Critical Data Network (CDN) (completed)

The network focuses on what drives the development of digital technologies: data.

The colossus is one of the world's first programmable, digital computers. It was used to obtain military intelligence messages. Photo: Wiki Commons.

About the project

Data is critically relevant to modern societies, but also demands our critical attention. Whether in intelligence, in neuroscience or the media, enthusiasm for big data-analytics and high expectations of AI are widespread in societal institutions.

But has the time come to move from big data to select and small data analytics? What determines the quality of data: amount or content? How do recent advances in data analytics, e.g. intelligent algorithms, interact with humans?

In dedicated workshops, Critical Data Network will use interdisciplinary perspectives to explore data-related dilemmas within the media, medical services and the police.


The network's starting point and results will be concrete. Representatives from

  • NRKbeta,
  • the medical project DIGIbrain and
  • Oslo Financial Intelligence Unit

will present the latest developments in data-driven technologies from inside their organizations. A key dilemma, and solutions to it that support the cautious, target-oriented use of data will be discussed with academic experts.


Internal briefings will summarize the workshop results and new ideas for the development of solutions within participating organizations.


CDN is funded by the SAMKUL-programme at the Research Council of Norway.

Members of the core group

  • J. Peter Burgess (Chair of the EU’s Ethics Advisory Group for the European Data Protection Supervisor and a professor in the Geopolitics of Risk, L'École normale supérieure, Paris)
  • Gisle Hannemyr (Lecturer in the Department of Informatics, Oslo University and member of the Norwegian Personvernnemnda)
  • Mareile Kaufmann (IKRS, lead of the network)
  • Heidi Mork Lomell (professor of criminology IKRS and professor II at the Norwegian Police University College)
  • Nanna Bonde Thylstrup (Assistant professor in Media Studies at Aarhus University)
  • Per Jørgen Ystehede (IKRS, network administration)

Invited guests

  • Carl Erik Bergwitz-Larsen, Oslo Police & Oslo financial Intelligence Unit

  • Marianne Fyhn, Universitetet i Oslo/DIGIbrain project

  • Helene Oppen Ingebrigtsen Gundhus, Universitetet i Oslo

  • Ståle Bjørlykke Grut, NRKbeta

  • Aud Sissel Hoel, Universitetet i Oslo

  • Synnøve Økland Jahnsen, Uni Research 

  • Christian Katzenbach, HIIG

  • Kathrin Maurer, Syddanske Universitet

  • Kjetil Rommetveit, Universitetet i Bergen

  • Ann Rudinow Sætnan, NTNU

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