White Paper on Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust

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Series Details COM (2020) 65
Publication Date 19/02/2020
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White Paper published by the European Commission on 19 February 2020, setting out a coordinated European approach on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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The European Commission argues that a common approach across Europe is required in the context of fierce global competition. This approach build on the European strategy for Artificial Intelligence from 2018. This would create a 'European way', based on its values, to promote the development and deployment of AI.

The creation of this European approach on the human and ethical implications of AI was announced by the President of the European Commission as she unveiled her Political Guidelines, together with a reflection on the better use of big data for innovation. The Commission thus supports a regulatory and investment oriented approach with the twin objective of promoting the uptake of AI and of addressing the risks associated with certain uses of this technology. The purpose of this White Paper is to set out policy options on how to achieve these objectives. It does not address the development and use of AI for military purposes.

The White Paper was published on 19 February 2020, as part of a package setting out Europe's Digital Future. An open consultation was also launched to last until 19 May.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2020:65:FIN
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  • https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/white-paper-artificial-intelligence-european-approach-excellence-and-trust_en
  • https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/commission-white-paper-artificial-intelligence-feb2020_en.pdf
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Commentary and Analysis
Leuven University: CITIP Blog, 28/01/2020: The European Union as a Rule-Maker of Artificial Intelligence https://www.law.kuleuven.be/citip/blog/the-european-union-as-a-rule-maker-of-artificial-intelligence/
EUObserver, 06/02/2020: Why EU will find it difficult to legislate on AI https://euobserver.com/opinion/147346
ALDE Party: News, 12/02/2020: Artificial Intelligence: an opportunity for EU leadership https://www.aldeparty.eu/news/artificial-intelligence-opportunity-eu-leadership
Bruegel: Podcast, 14/02/2020: The EU’s plan to catch up on artificial intelligence https://www.bruegel.org/2020/02/the-eus-plan-to-catch-up-on-artificial-intelligence/
Politico, 17/02/2020: Europe may be the world’s AI referee, but referees don’t win https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-may-be-the-worlds-ai-referee-but-referees-dont-win-margrethe-vestager/
Euronews, 19/02/2020: Artificial intelligence: How is the EU planning to make up ground on US and Chinese firms? https://www.euronews.com/2020/02/19/the-eu-s-new-ai-strategy-what-you-need-to-know
Euro|topics, February 2020: EU wants to regulate and promote AI https://www.eurotopics.net/en/235565/

BBC News, 19/02/2020: EU plans new rules for AI but experts seek more detail https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51559010
Deutsche Welle, 19/02/2020: European Union unveils plans to regulate AI https://p.dw.com/p/3XzHu
The Wall Street Journal, 19/02/2020: Big Tech to Face More Requirements in Europe on Data Sharing, AI https://www.wsj.com/articles/big-tech-to-faces-more-restrictions-in-europe-on-data-ai-11582111937
EurActiv, 19/02/2020: High-risk Artificial Intelligence to be ‘certified, tested and controlled,’ Commission says https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/high-risk-artificial-intelligence-to-be-certified-tested-and-controlled-commission-says/
Associated Press, 19/02/2020: EU proposes rules for artificial intelligence to limit risks https://apnews.com/19ec99f8a970fe14a99a84d52017ec22

European Commission: Press Release, 19/02/2020: Shaping Europe's digital future: Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_273
European Commission: News, 19/02/2020: Shaping Europe's digital future: op-ed by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ac_20_260
European Commission: Shaping Europe's digital future – Questions and Answers (19 February 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_264
European Commission: Press remarks by President von der Leyen on the Commission's new strategy: Shaping Europe's Digital Future (19 February 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_294

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