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Algorithmic systems in the coronavirus pandemic – The European approach between surveillance and the protection of basic rights

Can technologies such as contact-tracing apps and facial recognition software serve as silver-bullet solutions to the coronavirus pandemic? Hoping this to be the case, a number of countries are rushing to implement algorithmic decision-making systems (ADM). Balancing the technology’s potential in crisis management with a respect for basic rights, Europe aims to serve as an […]

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 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 […]

Automated Decisions: Europe must speak with one voice

Automated decisions have become a part of many Europeans’ daily lives. Whether for job searches in Finland, healthcare functions in Italy, or the identification of neglected children in Denmark, such systems are coming into use in many EU countries – often for core public-administration functions. Will the EU be able to develop a common response […]

What Europe Knows and Thinks about Algorithms

“Algorithm” has become one of our era’s prominent buzzwords, with hardly any political or economic debate lacking some reference. Media coverage of algorithms is also growing dramatically – today, the topic can even be found on newspapers’ front pages. However – or perhaps because of this – it is worth taking a look beneath the […]

Monitoring algorithmic systems will need more than the EU’s GDPR

Algorithmic systems evaluate people – which poses risks – for us as individuals, for groups and for society as a whole. It is therefore important that algorithmic processes be auditable. Can the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) help foster this kind of oversight and protect us from the risks inherent to algorithmic decision-making? Answers […]