Bernd Justin Jütte

Dr. Bernd Justin Jütte is an Assistant Professor in Intellectual Property Law at UCD’s Sutherland School of Law. He directs the LLM in Intellectual property and Information Technology Law and currently serves as the Vice Principal For Globalisation at the College of Social Sciences and Law. Justin teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Copyright and Patent Law.

Justin’s research interest centre around digital aspects of copyright law, in particular at the intersection of copyright exceptions and fundamental rights. and the regulation of online speech on platforms through copyright norms and other normative frameworks. In the larger framework of digital constitutionalism, Justin has been involved in the ‘Right to Research in International Copyright Law’ project, coordinated by the American University Washington College of Law and is currently working with a group of Researchers steered by the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam on a project on ‘New Media Law’.

Justin is an appointed Senior Researcher at Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania and is member of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association and the International Association For The Advancement Of Teaching And Research In Intellectual Property. He has taught internationally including in Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal and Cyprus covering subjects such as Internet Law and Sports Law.





Lai Ma

Lai Ma is Assistant Professor at UCD School of Information and Communication Studies. Her current project examines the development of open research infrastructure and the platformisation of research information using concepts and approaches in history and sociology of knowledge, research on research (or meta-research) and science and technology studies. She has published in Journal of Documentation, Journal of Association for Information Science and Technology, Research Evaluation, and Science and Public Policy.

Abeba Birhane

Abeba works as a senior research fellow at the Mozilla Foundation, where she researches human behaviour, social systems, and responsible and ethical artificial intelligence (AI). Abeba Birhane is an Ethiopian-born cognitive scientist who works at the intersection of complex adaptive systems, machine learning, algorithmic bias, and critical race studies. In her present work, Abeba examines the challenges and pitfalls of computational models and datasets from a conceptual, empirical, and critical perspective. Abeba’s fellowship focuses on auditing canonical datasets as well as exploring ways to clean and detoxify large scale datasets, including the governance models needed to maintain and manage those datasets.

Abeba Birhane has a PhD in cognitive science at the School of Computer Science, UCD, and Lero, The Irish Software Research Centre. Her interdisciplinary research focused on the dynamic and reciprocal relationship between ubiquitous technologies, personhood, and society. Specifically, she explored how ubiquitous technologies constitute and shape what it means to be a person through the lenses of embodied cognitive science, complexity science, and critical data studies.

Her work with Vinay Prabhu uncovered that large-scale image datasets commonly used to develop AI systems, including ImageNet and 80 Million Tiny Images, carried racist and misogynistic labels and offensive images. She has been recognised by VentureBeat as a top innovator in computer vision.



Susan Leavy

Dr. Susan Leavy is an assistant professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin and a funded investigator with Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Her research areas concern artificial intelligence, ethics, natural language processing and cultural analytics. Her recent work has focused on mitigating bias and discrimination in natural language processing and developing ethical frameworks for AI, founded in human rights and theories of social justice.

Susan earned a PhD in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin, where she focused on uncovering gender bias in news coverage with machine learning. She also holds an MPhil in Gender and Women’s Studies (TCD), an MSc in Artificial Intelligence (Edinburgh University) and a BA in English and Philosophy (UCD). She worked internationally, managing the design and development of large-scale trading platforms in the finance sector. Susan is passionate about increasing diversity in those who design and develop AI systems.

Brendan Spillane

Brendan is an assistant professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies in UCD. Brendan has always had a strong interest in the factors that impact human judgement of information. From a disciplinary perspective, his work is at the intersection of HCI, Behavioural Science, Information Science and News and Journalism studies. Traditionally, his work has focused on bias and credibility, but more recently it has focused on misinformation and disinformation. Due to world events and the proliferation and threat of disinformation, much of his work is now undertaken within the security domain.

Brendan is currently the PI of a Horizon Europe Innovation Action project, called VIGILANT. It is a 3-year, €4m project with 18 partners that will equip European Police Authorities with advanced technologies from academia to detect and analyse disinformation campaigns that lead to criminal activities. Brendan completed his PhD in the ADAPT Centre in the School of Computer Science and Statistics in Trinity College Dublin under Professor Vincent Wade and the late Professor Séamus Lawless. His PhD investigated the impact of visual presentation of news on the perception of bias. After completing his PhD, he held three concurrent positions as a Postdoctoral researcher on the
H2020 Provenance project developing tools to detect disinformation, an IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow on a two-year project focused on credibility and disinformation, and as a research fellow on the Proactive Experiences and Agency challenge in the Digitally Enhanced Engagement Strand (PEA@DEE), in the ADAPT Centre.


