7 November 2019 - 09.00 – 11.00 - Room 6 - Interpretation: FR/EN/RU

In a world of “filter bubbles” and “fake news”, Artificial Intelligence is increasingly being cited as both a problem and a possible solution. It is developing at a fast pace and having an ever-growing influence in our daily lives. In what ways could AI come to dominate our information landscape? Will the data AI collects allow us to see the inequalities in our society, or replicate them on mass?

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Forum Talk 1: Artificial Intelligence and Information

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Palais de l'Europe, Room 6 7 November 2019 - 09.00 – 11.00
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CURIONI Dr. Alessandro

Dr. Alessandro CURIONI

IBM Fellow, vice president of Europe and Africa and Director, IBM Research - Zurich

Dr. Alessandro Curioni is an IBM Fellow, vice president of Europe and director of the IBM Research lab in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition to leading the IBM Research activities in Europe, he is also responsible for the global research in IoT and Security. Dr. Curioni is a world recognized leader in the area of high performance computing and computational science where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some of the most complex scientific and technological problems in healthcare, aerospace, consumer goods and electronics. He was a member of the winning team recognized with the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize in 2013 and 2015. Dr. Curioni received his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Chemistry and his PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. He started at IBM Research - Zurich as a PhD student in 1993 before officially joining as a research staff member in 1998. His most recent position has been the head of the Cognitive Computing and Computational Sciences department.

RZASA Daniel

Daniel RZASA

Editor-in-Chief, 300Gospdarka, former Teaching Fellow at Google News Lab

Daniel Rzasa is a journalist and media trainer. Currently he is the editor-in-chief of the Polish news website 300Gospodarka and collaborates with MediaLeaders, a consortium of media trainers. Prior to this, he was the Google News Lab Teaching Fellow for CEE, specialising in teaching digital-first storytelling, advanced research and data literacy. Earlier, he worked for many years across a variety of newsrooms in Poland, the UK and Belgium. He published in Visegrad Insight, Financial Times, Reuters, HFMWeek, Citywire, EurActiv, among others. He graduated with an MA in financial journalism from City, University of London and the Visegrad School of Political Studies.



Journalism Trust Initiative, Reporters Without Borders


Olaf Steenfadt heads the 'Media Ownership Monitor' project and the ‘Journalism Trust Initiative’ at the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders, RSF. For many years, he has been engaged as a consultant and coach in media development cooperation, mandated by both international organizations and NGOs. He previously worked for national German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF in various roles, including as a radio and TV presenter, investigative reporter, domestic and foreign correspondent, as well as in format development and corporate communication. Olaf is a member of the ‘High-level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation’ of the European Commission and of the ‘Committee of Experts on Quality of Journalism in the Digital Age’ at the Council of Europe. He teaches frequently at universities in Germany and Europe.

MENECEUR Yannick 2019


Information Society and Action against crime Directorate, Council of Europe

French magistrate, seconded to the Council of Europe, assigned as an adviser on digital transformation and artificial intelligence. He is also an associate researcher at the IHEJ (Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice). As a magistrate, he has held criminal functions, particularly in the fight against cybercrime and counterfeiting. He also led a major national IT project at the Ministry of Justice. At the Council of Europe, he has contributed to the comparative analysis of European judicial systems and has developed expertise in digital transformation, particularly with regard to the regulation of artificial intelligence.



Junior Project Officer, Office of the Directorate General of Programmes, Council of Europe

Victor Rotari is a Junior Project Officer in the Office of the Directorate General for Programmes of the Council of Europe. Victor has previously worked as a coordinator in the Good Governance Department of the Soros Foundation-Moldova and in the Parliament of Moldova before that. He holds a Master Degree in Law from Moldova State University and Master Degree in Public Policy from the Central European University. His areas of expertise are International Development and good governance.