The EU's New Digital Plans


writer icon Samuel Christiansen     Christian Wagner   |   Tech     🕐 04. Oct. 2019

Tech companies' AI algorithms will need to be examined in the future. This is the message from the new President of the EU Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen.

"We have to acclimatise our internal market to the digital age, we have to make the most of artificial intelligence and big data, we have to improve our cybersecurity, and we have to work hard with our technology sovereignty," Von der Leyen said as she presented the nominees to her EU Commission.

Digital Diplomacy
Since her entry into the presidency, Von der Leyen has identified digitization as one of the cornerstones of the EU's work going forward.

"Upgrading the rules of responsibility and security on our digital platforms, services, and products" is crucial, according to Von der Leyen.

Not only does she want the EU to focus on new legislation, but she also wants to set a good example and digitize the European Commission by implementing digital methods and tools for digital diplomacy.

Legislation on AI
She explains how she finds it necessary to propose European legislation on the ethical issues of AI. She also wants to look at how AI and data-driven innovation can be used to create prosperity in society and companies.

Priority should be given to investments in AI, is the message from Von der Leyen.

The EU's current digital agenda expires in 2020. A digital agenda which has been in place since 2010. It is now, almost ten years later, time for a full upgrade of the digital approach.

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