14 December 2020, 10 am CET | Online Conference

Doing AI the European way: Protecting fundamental rights in an era of artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already present in many areas of our daily lives. Public authorities may use it when handling social welfare applications or to support the work of the police. Private companies use it for developing tools to support health services or when placing adverts online. AI has rapidly moved up the political agenda, including in efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Policymakers recognise the need to promote technological, economic and social innovation. But they also acknowledge that the use of AI must respect fundamental rights and freedoms, including privacy, data protection and non-discrimination.

Discussions about the fundamental rights implications of AI often lack concrete examples and experiences from the ground. The forthcoming report ‘Getting the Future right – Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Rights’ from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) provides an analysis of fundamental rights implications based on examples of actual use of AI and related technologies by businesses and public administration in the EU. On 14 December 2020, FRA will launch the report at this joint event with the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Leading experts and opinion leaders will discuss what the report shows about the impact on fundamental rights of the use of AI, and the resulting requirements for a future EU framework regulating AI. This online event will provide an opportunity to engage in important discussions on how legally binding fundamental rights standards can shape the development of AI laws and policies, particularly in light of the European Commission’s forthcoming legal proposals, due in the first quarter of 2021.

This online event is your chance to discuss these and other aspects with experts and leading stakeholders in three different panel discussions:

  • How can we enforce legally-binding fundamental rights?
  • How do we set standards and promote best practices?
  • How can we develop solid, workable law and policy?

  • Polling questions, Q&As and short videos will ensure a fully interactive event. The live stream will be publicly available, but you will need to register by e-mail to participate in the interactive parts. In order to register for the event, send us an e-mail to zb3-eu2020@bmjv.bund.de with the subject line "European Way on AI" and you will receive a link to the registration page.