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[ecrea] Workshop "The Turn to AI in Communication Governance"
Wed Jan 17 13:31:47 GMT 2018
Workshop: The turn to artificial intelligence in governing communication
20.03.2018 | 9:00 - 18:00
Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Französische Straße 9,
The technology underlying artificial intelligence research has
increasingly found applications in the area of content moderation and
communication governance on digital platforms. While the scale of
problematic online content makes a stronger move reasonable, taking down
content through automated means can be risky for online expression and
access to information. Amid an obscure use of AI-systems, opaque
implementation, vague definitions and a lack of accountability,
governments and policy-makers are heavily pressuring companies to take
action. And a few EU members states have already responded with new
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and
Access Now will host a workshop on technological advancements, the
extent of Artificial intelligence deployment and the range of approaches
to understanding the status and future impact of AI systems to govern
social communication on the internet.
We invite experts from different fields and backgrounds to participate
in the discussion on March 20, 2018 in Berlin. If you would like to
participate in the workshop, we ask you to apply with an expression of
interest being announced below.
The workshop will be organized around three problem-oriented questions
in order to map challenges of this development:
• Who are the primary agents of the socio-technical change to
artificial intelligence in content moderation?
• How is the turn to AI influenced (e.g. governance instruments)?
• Why is the process of change accepted, or not?
Sessions will be chaired by known experts who will provide inputs and
facilitate interaction among all participants.
• Niva Elkin-Koren (Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society | Haifa
Center for Law & Technology)
• Tarleton Gillespie (remotely – Microsoft Research New England |
• Michael Latzer (University of Zurich)
• Jillian York (Electronic Frontier Foundation | Center for Internet &
As the emerging issues transcend disciplinary boundaries and
perspectives, workshop participants will have diverse backgrounds.The
workshop particularly aims at the exchange between academics and
non-academics. It will bring researchers and practitioners from key
countries in Europe together.
We are looking forward to receiving applications from researchers from
all disciplines, members of interest groups and NGOs, as well as
practitioners (business, technology) with expertise in artificial
intelligence and automation systems in the context of content moderation
and the global governance of communication online.
Call for Expressions of Interest
If you would like to participate in the workshop, we ask you to apply
with an expression of interest, including (1) your field of work and the
related expertise, (2) the specific topics you would like to contribute
to the workshop, and (3) how you would benefit from the expertise of
other participants, and vice versa, how would participants benefit from
your particular contribution (approx. 500 words).
The workshop is limited to 25 participants.
Please send your application to (kirsten.gollatz /at/ hiig.de) by no later than
25 January 2018 with the subject line “AI and Communication Governance”.
We would highly appreciate if you could forward this call across your
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
explores the dynamic relationship between the Internet and society,
including the increasing interpenetration of digital infrastructures and
various domains of everyday life. Its goal is to understand the
interplay of social-cultural, legal, economic and technical norms in the
process of digitisation.
Access Now is an international not-for-profit civil society organisation
that defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the
world. We are a team of 40, with local staff in 10 locations around the
world. We maintain four legally incorporated entities – Belgium, Costa
Rica, Tunisia, and the United States – with our tech, advocacy, policy,
granting, and operations teams distributed across all regions. By
combining innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical
support, we fight for open and secure communications for all. Access Now
focuses on freedom of expression, privacy and data protection, network
discrimination and internet shutdowns, cybersecurity and more.
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