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Daniel Leufer

Daniel Leufer

Senior Policy Analyst and Emerging Technologies Policy Lead

Daniel is a Senior Policy Analyst at Access Now’s Brussels office and Emerging Technologies Policy Lead. His work focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on digital rights, with a particular focus on artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition, and biometrics. While he was a Mozilla Fellow, he developed aimyths.org, a website that gathers resources to tackle myths and misconceptions about AI. He has a PhD in Philosophy from KU Leuven in Belgium and is a member of the OECD Expert Group on AI Futures.
How to stay safe online in the context of conflict in Gaza

Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 

9 May 2024

Israel’s war on Gaza has revealed how mundane, unsophisticated AI surveillance systems are being used to unleash the most dystopian, tech-driven horrors on Palestinians.

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Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 
9 May 2024
Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 
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The EU AI Act: a failure for human rights, a victory for industry and law enforcement

13 Mar 2024

Loopholes and exemptions: the EU has voted to adopt an AI Act that fails to protect people from harm.

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The EU AI Act: a failure for human rights, a victory for industry and law enforcement
13 Mar 2024
The EU AI Act: a failure for human rights, a victory for industry and law enforcement
AI Act

Human rights protections…with exceptions: what’s (not) in the EU’s AI Act deal

14 Dec 2023

The E.U. just agreed to (not quite a) deal on the AI Act. But what’s in it? What’s missing? And what happens now?

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Human rights protections…with exceptions: what’s (not) in the EU’s AI Act deal
14 Dec 2023
Human rights protections…with exceptions: what’s (not) in the EU’s AI Act deal
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Open letter: European Parliament must stand strong on AI Act fundamental rights protections 

22 Oct 2023

The European Parliament must uphold vital fundamental rights protections within the E.U. AI Act to regulate the use of AI in law enforcement, migration, and national security.

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Open letter: European Parliament must stand strong on AI Act fundamental rights protections 
22 Oct 2023
Open letter: European Parliament must stand strong on AI Act fundamental rights protections 
AI Biometrics

No such thing as a “normal” body: new report explores how AI biometrics oppress people

16 Oct 2023

New report: “Bodily harms: mapping the risks of emerging biometric tech” explores AI biometric technology systems.

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No such thing as a “normal” body: new report explores how AI biometrics oppress people
16 Oct 2023
No such thing as a “normal” body: new report explores how AI biometrics oppress people
Bodily harms: how AI and biometrics curtail human rights

Bodily harms: mapping the risks of emerging biometric tech

16 Oct 2023

Access Now’s paper on how biometric technologies are becoming increasingly interwoven into our everyday lives, and how AI is driving the adoption of ableist technologies that marginalize anyone who doesn’t fit into their definition of a “normal” body.

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Bodily harms: mapping the risks of emerging biometric tech
16 Oct 2023
Bodily harms: mapping the risks of emerging biometric tech
Bodily harms: how AI and biometrics curtail human rights

Bodily harms: how AI and biometrics curtail human rights

16 Oct 2023

Biometric technologies are becoming increasingly interwoven into our everyday lives. A new Access Now report explores how AI is driving the adoption of ableist technologies that marginalize anyone who doesn’t fit into their definition of a “normal” body.

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Bodily harms: how AI and biometrics curtail human rights
16 Oct 2023
Bodily harms: how AI and biometrics curtail human rights
AI Act

Joint statement: EU legislators must close dangerous loophole in AI Act

7 Sep 2023

Big Tech has lobbied to introduce a major loophole to the EU AI Act’s high-risk classification process. We call on EU legislators to maintain a high level of protection in the AI Act. 

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Joint statement: EU legislators must close dangerous loophole in AI Act
7 Sep 2023
Joint statement: EU legislators must close dangerous loophole in AI Act
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EU Trilogues: The AI Act must protect people’s rights

12 Jul 2023

As EU trilogues on the AI Act kick off, Access Now and partners call on institutions to put fundamental rights first.

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EU Trilogues: The AI Act must protect people’s rights
12 Jul 2023
EU Trilogues: The AI Act must protect people’s rights
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Historic vote in the European Parliament: dangerous AI surveillance banned, but not for migrant people at the borders

14 Jun 2023

In a victory for fundamental rights, the European Parliament has given the green light to a much-improved Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) in a plenary vote. The AI Act is a cornerstone legislation that should ensure people’s rights across the EU and at the border are protected from surveillance and put before Big Tech and security industry profits.

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Historic vote in the European Parliament: dangerous AI surveillance banned, but not for migrant people at the borders
14 Jun 2023
Historic vote in the European Parliament: dangerous AI surveillance banned, but not for migrant people at the borders