Bio

Gry Hasselbalch is an independent senior researcher. She holds a Ph.D in data ethics and power (Data Ethics of Power: A Human  Approach to Big Data and AI). Gry was a member of the European Commission’s EU High Level Expert Group on AI that in 2018-2020 developed EU’s AI ethics guidelines, coined the term “Trustworthy AI” and contributed directly to the EU’s AI strategy. Moreover, she was a member of the previous Danish government’s first data ethics group (2018). She is cofounder of DataEthics – a thinkdotank that has provided knowledge and collaboration on data ethics since 2015.  In 2021-2022 Gry is leading the Data Pollution & Power Initiative at the University of Bonn’s Instititute of Science and Ethics’ AI Lab. 

In detail

Trustworthy AI Gry was a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert group on AI that developed the ethics guidelines , ethics assessment list and policy recommendations for the development of AI in Europe. The recommendations from the group are included in the European Commission‘s five-year plan, and will be part of the Multiannual Financial Framework up until 2027. In addition, she was a long time committee member of the IEEE’s Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems  and is the Vice Chair of the P7006 – IEEE Standard for Personal Data Artificial Intelligence (AI) Agent). In 2021-2022 Gry is leading the Data Pollution & Power Initiative at the University of Bonn’s Instititute of Science and Ethics’ AI Lab.

Data Ethics Gry is one of the founders of the thinkdotank DataEthics. and has for years worked to include data ethics in policy making and business development.   She was one of the 12 members of the first data ethics expert committee established to create recommendations for the Danish government. Gry also created the ‘Privacy as Innovation’– series of sessions, background papers and network at the UN Internet Governance Forum that brought together civil society, governmental and industry stakeholders. Gry is regularly invited as an ethics reviewer for the European Research Council and the Horizon2020 on major EC funded projects concerning emerging technologies, robotics and AI. Her influential book Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage that she wrote together with Pernille Tranberg presents data ethics best practices in companies and delineates a new ethical awareness in policy, citizen behavior and industry development worldwide. Gry has a PhD in data ethics from University of Copenhagen.

Talks and press Gry is invited to talk at venues worldwide. See for example this Mozilla Talk  (Paris), this keynote on data ethics as a competitive advantage (Copenhagen), this CPDP debate on ethical data handling (Brussels), this UN Internet Governance Forum on ethics and IoT(Brazil) This UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab Podcast on data and power. She has on several occassions been invited to speak at international agenda setting policy fora such as the German Marshall fund’s Brussels Forum 2019 and the Club of Three’s plenary meeting 2019. Gry is often called upon by media as an expert (see e.g. Al Jazeera1, AlJazeera2, Tech for Good Life podcast).

Research Gry holds a Ph.D in data ethics and power (Data Ethics of Power: A Human Approach to Big Data and AI) from University of Copenhagen.  It presents a “data ethics of power” as an action-oriented analytical framework concerned with making visible the distribution of power and power relations in the Big Data Society and the conditions of their negotiation and distribution, in order to point to design, business, policy, social and cultural processes that support a human-centric distribution of power.

Publications Gry’s influential book Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage that she wrote together with Pernille Tranberg presents data ethics best practices in companies and delineates a new ethical awareness in policy, citizen behavior and industry development worldwide. Her next book on the human approach to big data and AI and a data ethics of power will be published at Edward Elgar Publishing. She has published a range of  reports and articles. See also for example recent articles and reports:

Youth and the internet Gry was a driving force in the field of youth online rights, technology and privacy working for many years in the Danish Media Council where she established the national EU Safer Internet Centre. As a key component in the pan European network of the national centres in 30 EU countries Insafe, she acted in policy settings as national and European representative, but also worked on the ground teaching youth, parents and educators basic technology awareness.