Gry Hasselbalch is an author and scholar specialised in the powers and interests of the big data and AI era. She has been working in the academic, policy and awareness raising field of technology politics and digital human rights for close to two decades.

In 2015 Gry co-founded the European thinkdotank and is today Director of Research leading the thinktank’s academic activities. She furthermore in 2021 founded and is co-leading the Data Pollution & Power Initiative at the University of Bonn’s Institute of Science and Ethics’ Sustainable AI Lab. 

Gry has been tasked by international institutions and governments on multiple occasions as an independent expert, among others by: the European Research Council, ERC, the Danish government’s first Data Ethics Expert Committee and as a member of the EU High Level Expert Group on AI that developed EU’s AI ethics guidelines contributing directly to the EU’s AI strategy.  She is the Research Lead and Senior Key Expert in the EU’s International Outreach for a Human-Centric Approach to Artificial Intelligence ( initiative that supports the European Commission in engaging with international partners on regulatory and ethical matters and promoting the responsible development of trustworthy AI at global level.

Between 2005 to 2014, she was a driving force in the field of youth online protection and empowerment in the pan European network of national centres in 30 EU countries, Insafe. For many years active at the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) around the world she at the 2013 IGF established the Global Privacy as Innovation Network.

She has a M.A. in Communications and Cultural Studies from Goldsmith’s College, University of London and a PhD. in data ethics from the University of Copenhagen.

Books and talks

Gry is an author of articles, reports and books, and is often invited for key notes, as MoC, panel debates and presentations worldwide to speak about the ethics, power dynamics and interests of big data and AI.

Her latest critically acclaimed book Data Ethics of Power – A Human Approach in the Big Data and AI Era, published with Edward Elgar in 2021, provides an innovative ethical framework for studying and governing Big Data and Artificial Intelligence with a focus on power dynamics. The book Data Ethics- The New Competitive Advantage (Hasselbalch & Tranberg) published in 2016 in Danish and English was one of the early books to describe not only the privacy implications of big data business practices, but the broader social and ethical implications.