Athens, 9 October 2021

The popAI project kicked-off on 8 October 2021 in a hybrid (physical/online) meeting that took place in the beautiful city of Athens, Greece at coordinator’s NCSR Demokritos premises. The meeting was attended by all partnership members, the EC Project Officer and representatives from DG HOME and DG REA. Enthusiasm, positive attitude and collaborative spirit have shaped the day, paving a very promising path for the coming months.

The partnership is looking forward to working together and achieving the ambitious objectives of the project, thus making popAI’s results and findings a valuable resource for discussions at EU-level on artificial intelligence and the ethical implications of its use specifically in the security sectors.

A few words about our project

popAI is a 24-month Coordination and Support Action (CSA) bringing together security practitioners, AI scientists, ethics and privacy researchers, civil society organisations, as well as social Sciences and humanities experts with the purpose of consolidating knowledge, exchanging experience and raising awareness in the EU area, under a well-planned work methodology. The core vision of pop AI is to foster trust in AI for the security domain via increased awareness, ongoing social engagement, consolidating distinct spheres of knowledge (including theoretical & empirical knowledge by academics & non-academics) and offering a unified European view across LEAs, and specialised knowledge outputs (recommendations, roadmaps, etc), while creating an ecosystem that will form the structural basis for a sustainable and inclusive European AI hub for Law Enforcement.

The partnership consists of 13 partners from eight countries: the National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos (Greece), Trilateral Research Ltd (UK), Eticas Research & Innovation (Spain), Center for Security Studies- KEMEA (Greece), Center for Research & Technology – CERTH (Greece), Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), Zanasi & Partners | Security Research and Advisory (Italy), ECAS: EU Citizenship Rights Non-Profit Organisation (Belgium), Hellenic Police (Greece), University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Legal Affairs in Bavaria (Germany), Ertzaintza – Departamento de Seguridad – Gobierno Vasco (Spain), Academy of the Police Force in Bratislava (Slovakia) and Comune di Torino (Italy).