European AI Fund: Mozilla is looking for AI experts and civil rights activists

“Right now the next phase of computing begins” – Mozilla means Artificial Intelligence (AI) and has started a project that is supposed to deal with the development. The European AI Fund, also known as the “European AI Fund”, has been set up. The fund had been planned out of the company’s Berlin office for a year.

The project is supported by several foundations. Experts should come together there to help shape the future. “We want to create a pool of experts from across Europe who have the tools, capacities and knowledge to collect and monitor the social and political effects of AI and data-driven interventions,” writes Mozilla in a blog post. In the next five years, the European Commission and governments in Europe would have to develop plans for digital transformation, including AI. Without the participation of a strong civil rights movement, Europe could miss opportunities or even cause damage.

In a first step there will be an invitation to tender for a fund worth one million euros. It runs until November 1st and is aimed at people who already work in the field of AI and automated decision-making. In the future, civil rights activists should also be included in the debate who have not yet dealt with AI, but whose work will be affected by it. All further information about the call is available on the website of the European AI Fund.

To date, supporters include the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, King Baudouin Foundation, Luminate, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundation and Stiftung Mercer. Mozilla itself currently has to deal with an economically rather difficult situation and is therefore cutting jobs and projects, most recently WebThings.

A special committee has also just been founded in the EU Parliament to deal with the effects of artificial intelligence. AIDA (Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age) has 33 full members who are primarily supposed to focus on the areas of skills, employment, financial technology, education, health, transport, tourism, agriculture, the environment, defense, industry, energy and e-government . They are also responsible for assessing the regulatory approaches of third countries to date.


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