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Artificial Intelligence – Curse or Blessing? Discussion at the European media days

2 Dec , 2023  

Lech, 1 December 2023: The great transformation – fears, challenges and bright spots were the focus of the 15th European media summit in Lech am Arlberg/ Austria. As part of the science forum at the University of Innsbruck, Dr. Viorela Dan from the University of Innsbruck, Dr. Justus Piater, Head of the Digital Science Center at the University of Innsbruck and Dr. Armin Rabitsch from Election-Watch.EU ( discussed the challenges and opportunities of artificial intelligence, especially with regard to the upcoming 2024 European elections.

Election-Watch.EU and Armin Rabitsch have published on AI’s impact on elections and raised the following questions:

Who should decide which content should be removed, for which reasons, when and how?
Who should develop standards for, and implement, content moderation algorithms?
Who should decide on access to data and code for content-moderation algorithms?
How do we know what gets deleted, and whether what gets deleted violates laws or not (e.g., on hate speech, violent content, deep fakes, …)?

In other words, how do we know that an AI generated content monitor does not mistakenly remove legitimate content, and by removing it thus violates the freedom of expression?

Find further literature under the following links:
UNESCO Guide on Elections in Digital Times
Policy paper on AI and freedom of expression in political competition and elections

© Photo, thanks to Dr. Natascha Zeitel-Bank

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