Is Artificial Intelligence Governing Communication Online?

In our days we are witnessing a wide argumentation for and against several technological advancements and how they are deployed in societal domains and contexts. In the spotlight of debate we often find Artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications in the context of media and communication.

Bots, voice assistants, automated (fake) news generation, content moderation and filtering are only a few examples of how AI and machine learning affect digital communication. What is incontrovertible is that ΑΙ cause constant change and are reorganize the dynamics and order of people interaction online. Particularly with the rapidly growing political impact of misinformation and hate speech, there have been increasing calls for online platforms to prevent and remove problematic content

Thought provoking subjects such as artificial intelligence technologies, machine learning systems, the extent of their deployment, brought together international experts from academia, politics, civil society and business in Berlin, on 20 March 2018. The event was organised by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society together with the non-governmental organisation Access Now, who hosted the one-day expert workshop “The turn to AI in governing communication online”.

The report produced after the workshop summarises and documents the authors’ main takeaways from the discussions. The discussions, comments and questions raised and responses from experts are into the report. The report intends to contribute current perspectives to the discourse on AI and the governance of online communication.

Source: Europeana platform

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