RUAS Talk 3: More data, less freedom?
By: Maaike Harbers, professorArtificial Intelligence & Society
Many countries are experimenting with 'corona' apps, and the popularity of monitoring software for employees who are working from home has risen sharply since the pandemic. The fact that such applications collect much data from citizens is controversial. Infringement of privacy is by far the most frequently heard argument against ever-increasing data collection. The focus on privacy, however, mainly draws attention to the consequences of data sharing for individual citizens, as a result of which even greater social effects are likely to be overlooked. This talk addresses the consequences of large-scale data collection for our society and, in particular, the threat to our (digital) freedom. Examples are 'corona' apps, software that assesses applicants, and social credit schemes.
Maaike Harbers is Professor Artificial Intelligence & Society at Research Centre Creating 010 and Research Lecturer for the study programme Creative Media and Game Technologies (CMGT), both at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. She conducts research into the influence of artificial intelligence on values such as privacy, freedom and equality, and how designers can develop new technology (artificial intelligence in particular) based on values. For example, she has developed various design methods within the Value Sensitive Design approach that help designers to take into account the ethical and social consequences of technology. In addition, she is responsible for the development of the conversation tool 'Make Me Think', which is used in various study programmes.