Introductory meeting of Slovenian GPAI experts
On Tuesday, 14 July 2020, Slovenian experts that are part of Global Partnership for Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) met for the first time at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The purpose of the introductory meeting was to improve the information flow between experts and state officials, to introduce areas where Slovenia is already active, and to form an informal network that would lay foundations for state-experts cooperation within GPAI and other international initiatives.
The GPAI was founded upon the initiative of Canada and France, with Slovenia being one of its founding members.
Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, who acts as a co-chair of the GPAI Data Governance Working Group, together with Jenni Tennison, Open Data Institute Vice President, took part in the introductory meeting as well. Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič explained at the meeting that there had already been several meetings with government representatives and the representatives of International Centre of Expertise in Montreal with the aim of commencing the working group’s activities. The first challenge of the working group’s co-chairs is to shape the working group mandate in a way so that data governance will be understood as data being collected, used, shared, archived and deleted in ways that are consistent with human rights, fundamental freedoms, shared democratic values, inclusion and fairness. Co-chairs were unanimous that the working group itself is in need of diversification and should include representatives of different groups from all over the world.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs specifically asked dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič about her views on governance of personal and non-personal data, to which co-chair replied that personal data protection should follow European values and European acquis, which bases legal grounds for personal data protection upon right to privacy, and added that any attempts to govern personal data with new proprietary rights are unacceptable. Additionally, she emphasised that in case of non-personal data, contents protected by copyright should be distinguished from others. She reminded that at the moment the implementation of the EU Directive 2019/790 on Copyright and Related Rights in Digital Single Market is underway, with the Directive finally introducing a Text and Data Mining (TDM) exception. She expressly pointed out that it is crucial, especially if Slovenia intends to be at the forefront of machine learning and AI, to listen to researchers and others included in AI creating processes, who insist that broad and clear exceptions are necessary for enabling data analytics in a safe and burden-free manner, as well as data storage, especially for content available on the open web.
In any case, inclusion of experts in the GPAI’s working groups presents an opportunity for the participating states to keep their legal frameworks aligned with the technological development caused by AI.
On 23rd of November, 2021, the European Commission has published two reports in the field of copyright, as required by Directives 2014/26/EU (CRM Directive) and 2019/790 (DSM Directive). They are supported by two studies: Study on emerging issues on collective licensing management in the digital environment, and Study on selected issues relating to the application of the CRM Directive.
A new book “Law and Artificial Intelligence: Issues of Ethics, Human Rights and Social Harm” was published (Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of law in Ljubljana, 2021), the editors of which are prof. dr. Aleš Završnik and dr. Katja Simončič. The author of one of the articles is also dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M., who wrote an article on the topic of whether artificial intelligence can be an author of a copyright work.
Jožef Štefan Institute is organising GO-DIP workshop series, first of them coming on November 19th, 2021 is revolving around software IP and data agreements. The GO-DIP project aims to increase the competencies of knowledge generators and intermediaries. At 15.10 dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M. will be lecturing in the Workshop: Development of a checklist for model digital IP agreements. Welcome!
2nd GPAI Summit will occur from 11-12 November, 2021 in Paris, France. Leading international AI experts from civil society, academia, industry and governments, including ministerial-level delegates from GPAI’s Membership, will come together for GPAI’s annual event. This public-facing event will include reporting on the ten Working Groups’ study topics, including the reporting of Data Governance Working Group (DG WG). Public conferences will be broadcasted live on GPAI’s Youtube channel. Welcome!