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Algorithm Registries in Amsterdam and Helsinki

New algorithmic governance in cities within Europe shows promise in 2020

There are growing concerns with the effect algorithmic governance has on society. Recent hit documentaries like The Social Dilemma is one aspect, however there is far more to consider. America (mainly Trump) banning TikTok and WeChat from America. Ethical concerns of artificial intelligence are becoming a growing discussion. AI for children has been explored by UNICEF. Nations across the world are making national and multilateral AI strategies, many include discussions ethics or consequences of the applications of technology.

City AI registry: to detail how each city government uses algorithms to deliver services.

Amsterdam and Helsinki launched AI registries to detail how each city government uses algorithms to deliver services.

“A complete algorithmic registry can empower citizens and give them a way to evaluate, examine, or question governments’ applications of AI.”

Afterwards she mentions that U.S has created automated decision systems in 2017 to assess city use of algorithms and that a report last year found a lack of transparency and inability to access information about algorithms used by city government agencies.

  1. The same week, EU Commission members began talks with high-level Chinese officials about issues important to the global economy including AI.
  2. The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) launched the second wave of its pan-European initiative to accelerate AI research in dozens of cities across the EU, continuing the $220 million initiative to keep AI talent in Europe.
  3. In another example of Finland attempting to create a more democratic approach to AI, last December government officials made AI training available with the stated goal of training at least 1% of EU citizens about the fundamentals of AI.”

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AI Policy and Ethics at Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own.

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