The Malta Independent 3 February 2023, Friday
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Artificial Intelligence – a very present and actual driver of decisions

Tuesday, 29 November 2022, 12:29 Last update: about 3 months ago

Alex Agius Saliba

Contemporary society is being shaped by an invisible force that is fast becoming the most determining factors in our day-to-day lives. Artificial intelligence is no longer a futuristic concept that may or may not push the ethical boundaries of our existence, but a very present and actual driver of decisions, both large or small, extraordinary, or mundane. Such a pressing matter deserves extensive regulation that protects the rights of citizens and shields them from unwarranted intrusions into their private lives.


The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament has put AI at the forefront of the EU's digital agenda and is continuously engaging stakeholders to shape a robust position on the matter. The Group is intent on introducing a set of rights that will bolster enforcement of the rules laid down in the EU's proposed Regulation, as well as effective tools which shall help European citizens seek redress against damages caused by Artificial Intelligence systems.

These rights consist of a right to an explanation by owners or operators of AI systems, the right to complain before a supervisory authority, the right to an effective judicial remedy against a national supervisory authority and the right to collective redress.

The proposed Regulations should start by properly defining who an "affected person" may be in terms of EU law, and how such persons may access mechanisms that will provide effective redress in situations where public enforcement is not enough, and their rights have been trampled upon by AI systems. Apart from providing explanations, we are also proposing that the Regulation should cover so-called "black-box" phenomena and we are of the opinion that AI should fall squarely under the EU's "Collective Redress" directive. The above proposals and many other ideas on how the European Union can strike the right balance between driving digital innovation and protecting its citizens from the negative effects of automated decision-making processes shall be at the heart of the S&D Group's Artificial Intelligence Action Day, an event to be held in four European cities: Valletta, Turin, Copenhagen and Leon on the 1st December 2022. The Workshop which I shall host, on behalf of the Group, in Valletta shall focus on remedies and redress rights and shall bring together leading local experts in the field to help shape the Group's position on this vital subject.


Artificial Intelligence Action Day 
Thursday 1 December 2022 at 6pm.
Venue: MCAST Library Paola 

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