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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION OUTLINES A EUROPEAN APPROACH TO BOOST INVESTMENT AND SET ETHICAL GUIDELINES
 
Europe has world-class researchers, laboratories and start-ups in the field of AI. The EU is also strong in robotics. However, fierce international competition requires coordinated action for the EU to be at the forefront of AI development.
 
At the end of March, the EBU met with the European Commission to present public service media's activities and interest in the field of AI. The BDI was presented on that occasion, ahead of the publication by the European Commission of a series of measures to boost Europe's competitiveness in the field of AI on 25 April.
 
The Commission's approach is three-fold: it aims to increase public and private investment in AI, prepare for socio-economic changes, and ensure an appropriate ethical and legal framework.
 
On the financial support front, the Commission is increasing its investment to €1.5 billion for the period 2018-2020 under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
 
As regards socio-economic challenges and changes to the job market, the Commission is encouraging Member States to modernise their education and training systems and support labour market transitions. The Commission will also directly support business-education partnerships to attract and keep more AI talent in Europe and set up dedicated training schemes with financial support from the European Social Fund. Proposals under the EU's next multiannual financial framework (2021-2027) will also include strengthened support for training in advanced digital skills, including AI-specific expertise.
 
As regards ethical and legal frameworks, the Commission would like to set standards for market players in the EU and position the EU industry on the global scene
 
It is soon to appoint a High Level Expert Group (HLEG) that will steer the work and contribute towards drafting ethical guidelines on AI developments by the end of 2018. Those guidelines should be based on the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, taking into account principles such as data protection and transparency, and building on the work of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies. To help develop these guidelines, the Commission will bring together all relevant stakeholders in a European AI Alliance. Parallel discussions on ethical guidelines are ongoing at G7 level.
 
Moreover, in order to further create an environment that stimulates investment, the Commission is proposing legislation to open up more data for re-use and measures to make data sharing easier. This covers data from public utilities and the environment as well as research and health data.
 
On 10 April, 25 Member States expressed their support for such EU positioning by signing a Declaration of cooperation on AI. The composition of the HLEG is expected to be announced by the end of May.

BDI PRESENTED AT RAI-ASIA PACIFIC BROADCASTING UNION (ABU) JOINT EVENT

On 20-21 March, Rai, the Italian Public Service Broadcaster, and the ABU-Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, held a forum on Innovation Meets Culture - Digital Media and Cultural Heritage in Rome . The event gathered public service media experts, European and Italian policy makers as well as stakeholders from the media and cultural sectors at large.  
As well as being a chance to discuss the latest global developments in digitisation and market convergence, the event also showcased best practices and digital technologies developed by broadcasters in Europe and Asia to revitalise their cultural identities and heritage and enhance their audience engagement.
 
Topics addressed included the processes of digitization of public service media; knowledge exchange on content innovation through new media and multi-platform technologies; big data strategies and best practice examples on the creation of immersive users' experiences.
 
The EBU Big Data Initiative was presented during a dedicated panel on "Turning Big Data into Big Value for Culture" alongside other presentations of national projects demonstrating how PSM are tackling the multi-facets of big data and developing data strategies that are transforming their businesses.
 
The second day was dedicated to Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age and it showcased how broadcasters are experimenting with digital technologies to promote cultural heritage, using memory, storytelling and digital archives to create a platform for cultural expression. The event was organized on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Accountability in the Algorithmic Economy - Washington, 22 May – or follow via live streaming
The Center for Data Innovation will present its new report and a panel will discuss how policymakers can hold algorithms accountable while accelerating the adoption of AI

MediaRoad Robot Journalism Event - Lisbon, 5 June 2018
This workshop organized by the European Federation of Journalists will explore the pros and cons of robot journalism, the existing practices and the impact on journalists, especially on working conditions, ethics and quality

OpenExpo Europe - Madrid, 6-7 June
Where technology and business leaders looking to develop, invest and implement Open Source technologies. Meet and exchange best practices

EBU Medadata Developer Network Workshop - Geneva, 5-7 June 2018
This annual meeting point for developers working on Metadata and Artificial Intelligence in broadcasting is open to the public. The event is organized by the EBU Strategic Programme on Media Information Management and AI (MIM-AI) and the Metadata Developer Network (MDN), an active community for developers to share knowledge, learn from their peers, get feedback and collaborate on metadata-related projects

emma's annual conference, Media Management in the Age of Big Data and High-tech - Warsaw, 14-15 June 2018
The European Media Management Association (emma) is an international not-for-profit academic organization that was founded in 2003 to support growth in media management research, scholarship and practice throughout Europe and around the world. Presentations and discussions will this year revolve around rationalising audiences and reconsidering media management, roadmaps for organizational culture change, and media and democracy

5th International Conference on Data Analysis and Data Mining - Rome, 20-21 June 2018
Conference Series LLC Ltd is an amalgamation of Open Access Publications and worldwide international science conferences and events. The main theme of this year's conference is “Future Technologies for Knowledge Discoveries in Data"

Media in Transition @UU - Utrecht, 25-26 June 2018
International scholars will address topics such as datafication, changing media infrastructures, public values, participatory empowerment, and niche strategies in conversation with discussants.
SUGGESTED READING
 
An Impending Crisis of Imagination. Data-Driven Personalization in Public Service Broadcasters, Media@LSE Working Paper Series Editors, by Karin van Es
 
Big Data Maturity: You're Not As Mature As You Think, Information Week, Jessica Davis
 
Blockchain @ Media. A new Game Changer for the Media Industry?, Monitor Deloitte
NB: this one had not been circulated in previous editions of our newsletter. Although it dates back from 2017, it remains insightful.
 
Creating data visualizations without knowing how to code, tutorial by Vizualism
 
Notes from the AI frontier. Applications and value of deep learning, McKinsey Global Institute

For a Meaningful Artificial Intelligence. Towards a French and European Strategy, Cédric Villany

Craft an Artificial Intelligence Strategy: A Gartner Trend Insight Report, by Whit Andrews


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