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Artificial intelligence is playing an increasingly important yet invisible role in our everyday lives. Many sectors, including healthcare, education, financial services, labour markets and advertising are now using automated decision-making processes by processing large amounts of data. While automated decision-making and other types of AI offer us benefits and seem to make our lives easier, they can be subject to bias. Discrimination against women, people of colour, or poor people are making their way into algorithmic decision-making, which may be exacerbating existing inequalities.

On behalf of the Digital Working Group of the Greens/EFA, MEPs Alexandra Geese, Patrick Breyer, Marcel Kolaja, Kim van Sparrentak, Sergey  Lagodinsky and Damian Boeselager would like to invite you to a hearing to discuss the societal impact of automated decision-making processes with a special focus on discrimination.

The hashtag for the event will be #AIdiscrimination

Moderator: Jennifer Baker, European journalist specialising in EU policy and legislation in the technology sector.

15:00 – 15:15: Welcome words and introduction by Alexandra Geese MEP

15:15 – 16:30 : PANEL 1 – Exposing bias and societal imbalances in algorithmic systems

How do bias and societal imbalances occur and are perpetuated through algorithmic systems? Where are the problems with automated decision making when used by public authorities and by private entities?

Chair: Alexandra Geese MEP@alexandra_geese

Moderation: Jennifer Baker@BrusselsGeek


  • Christiaan van Veen, Director of the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights project at New York University School of Law and Special Advisor on new technologies and human rights to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights @cpjvanveen
  • Dr. F.S. (Seda) Gürses, Assistant Professor in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems at TU Delft at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management, and an affiliate at the COSIC Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), KU Leuven; @sedyst
  • Nakeema Stefflbauer, Founder and Program Director of FrauenLoop gUG, a Berlin non-profit organisation that trains resident, refugee and immigrant women for careers in the technology field; @DocStefflbauer
  • Prof. Florian Gallwitz, Professor of computer science at Nuremberg Institute of Technology (TH Nürnberg Georg-Simon-Ohm) specialising in pattern recognition, computer vision, speech recognition, deep learning, robotics; @FlorianGallwitz
  • Sanne Blauw, Dutch journalist focusing on Artificial Intelligence for the news platform “The Correspondent“; @sanneblauw

Respondent: Gabriele Mazzini, Policy Officer at DG CNECT, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry Unit of the European Commission


16:30 – 16:45 :  COFFEE BREAK

16:45- 18:00 : PANEL II – Tackling the problems

What are the solutions to tackle bias and societal imbalances in algorithmic systems? What kind of legislation needs to be updated and which new rules do we need? What are possible technological responses?


Chair: Patrick Breyer MEP@echo_pbreyer

Moderation: Jennifer Baker



  • Katharine Jarmul, Founder at Kjamistan, machine learning engineer and privacy activist; @kjam
  • Fanny Hidvegi, Member of the EU’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and Policy Manager of Access Now Europe; @infoFannny
  • Frederike Kaltheuner, technology policy expert and former Director of Programme at the global civil liberties organisation Privacy International, 2019/2020 Mozilla Tech Policy fellow; @F_Kaltheuner

Respondent: Gabriele Mazzini, Policy Officer at DG CNECT, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry Unit of the European Commission

18:00-18:10 : Closing remarks by Kim Van Spaarentak MEP

With the planned “Digital Services Act” the Commission plans to update the liability regime for all digital services. However, in the past years a handful of companies have emerged as market dominant platforms whose business model changed drastically – from a focus on software and services to the collection, selling and reselling of user data for advertising purposes.

This lunch discussion will therefore examine how platforms’ business model impacts the dissemination and virality of content – as threats, insults, and false information act as clickbait, generating more data and more profit. This event aims at analysing the issues raised by online companies’ core businesses that are based on collecting highly refined data about their users and converting that data into microtargeted manipulations.

