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How did algorithms, big data, and artificial intelligence become the inevitable answer to global challenges? Political rationality is rising across the world which situates emerging technology as key to social, political, and economic transformations. National security questions are increasingly approached through algorithmic realities while humanitarian action to govern precarious lives becomes entangled with big tech companies and start-ups. Yet these technologies also seem to amplify existing hierarchies and replicate social divisions, themselves products of historical and contemporary politics of exclusion, prompting us to ask: What visions of societal progress are imagined through emerging technology? What is the prospect for collective action and democratic imaginaries in the context of these new rationalities?
Join this inquisitive talk on March 30th, 12 P.M. CET, moderated by our postdoctoral researcher,
Randon Taylor, with Claudia Ardau, Professor Dr in International Politics at King's College University London, and our RPA's Private Investigator and Professor in Digital Humanities Tobias Blanke.

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Summer School on Computational Social Choice
During the week of 17-21 July 2023, the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) will be organising a Summer School on Computational Social Choice at Science Park. The RPA Human(e) AI is one of the sponsors of the school.

Computational social choice is concerned with both normative and algorithmic aspects of collective decision-making. The scientific programme of the school will include lectures by Vincent Conitzer (Carnegie Mellon & Oxford), Piotr Faliszewski (AGH Kraków), Reshef Meir (Technion), Dominik Peters (Paris-Dauphine), Clemens Puppe (KIT Karlsruhe), Anaëlle Wilczynski (Paris-Saclay), and Zoi Terzopoulou (Saint-Etienne). 

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Join us on Monday, April 17th, from 16:00 to 17:30 CET, with professor Dr Rachel E. Stern who will talk about the Chinese legal system and its increasingly widespread adoption of AI in its judiciary. Chinese courts have come to lead the world in their efforts to deploy automated pattern analysis to monitor judges, standardize decision-making, and observe trends in society. Prof. dr. Stern examines these developments and asks how these developments impact judicial power. Although technology is certainly being used to strengthen social control and boost the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, examining recent developments in the Chinese courts complicates common portrayals of China as a rising exemplar of digital authoritarianism. Here you can find a link to the article which will be discussed during the talk.

Rachel E. Stern is a Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Berkeley and currently holds the Pamela P. Fong and Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies. Her research looks at law in Mainland China and Hong Kong, especially the relationship between legal institution building, political space, and professionalization.

This talk will be moderated by Ljubiša Metikoš, our RPA's PhD candidate in Digital Justice. A notable mention is that this Humane Conversation will not be recorded.

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How does data science inform environmental policy? Why is it important that we value research outputs in a future-proof way? And how can we foster true-to-life and ethical data science? Some important discussions on the way we conduct research are taking place in the world of data science today. Exciting topics will be addressed by 3 world-leading data scientists on Friday 24 March 2023!

The UvA Data Science Centre (DSC), part of the University Library, is excited to host this event on how innovations in data science and AI can improve our world.
Prof. Francesca Dominici, (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Prof. Eva Méndez, (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)), and Dr Micaela Parker (Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA), United States) will be in Amsterdam to share their insights on some of the latest developments in data science. The speakers are all members of the UvA Data Science Centre International Advisory Board.

Presentations will be concluded with a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Dr Tessa Blanken, Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychological Methods Department UvA.
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Missed one of our last Humane Conversations? In this talk, dr. Allen Munoriyarwa, Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, explores widespread scepticism among journalists about AI deployment in South Africa’s newsrooms in a conversation with Mathias Felipe de Lima Santos - our postdoctoral researcher in Responsible AI for the RPA Human(e) AI.

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