Gry Hasselbalch works as an independent academic senior researcher in various key and lead positions. She has a Ph.D in data ethics and power from the University of Copenhagen and is cofounder of the European thinkdotank DataEthics that has challenged the uneven power of data and provided constructive knowledge and collaboration since 2015.
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.
She co-authored the influential book Data Ethics- The New Competitive Advantage (2016), which was one of the early books to describe the social and ethical implications of the commercial exploitation of big data. Her forthcoming book Data Ethics of Power – A Human Approach in the Big Data and AI Era will be published with Edward Elgar Publishing (2021).
Previously Gry was a driving force in the global internet governance field of youth online protection, empowerment and digital education.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Gry’s influential book Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage that she wrote together with Pernille Tranberg was one of the early books to describe the social and ethical implications of big data picturing the emerging movement of the mid 2010s to take back control of our data from powerful big tech Silicon Valley actors. Its crucial contribution was its constructive approach that sought out the alternative engineering and company practices and initiatives that were countering the established big tech surveillance and “tracking by default” practices.
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 in 2021.
Gry has published a range of reports and articles. See also for example recent articles and reports:
- Making sense of data ethics. The powers behind the data ethics debate in European policymaking (2019), Internet Policy Review
- Culture by Design: A Data Interest Analysis of the European AI Policy Agenda, FirstMonday
- A Framework for a Data Interest Analysis, FirstMonday
- White paper on public procurement of AI
- The report on digital citizens, big data and challenges (2016, in Danish) for the Danish Consumers’ Council with educational material (in Danish) for the Danish Media Council.
online Youth empowerment, protection and digital skills
Gry was a driving force in the field of youth online protection, empowerment and digital education working for 10 years in the Danish Media Council where she established the national EU Safer Internet Centre co-funded by the European Commission. 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 digital skills and basic technology awareness.