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A hundred entities require the EU to strictly regulate Artificial Intelligence

  • Up to 120 civil organizations warn that algorithmic systems are amplifying “social inequalities” and “mass surveillance” in Europe

The Artificial intelligence (HE) is expanding to more and more corners of our lives. Although the technology is neutral and dependent on its use, the unsupervised deployment of algorithmic systems it has already demonstrated its potential detrimental effects, both among private companies and in the public administration. That is why this Tuesday up to 120 civil society organizations have sent a letter to the European Union (EU) in which they require that the community law that is being prepared meets a series of strict objectives.

“The use of systems of facial recognition and others like it has been used throughout Europe in a way that leads to the biometric mass surveillance (& mldr;) already amplify some of the deeper social inequalities and power imbalances & rdquor ;, it reads his manifesto. AI serves social networks to predict our behavior, to companies such as airlines to adjust their prices and to public institutions to help in the management of processes such as the granting of prison permits, as happens in prisons in Catalonia. However, its application has also had disastrous effects. Thus, algorithmic systems have led discrimination when they have served to speed up deportations, reinforce police surveillance against immigrant communities or to deny access to health services or public aid. In the Netherlands, for example, up to 30,000 vulnerable families were denied such benefits for no reason.

Until now, these algorithmic systems have been deployed unsupervised, following the logic of Silicon Valley from “move fast and break things & rdquor ;. Along the way, those “things & rdquor; they have been fundamental rights. “The lack of regulation Approach to the development and deployment of AI-powered technology poses a threat to our digital and human rights, ”the statement reads.

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That is why these 120 groups, specialized in algorithmic research and civil rights, request that European regulation elaborate a future strategy on the risks of AI, that systems that harm fundamental rights or that mechanisms be created to facilitate accountability and meaningful compensation for those affected. Likewise, a transparency public use of these systems, which are sustainable with the environment and an overall improvement of standards.

Among those 120 organizations there are 12 from Spanish: Algorights, Asociación Salud y Familia, DIMMONS Digital Commons Research Group, DonesTech, Eticas Foundation, Fundación Secretariado Gitano, Implementation Team of the Decade of People of African Descent, Interferences,, NOVACT, University and Science We are syndicalists and Xnet.

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