High-level Conference «Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism»
On 11 and 12 May 2021 the Chair of the National Council Mrs Olha Herasymiuk participated in the High-level Conference «Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism». The online Conference was organized by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which runs from 1 January to 30 June 2021.
The existence of a free press/news media, independent from the various powers, namely political and economic, as well as being plural, comically sustainable, guided by criteria of ethics, accuracy, impartiality and truth is a sine qua non condition to democracy, respect for human rights, good governance and open societies.
In a historical context in which disinformation has become prominent, the importance of the role of the press/news media is increasingly evident. However, market and technological developments in recent decades and the COVID-19 pandemic have placed it at risk of survival. The fast-paced development of so-called Artificial Intelligence (AI), which already allows the automated production of certain information pieces, significantly exacerbates these circumstances. At the same time, the increased speed and connectivity capacity, with the expected 5G, and the multiplication of platforms are contributing to the transformation of the news media sector.
The purpose of this High-Level Conference was to raise awareness of the adoption and impact of AI-based technologies on news production, distribution and consumption, and to promote reflection on the journalism of the future in the digital age. The key purpose of the discussions, moderated by the most famous journalists in Europe, is reflected in the English title of the event: «Will artificial intelligence overcome the fourth power?».
The Presidency High Level Conference will namely seek to get a better understanding of:
- The current adoption and use of AI-based technologies in the media ecosystem and innovation in newsrooms, and what to expect in the medium and long term.
- The impact of the adoption of AI-based technologies in journalism, at structural level, including the ethics and deontology of journalism, journalists’ relationships with users/citizens, their competences and business models, as well as in fundamental rights and democracy.
- The opportunities and risks in the use of AI-based technologies.
- Standards and norms to safeguard fundamental rights, freedom of expression and media pluralism.
- Public policy challenges for the future of journalism/journalism of the future.
- Areas that require in-depth investigation.