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26 August 2022 (update: 4 July 2024)

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A guide to the AI Act, the EU’s new AI rulebook

In 2024, the EU adopted a law to regulate Artificial Intelligence across all sectors. The regulation is a humble step forward towards protecting people’s fundamental rights from risks stemming from AI. In this guide we will unwrap what the new rules entail and what it will – and won’t – change.

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Sustainable AI: a contradiction in terms?

Does Artificial Intelligence (AI) help tackle the climate crisis or is it an environmental sin worse than flying? We explain how much energy AI systems really consume, why we need better measurements, how AI can become more sustainable, and what all this has to do with the EU's AI Act.


26 June 2024


How and why algorithms discriminate

Automated decision-making systems contain hidden discriminatory prejudices. We’ll explain the causes, possible consequences, and the reasons why existing laws do not provide sufficient protection against algorithmic discrimination.

26 June 2024


What is algorithmic discrimination?

Discrimination by algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (AI): we give an overview of the topic.

Meta’s elections dashboard: A very disappointing sign

On 3 June, Meta released an EU election monitoring dashboard, responding to investigations by the EU Commission under the Digital Services Act. It is riddled with basic errors, raising severe concerns about Meta’s engagement with risks of electoral interference.

10 Questions about AI and elections

2024 is an important election year. While citizens all over the world get ready to cast their ballot, many people worry about AI: Are chatbots and fake images a threat to democracy? Can we still trust what we see online? We explain why the hype around AI and elections is somewhat overblown and which real risks we need to watch out for instead.

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February 14, 2024

Ensuring Legitimacy in Stakeholder Engagement: The ‘5 Es’ Framework

December 15, 2023

AI Chatbot produces misinformation about elections

November 21, 2023

SustAIn Magazine #3 – A Different Take on AI: We Decide What AI Has To Do for Us

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How does automated decision-making effect our daily lives? Where are the systems applied and what happens when something goes wrong? Read our journalistic investigations on the current use of ADM systems and their consequences. Read our stories

May 29, 2024

Image generators are trying to hide their biases – and they make them worse

May 27, 2024

“All rise for the honorable AI”: algorithmic management in Polish electronic courts

May 24, 2024

The automated Fortress Europe: No place for human rights


Read our responses and expert analyses on current political and regulatory developments concerning automated decision-making. Read our positions

May 29, 2024

Recommendations for the EU Elections 2024

April 11, 2024

If the UN wants to help humanity, it should not fall for AI hype

April 3, 2024

EU’s AI Act fails to set gold standard for human rights


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July 9, 2024

What works and what doesn’t: AI systems and labor law

May 24, 2024

Borders without AI

May 13, 2024

The algorithmic administration: automated decision-making in the public sector


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October 5, 2023

ChatGPT and Co: Are AI-driven search engines a threat to democratic elections?

April 20, 2023

Automation on the Move

January 19, 2023

New project: Auditing Algorithms for Systemic Risks