Bio

Gry Hasselbalch is an independent senior researcher on data ethics, AI ethics, data power, human technology and human rights.  She 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 Danish government’s first data ethics committee and Vice Chair of IEEE’s P7006 standard working group. Gry is cofounder of DataEthics – a thinkdotank that has provided knowledge and collaboration on data ethics since 2015. She co-authored the book Data Ethics- The New Competitive Advantage (2016) that seeks out the alternative company practices and initiatives countering established big tech surveillance and “tracking by default” practices. Previously she worked for 10 years with child online protection and empowerment in the global internet governance field managing a national Awareness Centre in the pan-European network Insafe.

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).

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 is a PhD fellow (2017-2020) in data ethics and power at the Faculty of Humanities at 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). 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 is leading DataEthics.eu’s research and evidence base. She is a PhD fellow in data ethics and power at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen. See for example the research articles:

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.