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Position, 12 July 2023

Final EU negotiations: we need an AI Act that puts people first

As the final stage of negotiations on the Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) enters AlgorithmWatch together with 149 civil society organisations call on EU institutions to improve the regulation. In our civil society statement we spell out clear suggestions how the regulation should be changed in order to protect people and our human rights effectively.

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Story, 21 June 2023

The Automated Hunt for Cybergroomers

Algorithms have been developed to help track down cybergroomers, who stalk minors online. But the reliability of automated systems is controversial – and they can even criminalize children and teens.

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Story, 28 March 2023

In Germany, a daycare allocation algorithm is separating siblings

To allocate this year's limited number of daycare slots, the city of Münster used an algorithm with a known limitation: it did not direct siblings to the same school. Parents were not pleased.

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Position, 6 December 2022

How the German government decided not to protect people against the risks of AI

Today, EU member states’ ministers are meeting in Brussels to formally adopt the version of the AI Act that their governments agreed to. As it stands, it will not be in line with the German government’s vows to protect fundamental rights. Instead, it will propose lavish exemptions for security agencies to the detriment of people’s rights.

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Position, 29 November 2022

Open Letter: EU must protect fundamental freedoms for online political speech

As EU lawmakers negotiate important new transparency rules for online political ads, AlgorithmWatch and 8 other civil society organizations are calling on the German government to address serious risks to democratic pluralism and freedom of expression contained in the Council’s most recent proposal.

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Position, 8 November 2022

Open letter: the German government should stand up for a strong ban on biometric surveillance in the Council of EU negotiations regarding the AI Act  

AlgorithmWatch and 26 other civil society organizations are calling on the German government to stand up in the negotiations on the AI Act and advocate for a strong ban on biometric surveillance as mirrored in its coalition treaty.

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Blog, 26 August 2022 (update: 20 December 2023)

A guide to the AI Act, the EU’s upcoming AI rulebook you should watch out for

The EU will regulate Artificial Intelligence across all sectors. A process highly fought over by the interests of Big Tech and those seeking to guard fundamental rights and people’s interest. This guide will help you understand the new law, which systems could be banned, and how you might be affected by the new regulation.

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Position, 1 December 2021

A paradigm shift in German digital policies? – The newly presented German coalition agreement shows good approaches, but there is need for clarification

The coalition agreement between SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and FDP is out. It contains many good ideas. A strengthening of civil society actors working on digitization issues, digital transformation with a focus on people's interests and the protection of fundamental digital rights are covered in the text. The outlooks are encouraging. But when looking more closely, there is room for improvement - especially with regard to automated decision-making systems (ADM systems).

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Blog, 25 January 2021

Now available: The German edition of the Automating Society Report 2020

Read the German country edition of the Automating Society Report 2020

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Story, 14 December 2020

Despite transparency, the Nutri-Score algorithm faces strong resistance

The Nutri-Score summarizes basic nutritional information on a 5-letter scale. Despite its many qualities, it faces a strong backlash that could hold a lesson for operators of automated systems.

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