Workshop: Populism, Law and Technology

Budapest. September 16, 2019

The Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine at CEU is organizing a small, 1-day workshop on the topic of Populism, Law and Technology.

The workshop will take place on the 16th of September 2019 at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Here’s a brief blurb about the event’s topic:

Hyper-targeted misinformation, election manipulation and pervasive surveillance are just some of the new tools afforded to overt and covert political actors by powerful technological advances. In the wake of scandals related to the potential of such methods to undermine trust, create societal polarisation and challenge democratic processes, there is an urgent need to align the development and application of these technologies with fundamental rights and norms. We ask: In what ways do innovations in areas like artificial intelligence and machine learning support populist tendencies, and what protective mechanisms are available to subvert such developments?
Confirmed speakers include:
-Harry Armstrong, Head of Technology Futures at Nesta;

-Marius Dragomir, Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society at CEU;

-Fanny Hidvégi, European Policy Manager at AccessNow;

-Mackenzie Nelson, Researcher and Project Manager at AlgorithmWatch;

-Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor to the European Commission and Director for Fundamental Rights and Citizenship;

-Michael Veale, Researcher at the Alan Turing Institute
The workshop is free to attend but places are limited. If you would like to join, please send a short introductory email to

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