Artificial Intelligence and Democracy

Director General of Democracy participates in Helsinki Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Helsinki, Finland 26 February 2019
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Snežana SAMARDŽIC- MARKOVIC, at the Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Helsinki

Snežana SAMARDŽIC- MARKOVIC, at the Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Helsinki

Mrs Snežana SAMARDŽIC- MARKOVIC delivered today (26 February) a keynote speech during the High-level conference on “Governing the Game Changer – Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human rights, democracy and the rule of law”, organized by the Council of Europe and Finnish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

At the opening the session “ Artificial Intelligence and Democracy” she underlined that “the era of AI comes at a very important stage for our societies, affected by a wide-spread dissatisfaction with the present - and fear and uncertainty about the future. Our attitudes towards new technologies often reflect that fear and the sense of loss of control. In the future, AI will likely have a tremendous impact on the way public authorities are constituted, on the way citizens are involved in decision and on the way public authority is exercised”.

Outlining the work perspectives of the Directorate General she leads, she stressed that the DG will examine, as a matter of priority, “the possible consequences of the growing use of AI, particularly with respect to its potential influence in triggering hate speech, in the conduct of law enforcement bodies leading to racial profiling practices, and its potential effects on integration policies for refugees or minorities”.


Read the introductory speech, “AI and Democracy” by Snežana SAMARDŽIC- MARKOVIC, Director General of Democracy