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The Trust in the Digital Society Research Priority Area warmly invites you to attend our official launch event! Listen to how trust in and by technology transforms our trust relationships from UvA and international experts in the field!
Event details of Official launch of the Trust in the Digital Society RPA
8 December 2023
14:00 -19:30
de Brug

Date:                                   December 8, 2023, Friday

Location:                            De Brug, UvA Roeterseilandcampus


13.30-14.00               Arrival

14.00-14.05               Welcome remarks 

14.05-15.15               Trust in technology panel. Moderator: Theo Araujo (FMG) Panelists:

  • Natali Helberger is Distinguished University Professor of Law and Digital Technology with a special emphasis on artificial intelligence, and the scientific director of the ten-year NWO Gravitation Project Public Values in the Algorithmic Society.
  • Lonneke van der Velden is Assistant Professor Global Digital Cultures at the University of Amsterdam. Her work centres around issues of datafication, surveillance, digital inequalities, and responses by social movements and civil society. She teaches at the Media Studies Department.
  • Marc Tuters is Assistant Professor in the New Media and Digital Culture Division of Media Studies. His research concerns radical political subcultures online. He is also one of the co-directors of this RPA.
  • Nils Köbis is a Professor for Human Understanding of Algorithms and Machines, University Duisburg-Essen & Affiliated Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. His current work focuses on how Artificial Intelligence can lead to new forms of corruption but also be used in the fight against corruption.
  • Tomasz Zurek is a postdoctoral researcher at the Trust RPA. He holds a master’s degree in management (1999) and doctorate in computer science (2004; the dissertation concerned the utilization of artificial intelligence in banking). He is now working on the computational representation and modeling of trust relations and decisions.


15.20-16.35               Trust by technology panel. Moderator: Balazs Bodo (FdR)


  • Linda Weigl is a political scientist, STS scholar at the TRUST project, working on the theoretical foundations of societal trust dynamics and technology, as well as doing empirical research on the priorities, functioning and impact of trust and safety teams at various platforms.
  • Bob van de Velde is a data scientist at the Dutch Public Broadcasting organization NPO. He has been working on integrating data, and automated decision making systems into news recommendations at the public service media.
  • Jurgen Goossens is a constitutional law professor at Utrecht University. He is also the PI of the NWO funded Chain project which studies the use of networked algorithmic systems and more specifically blockchain based technologies in public administration and its impact on rule of law values. They carry out empirical research via in-depth case-studies, combining approaches from public law, Science & Technology Studies, the philosophy of technology and ethics.
  • Macarena Ares Abalde is a political scientist, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Barcelona, and a NIAS Fellow this year in Amsterdam.


16.35-17.00                Break

17.00-18.00               Keynote: Caroline Nevejan Chief Scientist, City of Amsterdam

18.00-19.30               Drinks

Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D and De Brug (entrance D)

Room de Brug
Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
1018 WS Amsterdam