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Athens Roundtable On Artificial Intelligence And Rule Of Law - AI Summary

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The Council of Europe is taking part in the third edition (online) of the "Athens Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence and the Rule of Law" on 6 and 7 December. Organised by the Future Society and ELONTech under the Patronage of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the event is co-hosted by UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament's Panel on the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), IEEE SA, the Center on Civil Justice at the NYU School of Law and the National Judicial College, among other institutions. It will also address important issues at the intersection of AI, industry, government and law, including civil liability regimes, regulatory compliance, privacy and consumer protection, and judicial capacity building. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić is speaking at the opening. The Director of Information Society – Action against Crime, Jan Kleijssen, is taking part in the panel "EU AI Act and Beyond: Regulatory Perspectives from Europe and the United States" and the Head of the Information Society Department, Patrick Penninckx in the panel on "AI and Human Rights".


The Athens Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence and the Rule of Law

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See list and speakers following the plenary agenda, below. The Athens Roundtable is committed to advancing legal stakeholder education in AI and the law. The Roundtable is being held with the intention that attendees qualify for continuing legal education in their areas of professional practice. Attendance is upon invitation only. If you wish to attend, please request an invitation at aiathens@thefuturesociety.org.


Europe's AI Act falls far short on protecting fundamental rights, civil society groups warn – TechCrunch

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Civil society has been poring over the detail of the European Commission's proposal for a risk-based framework for regulating applications of artificial intelligence which was proposed by the EU's executive back in April. The verdict of over a hundred civil society organizations is that the draft legislation falls far short of protecting fundamental rights from AI-fuelled harms like scaled discrimination and blackbox bias -- and they've published a call for major revisions. "We specifically recognise that AI systems exacerbate structural imbalances of power, with harms often falling on the most marginalised in society. As such, this collective statement sets out the call of 11[5] civil society organisations towards an Artificial Intelligence Act that foregrounds fundamental rights," they write, going on to identify nine "goals" (each with a variety of suggested revisions) in the full statement of recommendations. The Commission, which drafted the legislation, billed the AI regulation as a framework for "trustworthy", "human-centric" artificial intelligence.


Helsinki Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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A two-day High-Level Conference "Governing the Game Changer – Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human rights, democracy and the rule of law" opened in Helsinki today. "New technology, the collection of massive amounts of data, and the use of information, has already changed the lives of people all over the world. Yet, I believe that the "Big Bang" has yet to come. Questions to be raised include: Are some groups neglected or do they face special challenges due to biased algorithms? What happens to democracy, security and accountability? What are the impacts of artificial intelligence on justice systems? How can we ensure that artificial intelligence supports the advancement of democracy and the rule of law?, said the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Timo Soini, in his opening speech. "The Artificial Intelligence revolution long forecast is no longer something for the future.


Council of Europe starts work on legally-binding AI treaty – Government & civil service news

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The Council of Europe is working on a future legal framework to regulate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across all 47 member states. The Council's Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) held a three-day meeting on 6-8 July attended by around 150 international experts. The purpose of the meeting was to draw up "concrete proposals on the feasibility study of a future legal framework on artificial intelligence based on human rights, democracy and the rule of law," according to the Council. Representatives from all 47 member states, including Russia, attended the online meeting alongside delegates from'observer states' (USA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Vatican and Israel) and AI experts drawn from civil society, academia, and business. Other international organisations such as the EU, OECD and the UN will also contribute to CAHAI's work on potential AI regulation.