George Markopoulos is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics of the School of Philosophy National and Kapodistrian, at the University of Athens. He participated in the ESMH event Virality and influencers in digital communication on 3 April in the European Parliament.
There is a strong need for data protection laws that can adequately address the challenges of user data being misused and harvested without consent by third-party applications, political parties/politicians, researchers, and others.
AI challenges democracies but democratic institutions, especially in the EU, are not mere bystanders and are in the process of supporting AI and providing a legal framing, through education and regulation.
Research on autonomous cars has received a boost from the European Parliament, but the technology still raises many questions. Can it be safe and ethical? Will it totally eliminate the need for human drivers? And, of course: when will this happen?
How technology could be used or misused in electoral campaign? This was the main topic debated during the two-day event in the European Parliament (EP), organised by the European Science-media Hub/ the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) together with the Communication Directorate of the EP.