Ana Luísa Correia
AEQUITAS was present at the 4th AI Alliance Assembly: Leading Trustworthy AI Globally in Madrid, Spain. Through one of our partner associations, Period Think Tank, we contributed to the panel Trustworthy AI for All: Ensuring Inclusiveness and Fairness.
The session aimed to shed light on the technical, social, and legal dimensions of the issues raised by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI decision support systems and what the prerequisites are for the creation and deployment of trustworthy AI systems in Europe.
Giulia Sudano, president of Period Think Tank, recounted the goals and activities of AEQUITAS to detect biases in existing AI systems, provide practical methods for repairing and mitigating biases, and to design new AI systems by applying practices and methodologies that anticipate fairness from the design stage. Additionally, she emphasised the role of AEQUITAS in raising awareness about social biases and intersectionality in the development, implementation and use of AI systems.
“We emphasised why it is crucial to have a feminist approach to the data that form the basis for training AI systems and the whole process of building AI in order to prevent it from exponentially fuelling gender and other discrimination outside the digital world”, Sudano said about her contribution to the panel. “A great collective effort is needed to really make sure that AI systems are reliable and fair, we cannot leave this process only in the hands of companies and institutions”, she added.
Besides Sudano’s presence as Period Think Tank president and AEQUITAS partner, Joanna Goodey, from the Fundamental Rights Agency, Françoise Fogelman, co-Founder and Scientific Adviser of Hub France IA, Carlos Castillo, Research Professor at the Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) and Fredrik Heintz, Professor Linköping University, also took part in the enriching panel at the AI Assembly. Emanuela Girardi, president of the AI Data and Robotics Association, was the moderator of the session.
Ana Luísa Correia