Russia demonstrates how AI can be abused

Three significant gaps in the AI Act

The forthcoming Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) is one step closer to its adoption. In mid-March, as the opinion rapporteur I presented the draft opinion of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT). Remote biometric recognition, e-proctoring, and artificial intelligence in media. These are priorities for the upcoming negotiations that must not be forgotten in the proposal. Ban of facial recognition without exceptions At present, we can see how the Russian regime abuses facial recognition systems to detect protesters. [Read More]

NGOs call for a ban on facial recognition without loopholes

The Commission's proposal could enable mass and discriminatory surveillance

Last week, digital rights and consumer protection organizations around the world called for a global ban on facial recognition technologies. As I already wrote in one of my previous articles, these systems can pose a risk to fundamental rights as they enable mass and discriminatory surveillance by both governments and corporations. Especially, the pandemic has opened the door to data collection and tracking on an unimaginable scale. How? NGOs raised their voice in favor of the ban The use of facial recognition technology is becoming widespread. [Read More]

Artificial intelligence determines our lives

The risks associated with it must be addressed today

Many of us imagine artificial intelligence (AI) as sci-fi characters like Terminator or Robocop. However, AI plays a crucial role in the digital transformation of society and is already part of our daily lives. Algorithms select suitable clothes for us, sort our CVs during hiring, or decide what content on social networks is displayed to us. Although we should move forward together with technological progress, we should also be aware of the possible threats that come from the development of artificial intelligence. [Read More]

Position of the European Parliament on Artificial Intelligence

Disappointing in not addressing mass surveillance properly among others

Last month, the European Parliament voted on several reports regarding the future legislation on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Namely, these were reports on the framework of ethical aspects of AI, robotics and related technologies, on the civil liability regime for AI, and on so-called intellectual property rights for the development of AI technologies. I voted against all these reports for numerous reasons. Let’s take a closer look at them. In many respects, these reports reacted to the white paper on AI: a European approach to excellence and trust, which the Commission published in February. [Read More]

Artificial Intelligence

The future European approach

On February 19, the Commission presented its white paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI): a European approach to excellence and trust. As previously explained on my blog, the topic is not merely a techy issue, but already impacts the life of many of us, be it applying for a job, ordering food, or content moderation software, etc. The proposal is open for consultation for any interested stakeholder or individual. The deadline for your remarks is May 19, 2020, in case you’d like to comment on it. [Read More]