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AI, Media & Democracy Lab

The AI, Media & Democracy Lab is a collaboration of the University of Amsterdam, Hogeschool van Amsterdam and CWI. Here, researchers in the so-called ELSA Labs will join forces with media companies and cultural institutions to increase knowledge about the development and application of reliable, human-centred AI.

AI, Media & Democracy ELSA Lab

The AI, Media & Democracy ELSA Lab is one of the honoured projects within the category Economy, Domestic Governance and Culture & Media, and investigates the impact of AI on the democratic function of media. Together with journalists, media professionals, designers, citizens, fellow researchers and public and civil society partners, the Lab develops and tests value-driven, human-centred AI applications and ethical and legal frameworks for responsible use of AI.

The aim of the Lab is to encourage innovative AI applications that strengthen the democratic function of media. It collaborates with partners such as RTL, DPG Media, NPO, Sound and Vision, Media Perspectives, NEMO Kennislink, Waag Society, Municipality of Amsterdam, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Media Authority, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht University, Cultural AI Lab, Royal Library, BBC and the Bayrischer Rundfunk AI Lab.

Research Leads

Prof. dr. C.H. (Claes) de Vreese

Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Society

Prof. dr. N. (Natali) Helberger

Distinguished University Professor Law & Digital Technology, with a special focus on AI