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EU Should Ban AI-Powered Citizen Scoring and Mass Surveillance, Say Experts

Thursday June 27, 2019. 04:02 PM , from Slashdot
A group of policy experts assembled by the EU has recommended that it ban the use of AI for mass surveillance and mass 'scoring of individuals'; a practice that potentially involves collecting varied data about citizens -- everything from criminal records to their behavior on social media -- and then using it to assess their moral or ethical integrity. From a report: The recommendations are part of the EU's ongoing efforts to establish itself as a leader in so-called 'ethical AI.' Earlier this year, it released its first guidelines on the topic, stating that AI in the EU should be deployed in a trustworthy and 'human-centric' manner. The new report offers more specific recommendations. These include identifying areas of AI research that require funding; encouraging the EU to incorporate AI training into schools and universities; and suggesting new methods to monitor the impact of AI. However, the paper is only a set of recommendations at this point, and not a blueprint for legislation. Notably, the suggestions that the EU should ban AI-enabled mass scoring and limit mass surveillance are some of the report's relatively few concrete recommendations.

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