.

In a press statement, Lewis said that the “growing power of modern AI to draw insights and adapt online behaviour on massive streams of personal data is concentrated in the hand of a few large global players”.

He said the issue is a “growing source of concern for governments, industry and society in general”.

“Computer Scientists can’t fix these problems alone, so have to pursue new multidisciplinary approaches to the governance of data and the AI it feeds.”

The project will involve the recruitment of 14 early-stage researchers across the fields of law, ethics and computer science, who will work together to find new perspectives and solutions on how to govern the use of data by AI in an ethical and secure manner.

It was launched in Trinity today and included a public lecture by Prof Philip Brey, a researcher in philosophy and the ethics of technology in the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

The launch event was organised in collaboration with the Ethics & Privacy Working Group of the ADAPT Centre.