Democratising AI

A National Strategy for Greece

Pursuing an AI advantage by innovating upon our core values
Greece aims to foster a technology-enabled future that embraces innovation and development for the benefit of all and for the common good, by innovating upon its core values that constitute the core values of Europe; the values and moral ideals of Democracy. Values, ideals and fundamental rights that become more relevant in the AI era. An era where we will need more than ever before to protect and promote the freedoms, rights, autonomy, interests and welfare of humans and nature.

A Hellenic AI Vision

The ambition is for Greece to become the worlds’ experimental laboratory for the sustainable Democratisation of AI and the infusion of the democratic principles in AI by design. A laboratory that will promote the design, development, deployment and evaluation of AI in a democractised way for all and for the common good, while at the same time infusing the moral ideals and rights of Democracy in AI. These democratic ideals are encapsulated in the notion of “Democratic Ethos”.

The Hellenic AI Democratisation Approach

The Hellenic approach to AI Democratisation, is conceptually aligned with the holistic approach and the interlinked processes of the Antikythera Mechanism - portable cosmos. It adopts an integrated value-network, ecosystem-centric perspective, looking at the entire AI and Democracy ecosystem and its key components and aiming to enhance the shared value co-creation across all ecosystem entities, and for the shared common good.

Democratic Ethos in AI-by-Design

Ethos means 'virtue' in the Aristotelian sense and denotes the internal values that characterise an individual. Democratic Ethos encompasses the guiding ideals, the fundamental values and virtues of Democracy itself. It denotes a set of values, virtues, rights, and responsibilities embraced by members of a community who are committed to a flourishing Democracy; values that can act as a moral code for AI. It depicts the need to protect and promote the freedoms, rights, interests and welfare of people.

Democratic Ethos in AI-by-Design calls for the moral ideals and fundamental rights of Democracy to be taken into account throughout the whole engineering process of AI, as well as the methods that can subsequently verify that an intelligent agent’s conduct and use remain within these moral and democratic bounds (certification).


Dr Xenia Ziouvelou
Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), NCSR Demokritos
Dr Vangelis Karkaletsis
Director of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), NCSR Demokritos
Dr George Giannakopoulos
Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), NCSR Demokritos
Alexandros Nousias
Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), NCSR Demokritos
Dr Stasinos Konstantopoulos
Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), NCSR Demokritos
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About IIT

The Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications (IIT) is characterised by its focus on Intelligent Computing and Networking, ranging from network equipment and communication protocols, to multimodal content analysis with Artificial Intelligence techniques, and, finally, the application of integrated solutions in multiple applications fields.

IT heavily invests on research around Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality, 5G networks, with significant results on each field. Its close ties with industrial stakeholders and particularly innovative start-ups and spinoffs of Lefkippos Technology Park further facilitate the rapid incorporation of research results in products and services with huge financial and social impact.

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