The Knowledge Centre Data & Society (Kenniscentrum Data & Maatschappij) focuses on the interplay between data, artificial intelligence, and society. The Centre aims to enable socially responsible, ethical, and legally appropriate implementations of AI in Flanders. It comprises three existing research Centres: imec-SMIT (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), imec-MICT (Ghent University), and the Centre for IT & IP Law (KU Leuven). The Flemish Department on Economy, Science, and Innovation funds the initiative.
The Centre wants to enable Flemish companies, policymakers, regulators, and citizens to achieve the greatest social and/or economic benefits of AI. To this end, it will bring together diverse stakeholder representative organisations and facilitate the creation of tools, advice, and recommendations. The Centre will support umbrella organisations in the field by offering them state of the art knowledge, guidelines or teach the teacher programs, so that knowledge trickles down via their existing channels in a cooperative way.