Portrait of Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius
Portrait of Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius

AI and Risks of Discrimination: Can the Law Protect People?

Friday 15 March 2024, 3 pm - 5:30 pm
Prof. Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius is researching the legal challenges of AI and the risks of discrimination associated with it. In recent years, it has become evident that AI systems can also have discriminatory effects.

Consider a facial recognition system that does not work well for people with darker skin tones, a translation service that generates stereotypical texts, or a CV selection system that disproportionately favours male candidates without a valid basis. How can we develop systems that minimize unintended and unjustified distinctions between groups of people?

AI (Artificial Intelligence) has the potential to greatly benefit our society in various fields. However, AI also brings risks, including the risk of discrimination. Existing laws partially protect citizens against this discrimination. Useful rules are included in general non-discrimination law, and soon, a number of rules will be codified in the new European AI regulation. This regulation, the world's first comprehensive AI law, contains rules for the use of artificial intelligence in the EU.

However, these rules also leave gaps. New regulations are needed to better protect people against unfair differentiation. In his lecture Prof. Zuiderveen Borgesius will show that current laws can only partially protect citizens and will highlight the pitfalls of AI legislation regarding discrimination.

Since 2019, Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius has been a professor of ICT and law at Radboud University. At Radboud University, he is affiliated with the iHub, the Interdisciplinary Hub for Security, Privacy, and Data Governance. His research interests include privacy, data protection, discrimination, and freedom of expression, especially in the context of new technologies. He often enriches legal research with insights from other disciplines, collaborating with economists, computer scientists, and communication scholars.

Are you interested in AI and discrimination legislation related to AI? Do you want to learn more about the legal aspects of technology that increasingly influences our daily lives? Sign up today!


15:00 - 15:30  Welcome with coffee and tea
15:30 - 16:30  Lecture and tour
16:30 - 17:30  Social mixer

Language lecture

Dutch (Nederlands)

Friday 15 March 2024, 3 pm - 5:30 pm
Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius
Huygens building
Faculty of Science
Contact information

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