A consortium made up of Leiden University (Institute of Public Administration/Digitalisation & Public Policy, Bram Klievink, Sarah Giest, Bart Schermer), VU (Professor Fabio Massacci), TU Delft, TNO, and Thales has been awarded a NWO grant of 1.5 million euros. This research project looks into the ‘metadata of uncertainty’ in machine-readable and human-interpretable forms with the aim to find ways to responsibly apply Artificial Intelligence to create a safer society.

Professor of Digitalisation & Public Policy, Bram Klievink, explains: ‘In all kinds of analytical processes within the government, take threat intelligence for instance, humans and artificial intelligence are often collaborating in a “hybrid” process to obtain and process actionable intelligence. This comes with considerable uncertainties and biases. Think of models that aren’t perfect, or of certain data that cannot – or only partially – be shared because of operational or strategic reasons, or of intentionally or unintentionally misleading sources.’

Experts, such as analysts, are aware of these uncertainties and biases, but lack formal means to handle these uncertainties and the implications these have for their work. Klievink: ‘These uncertainties and biases are practically unavoidable, especially in situations in which data and insights travel across the boundaries of departments, organisations, and domains.’

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