Frederike Kaltheuner

Independent Expert | Adviser | Emerging Technology, Policy, and Rights
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Alena Schmick

Frederike is an independent expert and adviser on the intersection of emerging technology, policy, and rights. She also acts as Senior Lead on Europe and Global Governance for the AI Now Institute, a policy research think tank in New York.

Frederike has more than a decade of experience in shaping technology for the public interest, including as the founding Director of the European AI and Society Fund, the inaugural Director of the Technology and Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, Special Adviser for the Vice-President of the European Commission, and Director for Corporate Exploitation at Privacy International.

As a policy expert on emerging technology Frederike has been invited to give expert evidence in the EU parliament, the House of Lords, and the Belgian Federal Parliament. She regularly comments on emerging technologies in the international press. Her writing and commentary has appeared in The Guardian, Gizmodo, ZEIT Online and POLITICO Europe. She is also the co-author and editor of two books - one on data and justice (Nicolai Publishing, 2018, German) and on one one AI and hype (Fake AI, Meatspace Press 2021).


Building Just and Sustainable Digital Infrastructures

Katrin Fritsch, Camila Nobrega, Frederike Kaltheuner

Digital infrastructures often reinforce monopolies, emit carbon and reproduce injustices. In this panel, we want to understand possibilities and constraints of the term 'digital infrastructures', and highlight pathways to build infrastructures that center justice, sustainability and care.
Climate crisis
Digital rights
Forum Digitalpolitik

Plurality: The Future of Collaborative Technology and Democracy

Audrey Tang, Glen Weyl, Frederike Kaltheuner

Taiwan stands out internationally as an acclaimed digital democracy. In an interview led by Frederike Kaltheuner, Audrey Tang and Glen Weyl explore if and how digital tools can be used to build consensus and strengthen societal unity instead of replacing humans and trust.
Common good
Participation & Access