Nadia Benaissa is a human right advocate and has worked as a data protection officer at the municipality, she is humanitarian, writer and policy advisor at Bits of Freedom. Bits of Freedom is an organization that stands up for two fundamental rights in your digital communication that are indispensable for your freedom: privacy and communication freedom. These rights have been built up over centuries in the offline world and because they are incredibly important for your individual freedom, for a just society and for a healthy functioning democracy, it is important to reflect on how online rights are being guaranteed. But how exactly is democracy, freedom and privacy being ensured online? In this episode, we talk with Nadia about the commonalities between AI and law and learning from historical data to improve the future.


00:00:00 Introduction / 00:02:30 Bits of Freedom and a free society / 00:04:00 The government is accountable / 00:07:00 The law and AI / 00:09:00 Shoe advertisement and political targeting / 00:13:00 What if we start learning from historical data to improve the future? / 00:16:00 In context / 00:19:00 Community in the loop / 00:23:00 Black Box insecurity / 00:26:00 Which data is missing? / 00:29:00 How is your data being used? My data done right / 00:31:00 An appeal and take away

Further Reading and links:

Nadia Benaissa Bits of Freedom

Korte Cursus Manipulatie (Dutch)

Bits of Freedom (Dutch)

Bits of Freedom (English)

My Data Done Right

Book tip by Abdelrahman:

Code Version 2.0 by Lawrence Lessig

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On Future Based x Inverse Surveillance:

Inverse Surveillance AI is a project of The Asimov Institute, funded by the SIDN Fund. The project is a think tank of scientists, policymakers, and philosophers in order to answer the question, “How can we use AI as a Panopticon to promote beneficial actions for citizens by organizations?” Based on the insights produced from this think tank, a first proof of concept will be developed in a hackathon. The project lasts 6 months and operates from a utopian and solution-oriented approach. The main goal is to deepen the subject of Inverse Surveillance, to explore how AI can make this possible, and sharing all information so that it can function as a launchpad for future research. This podcast series together with Asimov director Stefan Leijnen, we go into conversations with experts in the field of AI technology. More information can be found on

Part of The Asimov Institute team are (project leader) Juliette Petra Rose van der Laarse and (researcher) Noah Neuman.

Host of these series is Abdelrahman Hassan. Abdelrahman lives on the intersection between software, critical theory, data, and poetry. His interests include memetics, internet geographies, technical utopias/dystopias and depictions of e-governance. His overarching goal is to bridge critical theory with digital practice and to limit accessibility gaps and hurdles to open access to knowledge.