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Programme

TUEsDAY 24 april 2018

Defining a Moving Target – Keeping Pace with the Ubiquity of AI

08.30    Registration 

09.00    Welcome
             Andrea Millwood Hargrave
             Director General, International Institute of Communications  
 
     Michel Van Bellinghen
     Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

9:15 kEYNOTE: THE FUTURE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - DEvELOPMENT, IMPACTS, ETHICS, AND REGULATIONS

Artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing at an exponential pace that runs the risk of leaving us all playing catch-up. Individuals, society, civil society groups, businesses, governments, and regulators are all trying to make sense of the technology, where it might, be heading and what it could all mean for the way we use it and regulate its applications across diverse domains. This talk is aimed at those trying to prepare for impact of AI from a societal, ethical, and regulatory perspective.
 
Rohit Talwar, CEO, Fast Futures

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09:45 session 1: Socio-economic impact of AI

  • What metrics to apply?
  • Who is in the driving seat - telecom and tech companies, financial institutions, automakers?
  • What is Europe doing to counter the progress in China and the US?
  • What are the key potential impacts, implications, risks, and concerns for individuals, society, business, and government?
 
Chair
Dr Jean Paul Simon, Director, JPS Public Policy Consulting
 
Panellists include
Dr Andreas Tegge, Head of Global Public Policy, SAP SE
Professor Antonio Nicita, Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), Italy
Lenard Koschwitz, Director for European Affairs, Allied for Startups
Juha Heikkilä, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, European Commission

 

11:15 Refreshments

 

11:30 SESSION 2: What are the adoption trends for AI and machine learning in the telecommunications and media sectors?

  • Focusing on day-to-day enrichment and encroachment, as well as medium to long-term forecasts
Chair
Marc Vancoppenolle, Global Head of Government Relations, Nokia

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Panellists include
Dr Ieva Martinkenaite, Vice President of Telenor Research, Head of Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab / Start IoT
Claudia Selli, European Government Affairs Director, International External Affairs, AT&T
George Wright, Head of Internet Research and Future Services, BBC Research and Development 
Cate Nymann, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Cisco Systems

 

13:00 Lunch

 

13:50 session 3: Privacy, data protection and cyber security in the era of AI

  • What are the potential policy / regulatory implications in the not so distant future?
  • How far do the ePrivacy directive and the GDPR go to alleviate them?
  • Is self-regulation sufficient?
  • AI and copyright reform
  • Cybersecurity in the age of AI and smart society
Chair
Sean Kennedy, Director, CEG-Europe; Treasurer, International Institute of Communications
 
Keynote
Christian D'Cuhna, Head of the Private Office of Giovanni Buttarelli, speaking on behalf of Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor
 
Panellists include
Rosa Barceló, Deputy Head of Unit, Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Cornelia Kutterer, Senior Director, EU Government Affairs, Privacy and Digital Policies, Microsoft
Fiona Taylor, Head of International Public Policy, Verizon
Nick Wallace, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation/ITIF  

 

15:30  Refreshments

 

16:00 SESSION 4: Safety and ethics

  • What efforts are being made to introduce codes of ethics and regulatory frameworks around AI and robotics?
  • Policy questions around trust, justice and equity – what constitutes best practice in eliminating bias?
  • How to build in ethical values - 'ethics by design'? Human-in-command approach?
  • How to ensure that the benefits of AI are distributed across society?

Chair
Professor Jim Dratwa, Head of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies Office, European Commission

Panellists include
Dr Krisztina Rozgonyi, Assistant Professor Media Governance and Media Industries Research Lab, Department of Communication, University of Vienna

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Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Regulatory Policy, CEPS
Shamus Rae, Partner and Head of Digital Disruption, KPMG
Ondrej Socuvka, Senior Policy Manager, Google EU
Estelle Massé, Senior Policy Analyst, Access Now

 

17:30 Closing of day one

 

 

WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2018

 

08.45    Registration

09.15    Welcome
             Andrea Millwood Hargrave
             Director General, International Institute of Communications 
 

09:30 session 5: Competition issues

  • Questions around pricing algorithms & tacit collusion, market dominance in data / big data
  • Recent examples of acquisitions and the implications for control over data
  • Should policymakers push to open up AI systems for greater scrutiny?

Chair
Peter Alexiadis, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Panellists include
Mette Alfter, Associate Director, Frontier Economics
Francesco Liberatore, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP; Chair, IIC Brussels Chapter

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Dr Geza Sapi, Economist, Chief Economist Team, DG Competition, European Commission
Ben Wreschner, Group Acting Regulatory and Policy Development Director, Vodafone Group
Emily O'Reilly, Deputy Director for Competition, Competition and State Aid Directorate, EFTA Surveillance Authority

 

11:00 Refreshments

 

11:15 SESSION 6: the communications regulator response

  • Approaches to building regulatory frameworks around AI and algorithms
  • To what extent are existing telecom and content frameworks appropriate / fit for purpose / future-proofed? What does algorithmic regulation require?  
  • How might AI be deployed in the regulatory context?
  • Collaboration and coordination within and beyond the DSM to avoid a piecemeal approach: is there a need for a coordinating body?
  • How best to introduce expertise into all branches and levels of government so they can make better decisions?
Chair
Dr Krisztina Rozgonyi, