ETUCE responds to European Commission’s White Paper on Artificial Intelligence


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The EU’s Digital Strategy is an attempt to shape a European approach to the digitalisation of societies and economies. On 19 February 2020, the European Commission published its White Paper Artificial Intelligence: a European approach to excellence and trust alongside three other policy documents:

In parallel, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI), inviting stakeholders to provide their views. The education sector and its personnel have an important perspective on AI, particularly at a time when decision makers increasingly plan to include AI-powered tools into education systems. Their voices must be heard by those drafting any EU policy on AI.

The ETUCE Bureau has adopted a Statement on the Commission’s White Paper, insisting that decision makers at all levels must work closely with education professionals and their trade unions before introducing any AI technology into the education sector. This is vital to ensure that policies on AI in education will deliver quality education for all while covering issues like data protection for staff and students, respect for the central role and autonomy of education personnel, risks to social equality and the potential negative impacts on staff’s working conditions and rights.

ETUCE Statement on the European Commission White Paper on Artificial Intelligence