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EU AI Fund News - Issue #5

EU AI Fund News
We hope you’re all well as we’re heading into the holiday season, and that you will enjoy some well deserved break soon 🎄
As always, this newsletter features new publications and campaigns by the organisations we support, as well as a thematic focus. This month, we’re looking at strategic litigation cases in Poland, the latest developments of the Digital Markets Act (DMA), and the Digital Services Act (DSA). We also have a couple of updates from the fund. Let’s dive in!

Focus: strategic litigation cases in Poland
Moje Państwo Foundation’s objective is to bring more transparency and accountability in Automated Decision Making (ADM) in the public sector in Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, and the EU. Moje Państwo conducts legal activities aimed at expanding citizens’ access to data from the public sector, including public sector use of AI systems and algorithms. With technological competences and experience in public advocacy, Moje Państwo identifies risks and proposes practical solutions in this area.
We have talked to Magdalena Siwanowicz-Suska, Moje Państwo ‘s Legal Director to find out more about their work and their strategic litigation cases.
Interview with Moje Państwo Foundation | European AI Fund
Update: Digital Markets Act (DMA)
The Plenary of the European Parliament adopted the full text of the Digital Markets Act on 15 December 2021. The approved text will then become Parliament’s mandate for negotiations with EU governments, planned to start under the French presidency of the Council in the first semester of 2022.
Here are some reactions from civil society organisations:
European Parliament vote on crucial Digital Markets Act strengthens consumers’ hands | www.beuc.eu
The Digital Markets Act must do more to protect end users’ rights - European Digital Rights (EDRi)
EU Digital Markets Act needs to be bolder to address data exploitation by digital gatekeepers | Privacy International
Update: Digital Services Act (DSA) 📲
During the extraordinary meeting of December 13, the vote on amendments and compromise amendments has been held in the European Parliament. On December 14, the IMCO commitee adopted its draft report with 36 votes in favour, 7 against and 2 abstentions. The Plenary will vote on the amended proposal during its January session.
Has the Parliament effectively wielded the Digital Services Act to challenge platform power? The verdict is, somewhat. - European Digital Rights (EDRi)
DSA milestone: EU lawmakers have responded to our calls for meaningful transparency for big tech - AlgorithmWatch
Digital Services Act: bad decisions can lead to global consequences - Access Now
New reports/publications
Tracing The Tracers 2021 report: Automating COVID responses - AlgorithmWatch
From ‘walled gardens’ to open meadows | Ada Lovelace Institute
Civil society calls on the EU to put fundamental rights first in the AI Act - European Digital Rights (EDRi)
Policy ​Recommendations On Tackling Disinformation Online
More (tech) policy news 💻
SUCCESS! New German government calls for European ban on biometric mass surveillance - Reclaim Your Face
EU Media Freedom Act: Pressganged | Balkan Insight
Fake AI, Frederike Kaltheuner, Meatspace Press (2021)
Public interest jobs on tech, tech policy / AI 👩🏾‍💻
Updates from the fund
We are pleased to have Peter Bihr on board as the new Interim Director for the the fund! Peter explores how emerging technologies can have a positive social impact. At the core of his work is the mission to align emerging technologies and citizen empowerment. To do this, he works as an independent advisor at the intersection of technology, governance, policy and social impact — primarily with foundations, non-profits and the public sector. Welcome to the team, Peter!
Parallel to welcoming Peter, it is unfortunately also the time for goodbye, as Frederike will be leaving the fund at the end of the year. I would like to seize this opportunity to thank her for all her inspiring work at the fund, and wish her all the best for her new adventure! (She won’t be going very far 😉)
You will be missed Frederike, thank you for everything!
We will be back in January with Newsletter #6, in the meantime, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season, and a good start into the New Year!
Alexandra
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