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Ethics in the use of AI: Can regulators agree a standard approach?


Ethics in the use of AI: Can regulators agree a standard approach?


The EU digital agenda for the 2019-2024 mandate is marked by a series of broad-ranging reforms, which are intended to guide Europe through the digital transition, as new technologies emerge. With Artificial Intelligence at the heart of the debate, the issue of ethics, namely in regulating data gathering and usage, remains centre stage.

But who should decide what is ‘ethical’ when it comes to regulation? A principles-based, human-centred framework might be the solution, as policymakers cannot foresee the direction in which technology will develop. Recent EU national strategies on AI are framed in this direction, since they underline specific needs and the hierarchy of steps needed to evaluate the potential harm of AI and to find legislation to address this.

In recent years, the European Commission has highlighted the importance of being a leader in the development of trustworthy AI technologies. Nevertheless, legislating all applications of AI can halt innovation without tackling its potential harm, as prescriptive overregulation may hamper the efficiency of new technologies. This would have effects across the EU economy as innovative usage of AI is increasingly being seen in all industries. In the insurance sector, for example, algorithms are being used for quicker processes in loss predictions and claims handling.

EURACTIV invites you to this Virtual Conference to discuss the ethical principles and frameworks in the regulation of artificial intelligence. Questions will include:

- What is the current European approach to ethics in AI? Are all Member States on the same page?
- How can policymakers ensure that most EU citizens back their ethical framework on AI?
- How do we make sure that an AI legislative framework fostering trustworthy AI doesn’t hamper innovation?
- How will companies address bias and discrimination when using AI? What could be the consequences of bias in a sector such as insurance?
- How can legislators ensure that no AI system will be able to misuse sensitive private data?


Supported by:




Kilian Gross, Head of Unit Technologies & Systems for Digitising Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Eva Kaili MEP, ITRE Committee Member, European Parliament
Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou MEP, AIDA Committee Member, European Parliament
Eline Chivot, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation
Rui Ferreira, Group Chief Data Governance Officer , Zurich


Brian Maguire, Journalist, EURACTIV


09:30 - 09:35 Welcome
09:35 - 09:50 Panellists statements
09:50 - 10:40 Discussion and Q&A
10:40 - 10:45 Closing statements


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