Data & Artificial Intelligence

Initiatief van:  
HSD Office

We are entering an era of hybrid (economic) opportunities and threats generated by the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and other powerful dual-use technologies, with implications for nearly every aspect of daily lives. This AI convergence with complex socio-technical systems is visable in a set of in-depth scenario’s:


  • Manipulate and simulate information by amplifying hybrid cyberthreats and political and social engineering;
  • Intrusive and coercive forms of surveillance and use of personal data;
  • Smart, vulnerable cities where new form sof virtual, physical and urban attacks, crime and violence could drastically increase human and civilian insecurity;
  • Empowering potential of AI convergence to address many risks by technological optimization for progress related to security and justice and diminishing crises and risks.


Because of the social impact of Artificial Intelligence, it is important that companies, government, knowledge institutions and end users work together more closely. Cooperation increases the effectiveness, with the aim of reaping the benefits of applying AI within the security domain.


As accelerator and facilitator of the Dutch Security Cluster, HSD Office wants to contribute to the flourishing of cross-pollination. Aiming to create a more secure society and economic growth. Therefore HSD Office developed an AI programme, supporting the Dutch AI strategy by AINED (TopTeam ICT, VNO-NCW, ICAI, NWO, TNO), providing the answer to the questions: 


  1. How can opportunities be exploited and frameworks created that provide AI for applications within the Security domain and how can secure AI applications be realised?
  2. How can the interactive HSD community be used to accelerate (the security of) AI applications within the security domain?


Public-Private collaborations to develop concepts of AI applications

The AI programme wants to contribute to more effective Dutch public safety policies. This is realised by focussing on facilitating public-private knowledge and innovation programmes which result in concepts for AI applications and how they are shared within the innovation eco-system. An example is the innovation programma: Automated Security Operations.


In addition, we constantly bring together triple helix partners to explore new AI possibilities and programmes, to articulate focused demands, and establish a framework for collaboration. Also HSD Office aims at working more closely together with other network organisations and innovation hubs, such as Yes!Delft, The Hague (AI & Blockchain) and The Hague Tech. 


For an overview of the 2020 AI Landscape: startup and scale-ups in Greater Rotterdam-The Hague Region click here.


HSD Office AI Study & Cafés/Webinars

As part of the AI programme, HSD Office launced a study about AI and the implications for cyber security. It provided us insight in the AI community, the topic and the possibility to explore the opportunities. To share the outcomes of the studie, HSD Office took part of the Rotterdam Venture Cafe on AI, Ethics & Security (21 March 2019) and organised an HSD Café (11 June 2019) that focusses on Artificial Intelligence within the public safety domain. The goal of the Cafes was to determine which priorities we are going to pursue together with our partners. On 29 October 2020, HSD Office organised an webinar and HSD Cafe on AI, Security and Ethics discussing the challenges of the use of AI in the Security domain and the ethical constraints that come with it. This webinar was also part of the digital Hackathon for Peace, Justice & Security programme 2020.





Contribution to NL AI Coalitie

Many data and intelligence challenges are related to the reliability of intelligence data gathering and sharing and the provision of optimal support for intelligence analyses and decision making. This requires a holistic approach and thus the input of technological, organisational, linguistic, legal, ethical and sociological perspectives and knowledge. Interdisciplinary collaboration, whereby scientists from all disciplines bring their knowledge together to further technological development, can strengthen the research generated by this call for proposals. 


On behalf of the Ministry of Justice and Security, the HSD Office facilitates and supports this in our role as chair of both the working group MMIP Data & Intelligence and, the working group Security, Peace and Justice in the NL AI Coalition. HSD aligns different stakeholders and facilitates on matchmaking and building consortia.  


For more information about concrete matchmaking and consortia in AI or Data and Intelligence in the security domain, please contact Paul Coumans, Innovation Liaison HSD/secretary MMIP Data &Intelligence/NLAIC working group Security, Peace & Justice via


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Paul Coumans
Paul Coumans
Junior Innovation Liaison