21 Apr, 2021

Artificial intelligence: four liberal lawmakers share their views

In February 2020, the European Commission unveiled its strategy to shape Europe’s digital future. This plan, overseen by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and supported by Commissioner Thierry Breton, included both a Data Strategy and a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence, which takes a human-centric approach to mobilise resources amongst the private and public sectors to create the right incentives and build a framework for trustworthy AI based on excellence and trust.

Today, on 21 April, the European Commission published a follow-up to the White Paper on AI. More information is available on the website of the Commission press service.

Ahead of this release, we asked some of our liberal lawmakers how they see Artificial Intelligence and its regulatory principles:

Dita Charanzová, Vice-President of ALDE Party and the European Parliament:

“We must reduce the barriers for innovation in Europe while making sure that the fundamental rights of users are protected.”

Mario Brandenburg, Member of German national Parliament:

“Smart regulation is about empowerment to empower each and everybody to live his or her way with or without Artificial Intelligence.”

Karen Melchior, Member of the European Parliament:

“We do not have digital human rights, we have human rights. The code of algorithms must protect these rights just as we protect them within letters and words of our laws.”

Christoffer Aagaard Melson, Member of Danish national Parliament:

“Europe needs to be ambitious when it comes to AI if we want to stay competitive with the rest of the world while making sure we also protect the privacy of our citizens.”

You can watch our video in full here or below

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