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Resources for CSOs

Interesting readings on the topic:

  • Remote Biometric Identification and its impact on freedom of assembly (led by EDRi and Access Now), analysis here
  • Rights and redress mechanisms for people affected by AI (ECNL and EDRi lead), analysis here
  • Standards and standardisation processes, and the inclusion of civil society in this, analysis here  
  • Governance and civil society inclusion – nobody is really leading on this, it’s an area that would need more work. I don’t really have reading to suggest besides some Euractive articles mentioning this (here, here2, whatever leading MEP Tudorache says is about this)
  • Privacy Camp 25th January: it is an annual conference organised by EDRi, which brings together digital rights advocates, activists as well as academics and policy-makers from all around Europe and beyond to discuss the most pressing issues facing human rights online. This year’s topic is Critical.Digital.Crisis. I think it will be a good opportunity for your colleague to start getting acquainted with the topics and get to know some of the civil society working on the topic. Registration here by 18th January.  – PASSED
  • RightsCon, 5-8 June. Organised by Access Now, RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. It will take place in Costa Rica but some events will take place remotely. 


In April 2021, the Commission presented its AI package, including its proposal for a regulation laying down harmonised rules on AI (AI Act) and relevant Impact assessment.


The French Presidency of the Council of EU presented a compromise document on the AI Act.



The ENVI Committee presented its opinion report in April 2022, followed in July 2022 by the ITRE and TRAN committees.

A news article by the EU Parliament explaining the AI Act.

Latest news on AI & Digitalisation

JOINT STATEMENT – EU Trilogues: The AI Act must protect people’s rights

by Benjamin Goodwin | Jul 12, 2023 | Artificial Intelligence | 0 Comments

This statement was originally published by EDRi on 12/07/2023 A civil society statement on fundamental rights in the EU Artificial Intelligence Act As European Union...

A missed opportunity: European Parliament upholds facial recognition ban, but fails to properly protect people’s rights in AI Act vote.

by European Civic Forum | Jun 14, 2023 | Artificial Intelligence,Statement | 0 Comments

In today’s AI Act vote, MEPs failed to protect society at large, not to mention vulnerable groups like migrants and refugees, and voted against measures to introduce proper complaints and representation systems for human rights violations.

AI Act: Five steps to a truly rights-based law.

by Kerttu Willamo | Jun 13, 2023 | Artificial Intelligence | 0 Comments

Ahead of the Artificial Intelligence Act in the European Parliament on 14 June, we're calling on MEPs to protect fundamental rights. Here's how to do so.   MEPs...

People should have proper control on how AI shapes their lives.

by European Civic Forum | Jun 2, 2023 | Artificial Intelligence,Op-Ed | 0 Comments

The AI Act is intended to be a major legal framework to introduce protections for fundamental rights in a fast developing technology that is already shaping society in...

MEPs vote to ensure AI Act better protects fundamental rights and civic space

by European Civic Forum | May 11, 2023 | Artificial Intelligence,Statement | 0 Comments

Today, the LIBE and IMCO Committees of the European Parliament voted on the EU Artificial Intelligence Act, making several amendments to ensure fundamental rights, the rule of law and civic space are better protected.

ECF Statement on the EU Artificial Intelligence Act

by Vladimir SESTOVIC | Apr 18, 2023 | Advocacy,Artificial Intelligence | 0 Comments

The EU Artificial Intelligence Act must safeguard Civic Space, Fundamental Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Artificial intelligence and the EU AI legislation will...