We will furthermore discuss core questions around liability and content moderation. What are the potential risks and benefits of regulating content ranking? And more importantly: How can the planned DSA apply to all digital services alike without creating collateral damage for individuals’ rights and smaller online companies? How could it tackle the underlying root of the problems with mega platforms?

Hashtag of the event: #EUDigitalPlatform



European Parliament, ASP 1G3

The meeting for external participants will be at 11:15 inside the Atrium Welcome Point.

Chaired by:
Alexandra Geese, MEP at Greens/EFA, on Twitter she is @alexandra_geese
• Karen Melchior, MEP at renew Europe, on Twitter she is @karmel80

Liz Carolan, Head of Digital Action, founder of @transparentref; on Twitter she is @LizCarolan
• Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability at the Center for Internet and Society at the University of Stanford, on Twitter she is @daphnehk

This is the first episode in the event series DIGITAL PLATFORM launched by MEP Alexandra Geese. This regular lunch event aims at bringing together policy experts, policy-makers and academics for insight and discussion on the latest developments in the area of platform and digital services regulation.
The hashtag is #EUDigitalPlatform

Eurochild is organising in collaboration with Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Greens/EFA Group a high-level political round table on preventing and tackling child poverty in Europe

The event will be moderated by Prof. Hugh Frazer and co-hosted by MEP Alexandra Geese (Greens/EFA) MEP Dragoș Pîslaru (Renew Europe) and MEP Brando Benifei (S&D). Representatives from the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), civil society networks and children’s rights organisations will be invited to participate in the discussion.

The aim is to address the fact that childhood poverty remains a huge problem across many parts of Europe. Indeed, one in four children grows up in poverty or social exclusion in the EU. To that end, Eurochild will bring the findings of its analysis on the 2019 European Semester while Bertelsmann Stiftung will present the results of a research focused on ‘Leave No Child Behind’ and the results of a comparative study on local prevention policies in twelve European member states.


  • MEP Alexandra Geese (Co-host – The Greens/EFA)
  • MEP Dragoș Pîslaru (Co-host – Renew Europe)
  • MEP Brando Benifei (Co-host – S&D)
  • Hugh Frazer (Moderator – Maynooth University)
  • Jana Hainsworth (Eurochild)
  • Réka Tunyogi (Eurochild)
  • Anja Langness (Bertelsmann Stiftung)
  • Christina Wieda (Bertelsmann Stiftung)
  • Stephan Grohs (German Research Institute for Public Administration)
  • Grigorios Tsioukas (European Agency for Fundamental Rights)
  • Josefine Hederström (European Commission)
  • Kirsten Leube (Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU)
  • Gráinne Dirwan (OECD)
  • Stefan Iszkowski (European Commission)


Alexandra Geese MEP is pleased to invite you to the panel-discussion on
„How is politics influenced by big data, micro-targeting and profiling? The case of the Five Star Movement in Italy and Brexit in the UK“

With the data industry now worth more than the oil industry, analysing data is becoming key to the functioning of businesses and now, increasingly, political parties. When political parties use big data, micro-targeting and profiling on their citizens, it fundamentally rocks the foundations that underpin our democracies.

Are parties using micro-targeting more successful than those refusing to do so? How should political parties behave? Do we need regulation in order safeguard our democracy? With the help of leading academic experts as well as critical journalists, we delve into the ethical and legal aspects of data use in politics by looking at two examples: the Five Star Movement in Italy and the pro-Brexit campaign in the UK, both known for the use of big data.  

We will be discussing these questions with our esteemed panel:

Organised and Chaired by:
    • Alexandra Geese MEP (European Greens/EFA)
    • Jacopo Iacoboni (Journalist/Author, La Stampa)
    • Dr. Monica Horten (Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics)
    • Marco Canestrari (Author, Il Sistema Casaleggio)
    • Dr. Judith Möller (Assistant Professor for Political Communication, University of Amsterdam)
    • Frederik Borgesius (Professor ICT and Law, Radbound University)

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