Patrick Brodie

Patrick Brodie is a lecturer, assistant professor and Ad Astra Fellow at the School of Information and Communication Studies. Patrick’s research programme lies at the intersections of environmental politics and digital media infrastructures. Specifically, it has focused on how spatial and environmental justice are entangled within the development and operation of data infrastructures, energy systems, and the supply chain organisation of global media economies.
Patrick is undertaking three concurrent research projects. The first analyzes the histories and presents of data and energy infrastructure across the island of Ireland through multiple lenses. The second is a collaborative study with Dr. Patrick Bresnihan at Maynooth University about the “data/energy nexus” in Ireland and its relation to green politics and just transitions. The third is callled Media Rurality, a collaborative, SSHRC-funded initiative focusing on rural media and infrastructural relations. He co-coordinates this project with Dr. Darin Barney at McGill University.
He previously was a FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Patrick’s peer reviewed research has appeared and is forthcoming edited book collections and in journals such as Information, Communication & Society and Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. His public-facing writing has been published in The Irish, and Rupture: Eco-Socialist Quarterly. He is currently completing a book project on media infrastructure and logistical forms in post-financial crisis Ireland.

Maria O’Brien

Maria O’Brien works as a lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on multiple aspects of cultural and creative industry policies. Maria’s research has been focused on the field of political economy of the audiovisual industries in Ireland and the EU. Her doctoral research on the political economy of tax incentives for the audiovisual industries was completed in Dublin City University, School of Communications, in 2020.

Maria has extensive experience in lecturing at 3rd level on various aspects of film studies, media industries and media policy. She has 8+ years of experience as a lawyer in Ireland and the UK and 6+ years of experience as a festivals administrator in the capacity of co-founder and organiser of the Arts Council funded East Asia Film Festival Ireland. She has worked regularly in policy advisory work for the arts and cultural sector.

Arjumand Younus

Dr. Arjumand Younus is an assistant professor of Computational Social Science at the School of Sociology, UCD. Her research focuses on Machine Learning, natural language processing, and data science for social good. Arjumand is passionate about the value of Artificial Intelligence Technology to make society better, and at the moment, she is involved as an academic partner in various AI for Social Good projects.

Formerly, she was a research scientist in Afiniti AI, and a part-time lecturer in Technological University Dublin. Before this appointment, Arjumand has contributed to SFI funded projects during her different post-doctoral positions at CONSUS-UCD and INSIGHT-UCD. She is
also serving in the capacity of Cc-director for Women in Research Ireland, which is a volunteer-run registered charity working for better representation of women and under-represented groups in academia.

Arjumand received a joint PhD in Computer Science from National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland) and University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), MSc degree in Computer Science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea), and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Karachi (Pakistan). She is the recipient of Google Women Techmakers scholarship for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

James Steinhoff

James is an assistant professor and Ad Astra Fellow at the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies. His research focuses on the political economy of algorithmic and data-intensive technologies, and also draws on resources from media studies, science and technology studies, and labour studies. His recent work has concerned labour/capital relations in the AI industry.  James is interested in data-intensive capitalism and how it exhibits both continuities and changes with previous economic systems. Furthermore, he is interested in both perennial concerns, such as automation, and novel situations, such as the generation of synthetic data in virtual environments. His work combines qualitative methods with systematic theoretical engagement.
He is author of Automation and Autonomy: Labour, Capital and Machines in the Artificial Intelligence Industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), co-author of Inhuman Power: Artificial Intelligence the Future of Capitalism (Pluto, 2019) and has published papers in journals including New Media & Society.
James has previously held research positions at University of Toronto and University of Washington. He holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario.

Arthit Suriyawongkul

Arthit is a PhD candidate in SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (d-real), working on the mapping of accountability requirements for automated decision-making (ADM) systems and the technical capabilities of Machine Learning Operations (MLOps), which is based on Mark Boven’s model of public accountability. He is also a member of Knowledge and Data Engineering Group (KDEG) at Trinity College and a member of the the Digital Governance strand of ADAPT, SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology.

Arthit has a background in natural language processing and cultural anthropology. His anthropology master thesis was on cultural politics on social media platforms during a series of protests in Thailand, focusing on the production of internet memes and digital placemaking. He co-founded Thai Netizen Network, a civil society organization promoting human rights and civil rights in digitally-connected environments, and now serves as a member of the Media and Telecommunication subcommittee for Thailand Consumers Council.

Research Interests

His research interests include the relationship between privacy and agency, AI governance, proportionality of content moderation measures, and computational methods of legal and journalistic practices. During his internship at UCD Centre of Digital Policy, he has worked on topic modeling of national AI strategies. He translates personal digital security apps to Thai language in his free time.

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