The Flemish government has established the Knowledge Centre Data & Society (Kenniscentrum Data & Maatschappij) on the 22nd of March 2019. It focuses on the interplay between data, artificial intelligence and society. The Centre will 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 aims to enable Flemish companies, policymakers, regulators and citizens to achieve the greatest social and/or economic benefits of AI. For this 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.