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In response to a rise in incidents, the European Commission has proposed the establishment of a Joint Cyber Unit which would bring together resources across EU member states. Moreover, it is envisioned to act as a joint platform to “ensure an EU coordinated response to large-scale cyber incidents and crises, as well as to offer assistance in recovering from these attacks.”

European AI Forum Conference is happening today. Multiple representatives of AI associations across the EU and some high-level decision makers will discuss various topics and concerns associated with “AI made in Europe”. CLAIRE co-founder Philipp Slusallek spoke on a podcast about AI development in the EU as compared to the US or China. The OECD is conducting a public consultation on its framework for classifying AI systems here.

It feels like a lifetime ago when I (Charlotte) compiled and
published the very first report on AI strategies across the EU on behalf of the European Commission back in 2017. Back then member states had just started to get interested in the topic and the findings I collected from the various workshops stand in stark contrast to the flourishing and dense ecosystem we have now, according to a new report from the European Commission's AI Watch on National strategies on Artificial Intelligence: A European perspective, 2021.

Doug Umbers, Interim Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) published an open letter, calling on people to work with the government to find solutions to challenges we face beyond COVID-19 and highlights ‘artificial intelligence, cyber, space, autonomy and robotics’ as areas they will be investing in.

Policy, Strategy and Regulation

Europe's ADRA gets ready to work

The European Partnership on AI, Data and Robotics (ADRA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Commission last week. Therein, the parties agree that ADRA will leverage EUR 1.3 bn of public investment through the Horizon Europe programme and match this with EUR 1.3bn of private investment until 2030. ADRA is made up of 5 European associations alongside the European Commission: the Big Data Value Association (BDVA); the Confederation of Laboratories of Artificial Intelligence in Europe (CLAIRE); the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS); the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) and the European Robotics Association (euRobotics). The overarching goal is to enable the EU to become a leader in the development and deployment of trustworthy, safe and robust AI, data and robotics.


The EU's role on the international stage

The European Parliament’s AIDA Committee (Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age)  published a new study on ‘Artificial Intelligence governance as a new  European Union external policy tool’. The report examines how the EU is approaching the governance of AI and how the decisions made by the EU impact international power balances and existing geopolitical dynamics. In doing so,  the report dedicates a significant amount of attention to existing geopolitical tensions and considers the dynamic between the US and China, the rise of AI Nationalism, AI’s impact on democracy and authoritarianism and delves deep into concerns surrounding AI in Security and Defence and touches briefly on General AI. It concludes with several suggestions involving the EU in light of the topics explored previously such as empowering private forms and ‘not walking into the trap of AI nationalism’. 

Notes in the Margin: A short read to start thinking about a number of geopolitical impacts resulting from the EU and its policy decisions such as developing regulation or aiming for digital sovereignty can be found in this Op-Ed (and in this high-level article on EU US cooperation).

New cloud Codes of Conduct 

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has adopted draft decisions on two Codes of Conduct to aid compliance of cloud computing solutions with the general data protection regulation (GDPR). Of the two Codes of Conduct, the ‘EU Cloud Code of Conduct’ is designed around GDPR Article 28.5 which refers to data processors adhering to an approved code of conduct or certification mechanism that demonstrates adherence to paragraphs 1-4 of Art.28 (various requirements for data processors). The second approved code comes from the ‘Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe’ (CISPE) and is aimed at customers of cloud infrastructure, to help them identify which services meet their specific needs. This code also relates to GDPR, specifically referencing Article 40 on ‘Codes of conduct’.

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

UKRI and IBM fund new research centre to the tune of EUR 244m

The UK government and IBM are investing GBP 210m (EUR 244m) to create a new centre looking at the future of quantum computing and AI. The centre, named the Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI), will create 60 new science-based jobs, with the intention of making technologies like quantum computing and AI more accessible to the private sector and businesses. The GBP 210m investment will be spread over a 5 year period, with the UK government funding GBP 172m through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the remaining GBP 38m provided by IBM.

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