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EUREL eMeetup on “Trust and Identity: The new frontier in the AI Age”
With recent AI tools such as Deepfakes and OpenAI/GPTn it is possible to automate the fabrication of complex digital content on a large scale and to create large numbers of convincing bots that can convincingly mimic human behaviour, e.g. posting product reviews, engaging in political and societal discourse, acting as influencers, interacting with followers etc.
The consequences are a fundamental threat to European society and business. While the issue of disinformation is already being addressed on multiple levels (including an EU HLEG in 2016/17 and various content marking standardisation efforts), the additional dimension of an automation of the fabrication of disinformation has not yet been acted on.
Most countermeasures to address this fundamental challenge require standards, e.g. standards for tracing information back to its source or creator, standards for bot-resistant pseudonymous identities, standards or protocols for assigning and tracking trust etc.
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Speakers

Dr. Sebastian Hallensleben
@VDE e.V
In his role at VDE in Germany he drives a broad range of digital topics such as the trustworthiness of information, product verification, human-machine interfaces in the digital age or new virtual conferencing paradigms. Dr Sebastian Hallensleben is also one of the thought leaders for AI Ethics in Europe. He is the chair of CEN/CENELEC JTC 21 on standardisation structure for AI, as well as the convenor of the international IEC Special Expert Group on AI Ethics.
Prof. Dr. Axel Küpper
@Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
Professor for Service-centric Networking at TU Berlin and Telekom Innovation Laboratories, which is a public-private partnership of Deutsche Telekom AG and TU Berlin. Before, he was an assistant professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where he received his postdoctoral lecture qualification (habilitation). He graduated in computer science from RWTH Aachen University, where he also received his doctorate. Axel's early research focused on distributed and mobile systems and networks, context-aware applications, and location-based services. In recent years, he has worked intensively on topics related to Mobile and Cloud Computing, Service-oriented Architectures, and future web technologies. Axel is an advocate of decentralized systems and applications. The focus of his work here is on distributed ledger technologies, token economy, self-sovereign identity, emerging blockchain-based applications, blockchain analytics, and decentralized online social networks.
Svenja Hahn
@Member of the European Parliament
First-term Member of the European Parliament for the German Free Democratic Party (FDP), part of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament. She is from Hamburg, Germany. Svenja Hahn is a member of the Committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) where she especially focuses on AI legislation. Furthermore, she is Renew Europe coordinator in the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA), established in 2020. She is member of several parliamentary intergroups, such as the LGBTI Intergroup, the Disability Intergroup, the Anti-Racism and Discrimination Intergroup (ARDI), the Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SeaRICA), the Spinelli Group and the SME Intergroup, as well as the working group on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and the Youth interest group. As a Member of the European Parliament IMCO, she is one of the shadow rapporteurs in the file of the Artificial Intelligence Act.
Dr. Tanja Pavleska (to be confirmed)
@Laboratory for Open Systems and Networks, Jozef Stefan Institute
Researcher at the Laboratory for Open Systems and Networks, Jozef Stefan Institute. She graduated from the Faculty for electrical engineering in Skopje, Macedonia. She obtained her PhD from the Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School in the area of Computational trust and reputation systems, with special emphasis on the user behaviour in the online social platforms. Her main interests are in identity management, critical infrastructure security, trust and reputation management, behaviour modelling, Internet governance, digital policies and regulatory frameworks, and IoT Healthcare standardisation. She was involved in the EU FP7 project e-SENS (Electronic Simple European Networked Services), where she led the work of the Cybersecurity and Trust Work-stream. She also led the work on policies and regulatory frameworks within the H2020 EU project COMPACT. Currently, she is leading the work on EU governance landscape in the H2020 project Digital Europe for All.