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Accessible information for an inclusive democracy, with the help of AI: the goal of iDEM, new European project led by Horacio Saggion
The European project iDEM will create AI tools that simplify and make information more understandable for participating in democratic debate, targeting people with communication difficulties or intellectual disabilities. UPF has joined a further 10 European partners to carry out the project, including universities, institutions, social entities and technology companies. In Catalonia, two such organizations are the Municipal Institute for People with Disabilities and the Barcelona Ombudsman’s Office.
DEM is based on a user-centred approach and, before developing the AI tools, work sessions will be held with approximately 20 people from groups that find themselves currently excluded from democratic processes. These sessions will help to identify the reasons behind their difficulties in understanding information on public matters. Based on this diagnosis, the project will contribute to innovating democratic spaces, to render them more inclusive, deliberative and participatory.
A total of 11 European partners, coordinated by UPF, have joined forces to this end, including Leeds University (UK) and other research institutes, as well as several technology companies and social entities and institutions. On behalf of UPF, iDEM will be coordinated by the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) and the Department of Law. At the DTIC, the principal investigator of the iDEM project is Horacio Saggion, a full professor of computer science and AI of the TALN (Natural Language Processing research group).
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