Dr. Paula Helm

University of Amsterdam 
Faculty of Humanities 
Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur

Email: p.m.helm[at]uva[dot]nl 

Website: https://www.uva.nl/en/profile/h/e/p.m.helm/p.m.helm.html

Zu Gast am ITeG von 01.04. bis 31.05.2024

I am an Asisstant Professor in the field of Critical Data Studies and AI Ethics. My work is situated at the intersection of STS, Media Studies and Ethics. Apart from teaching and research, I am also serving as a member of the UvA Ethics Commission. The larger goal and mission of my work is to move AI-Ethics from the PR- to the Engineering- and Development-Level. To reach this goal, I am collaborating closely with partners from Computer Science, applying and combining co-creation approaches with empirical ethics, future methodologies, experimental designs and feminist technoscience. I hold a doctorate in philosophy (summa cum laude).
Before starting my current position, I was a research associate at the MCTS at the Technical University Munich and the International Center for Ethics in Science at Tübingen University, where I was co-leading work-packages in several national and EU-projects concerned with the creation and ethical advancement of AI-Systems in various domains. Before that, I completed my PhD while I was working as a research associate at the University of Frankfurt in an interdisciplinary research project dealing with the “Structural Transformations of Privacy”. I was also a visiting scholar at the Center for Surveillance Studies at Queen’s University (invited by David Lyon) and at New York University, where I worked with the Privacy Research Group (invited by Helen Nissenbaum) and the Institute for Public Knowledge during the exciting period of the emergence of Critical Algorithm and Data Studies.

In 2022 I was honored to be awarded the recognition of being on the list of 100 Most Brilliant Women in AI-Ethics. I am a working mother of two.

Lectures and Workshops with Dr. Paula Helm

11:00 – 12:00
Female Scientist Lecture with Dr. Paula Helm

Normative Paradoxes of Privacy and Diversity – Computing Literacy, Choice, and Inclusion in Platform Societies

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17:30 – 19:00

ITeG-Research Talk with Dr. Paula Helm
Reclaiming Ethical Complexity in Value Sensitive Technology & Systems Design. The Case of Privacy and Diversity
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09:30 – 12:30

PhD-Workshop with Dr. Paula Helm
Dealing with Value Tensions and Ethical Dilemmas in Information Systems Design

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  • At the beginning of the workshop, Paula Helm will give a short introduction to her research and the topic of the workshop.
  • Following each participant's input, there will be a discussion in the workshop group and Paula Helm will give feedback.
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12:00 – 13:00

ITeG-BrownBag-Seminar with Dr. Paula Helm
How can we protect language data and why is this important?
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Publications (selection)

Paula Helm, Gabor Bella, …, Fausto Giunchiglia (2024): Diversity and language technology: how language modeling bias causes epistemic injustice. Ethics & Information Technology 26, 8, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10676-023-09742-6.

Paula Helm, Amalia De Götzen, …, Daniel Gatica-Perez (2023):Diversity and Neocolonialism in Big Data Research. Big Data & Society, https://doi.org/10.1177/205395172312068

Paula Helm, Tobias Matzner (2023): Co-addictive human–machine configurations: Relating critical design and algorithm studies to medical-psychiatric research on “problematic Internet use”. New Media & Society, https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448231165916

Gábor Bella, Paula Helm, …, Fausto Giunchiglia (2023): Towards Bridging the Digital Language Divide. arXiv preprint, https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2307.13405.

Paula Helm, Loizos Michael, Laura Schelenz (2022): Diversity by Design? Balancing the Protection and Inclusion of Users in Online Social Networks, in: Proceedings of the 2022 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society (AIES'22), August 1--3, 2022, Oxford, United Kingdom, https://doi.org/10.1145/3514094.3534149 [together with Loizos Michael, Laura Schelenz].

Max Fischer, …, Daniel Keim, Paula Helm (2022): Promoting Ethical Awareness in Communication Analysis. Potentials and Limits of Visual AnalyticsProceedings of the 2022 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency (FAccT'22), June 20--22, 2022, Seoul, North Korea, https://doi.org/10.1145/3531146.3533151 [together with Max Fischer, Daniel Keim, et al.].

Paula Helm, Thilo Hagendorff (2021): Beyond the Prediction Paradigm. Chances and Risks of Responsible AI in Criminal Investigation, in (Luciano Floridi, Jeff Ward, Cynthia Rudin, eds.): Artificial Intelligence and the Rule of Law. 84 Duke Law and Contemporary Problems. Duke University Press [with Thilo Hagendorff], 2021, 1-17. https://scholarship.law.duke.edu/lcp/vol84/iss3/2