Anastasia Karagianni


Anastasia Karagianni is a certified Lawyer in the Bar Association of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is passionate about Law and Technology and this is the reason why she decided her LL.M. in International Human Rights Law to focus on digital rights. She worked as a Junior Legal Officer at the Digital Freedom Fund in Berlin, while her awareness of the rights of the child led her to take action in 2017 and found ChildAct. ChildAct is an initiative for the advocacy and legal protection of children’s digital rights, mainly of their privacy and data protection. If you want to learn more about children’s online privacy, you can watch her TEDx Talk on this matter (cited only in Greek).Anastasia is currently a PhD candidate at the Vrije University of Brussels conducting research on gender discrimination in AI, while she is a Mozilla Foundation Awardee for the project ”A feminist dictionary in AI’‘. She is also a co-founder of DATAWO, a civil society organisation based in Greece that advocates for gender equality in the digital era- and is willing to work in the field of strategic litigation for the advancement of digital rights protection from the perspective of gender equality.


The conceptualisation of sexualised deepfakes as AI-generated image-based violence

In the Spotlight: Anastasia

What motivates you to present at the festival?

Because our voices should be raised. As women/femininities we need to reclaim our space in this AI era and reshape our AI future.

What is one person in your field of work that you admire and why?

Pr. Gloria Gonzalez Fuster, my supervisor, because she is super cool and does amazing work in the data protection field.

Why would you recommend someone to join this field?

Because we need to hear more diverse voices than the usual and common one of white cis straight men. In this way, we can be meaningfully inclusive.

What is the hottest topic/thing you have learned in the last few months, and why?

I've learnt a lot about attractiveness, beauty filters and facial analysis.

What is something funny that you have found out about the industry you are working in related to Data or AI?

People think that when we talk about women in AI and Data, LGBTQIA+ people are not included...And it is funny because they think that we will talk about women in a very stereotypical and sexist way.