Panel – RTG PAT and Representation of the State of Hesse to the EU: Can AI help against AI threats?


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On Wednesday evening, March 6, 2024, RTG Privacy and Trust and the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union organized a panel discussion with distinguished guests: Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor, Alexandra Geese, Member of the European Parliament, Digital expert and Vice-President of the Greens/EFA Group, Jeremy Rollison, Microsoft, Senior Director European Government Affairs and Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser, Technical University Darmstadt. This event that took place at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union in Brussels as part of the RTG Privacy and Trust Closing Conference, was hosted by Johannes Bade, Head of Unit Science and Research, Arts and Culture, Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union and moderated by Silke Wettach.

Users are creating more and more data traces and are therefore intentionally or unintentionally feeding their data into what are now highly developed AI systems. This has made it possible to develop very useful applications, but it has also increased the potential for profiling and surveilling citizens. In the recent past, there have been worrying developments whereby users are no longer just data donors for AI, but now also consumers of AI-generated content. A thin line between AI and human-generated content is opening up new dimensions of manipulation and misinformation of citizens. AI closes a dangerous cycle from screening to influencing people and back.

The EU is making enormous efforts to mitigate these threats. Technological solutions complement the Union’s legal efforts. Nevertheless, we are increasingly observing signs that manipulative AI is jeopardizing digital sovereignty of citizens and states. Against this backdrop, the panelists were invited to discuss with us the following questions:

(1) What efforts are needed to safeguard the sovereignty of EU citizens and the free democratic world?

(2) Will there be an AI arms race because only AI itself enables effective defense against spying and manipulative AI? Does AI-based defense stand a chance?

After a discussion that lasted for just over an hour, there was an interesting Q and A session from the audience that comprised more than 200 people followed by a reception.