AlgoRail: Is France neglecting health by improving health data access?

In March 2019, the establishment of a ‘Health Data Hub’ was adopted by the French National Assembly to allow AI projects to easily access health-related data. At the fifth stop of our AlgoRail through Europe, Nicolas Kayser-Bril takes us back 200 years when France first started collecting health information of its citizens, because of a wide-spread epidemic. In […]

AlgoRail: Staying in the UK despite Brexit – with the help of a mobile App

EU citizens can obtain permissions to stay in the UK via a mobile app. The partly automated checking has allowed for quick processing of the first 3 million applications. At the fourth stop of our AlgoRail through Europe, Hugo Barbieux explains the app’s functionality and the reasons why both some young and old users’ despair over the app. Pablo Duro is a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University. A few months ago, he received the “Pre-Settled” status, […]

AlgoRail: Belgium’s quest for fairness in school enrollments 

In the Flemish part of Belgium, camping became an icon of injustice. Parents slept in front of top schools in order to be the first in line to enroll their kids. This unnerving and unfair practice was stopped when the government introduced an algorithmic system to allocate school places. At the third stop of our AlgoRail through […]

AlgoRail: On the trail of algorithms

Summer has finally arrived, but the Corona pandemic has already put a damper on many people’s holiday plans. That’s why we want to go on a journey in our new blog series “AlgoRail” – all over Europe and always on the trail of algorithmic systems. Where are algorithmic systems already in use in other countries? […]

Digital Sovereignty in the EU

“Digital Sovereignty” is a term frequently used in political debates on the national and European level. What is meant by this? How can the EU be capable of asserting its own values and legal systems in a digital policy? The debate on “Digital Sovereignty” is not sufficiently based on evidence at the present time. To […]

The Ethics of Responses to Covid-19: A Twitter-Chat by Women in AI Ethics

How ethical are technological responses to Covid-19? Should AI systems be used as part of public health strategies? When doing so, how do we protect fundamental rights and freedoms, such as privacy and data protection? In a Twitter chat by Women in AI Ethics, Carla Hustedt, project lead of “The Ethics of Algorithms”, tackled these […]

The Urgent Need for Robust Trust – Cultivating an environment in which algorithmic decision-making serves society

On February 19, 2020, the European Commission published its “White Paper on Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust” and launched a consultation. We welcome the European Commission’s effort to harmonize AI regulation and create an ecosystem in which algorithmic decision-making systems work for people and become a force for good in society. In […]

We Humans and the Intelligent Machines

The use of algorithms has long since ceased to be science fiction and has become reality. Seemingly intelligent machines are part of our lives. They surround us and enter ever new, sensitive areas of life. They analyze human behavior and shape modern societies. We should deal with them before we get used to them. We […]