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High Profile event set up within the six-month Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe focuses on the links between Artificial Intelligence and human rights

​1 April 2022. The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on human rights, on democracy and on rule of law in the construction of a people-oriented future: this shall be the underlying topic of a high-profile event to be hosted on Monday 4 April at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, co-organised by the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and of the European Council and part of the series of meetings of the Italy’s six-month term presidency.

The meeting will take place at the Farnesina starting from 10:30 am, with remarks by Undersecretary of State, Benedetto Della Vedova, and Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Bjørn Berge, followed by the President of the Parliament Inter-group on Artificial Intelligence, Alessandro Fusacchia, and will be moderated by Professor Paola Pisano, Minister Di Maio’s Scientific Expert for the digital economy and the evolution of technological innovation. The event will be attended by representatives of the European Commission, of the academic sphere, of the industry and of the institutions, marking an important step in the process that aims to make Europe a global benchmark of excellence in the sector the debate focuses on.
The impact of Artificial Intelligence will be further analysed from the standpoint of the European Union (by Kilian Gross, Artificial Intelligence Policy Development and Coordination, European Commission, who will study the report from a European viewpoint), of the academic world (Virginia Dignum, Umeå University), of ethics (Paolo Benanti, Università Gregoriana), of the industry, including business models (Cornelia Kutterer, Microsoft) and of the protection of human rights (Guido Scorza, Authority of the Data Protection Officer).
The conclusions will provide a contribution for studying in depth and guiding and starting the works of the Ad Hoc Committee of Artificial Intelligence of the Council of Europe (CAHAI), whose opening session will take place at the Farnesina, starting on Monday afternoon and continuing until Wednesday 6 April. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has entrusted CAHAI with the task of negotiating and drafting the text of a conventional legal instrument of the Organisation on Artificial Intelligence. This is a complex and ambitious exercise that will start under the aegis and at the instigation of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.


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