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.
The 4th Open Knowledge Day took place on Tuesday 17 October 2023, with an accompanying workshop on 18 October 2023. This year it was organised by the Open Data and Intellectual Property Institute (ODIPI) and supported by Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21).
We invite you to the fourth Open Knowledge Day and the workshop, which will take place this year within the framework of the programme and with the support of Knowledge Rights 21. The event will bring together experts from different European countries to discuss two topics: the first part will deal with the legal basis for data analytics, which is a key part of machine learning and related artificial intelligence, and the general exception for research. In the second part, open science in theory and practice will be presented both in Slovenia and in some Western Balkan countries. Representatives of research and educational institutions from Slovenia and the Western Balkan countries, as well as interested members of the public, are invited to attend.
Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, a renowned expert in copyright law, has joined the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she will serve as an affiliate researcher for the next two years.
On Friday, October 6, 2023, the online seminar “Practical Experiences in Resolving Copyrights of Modern Book Works” took place. The seminar addressed relevant questions concerning user access to literary works in digital form.