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Societal and ethical impacts of artificial intelligence: Critical notes on European policy frameworks

Lucia Vesnic-Alujevic, Susana Nascimento and Alexandre Pólvora

Telecommunications Policy, 2020, vol. 44, issue 6

Abstract: This paper offers a critical review on conditions and impacts of AI/ML in society, with a dedicated overview of the European AI policy framework. Through the analysis of policy papers produced by European institutions, European national governments and other organisations situated between research and policy-making, we bring an overarching outlook of key ethical and societal issues currently under discussion at the intersection of European policy agendas and recent literature on the topic. Our findings show that 21 analysed documents look both at individual and societal impacts, with their understanding generally aligned in calls for more responsibility, accountability, transparency, safety or trust. Furthermore, our findings also point to the necessity of more integrated approaches between governments, industry and academia stakeholders, and above all, to the need of applied multidisciplinary frameworks, supported by both anticipatory outlooks and public engagement exercises able to tackle the often excessive technicality of the debate.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2020.101961

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