Q1/2020 - OSCE, Roundtable on the impact of artificial intelligence on freedom of expression
The OSCE has launched a new research project on artificial intelligence and freedom of expression. The project is supervised by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir. As a prelude, a roundtable discussion of a draft paper titled “Spotlight on Artificial Intelligence & Freedom of Expression” was held in Vienna on 10 March 2020. The project aims to find out what influence AI-based algorithms have on freedom of the media and freedom of expression with regard to the evaluation of information content. This includes an investigation of the role of Internet intermediaries, social media and “information gatekeepers”. It will be examined how Internet platforms manage information content (content moderation), including content deletion (content removal), how the use of artificial intelligence in information management is becoming a new threat to freedom of expression (e.g. through permanent monitoring of individual communication) and what impact this has on pluralism and diversity in the media and opinion landscape. The draft paper includes nine recommendations for further research. An OSCE expert conference is scheduled to take place in Vienna at the start of July 2020.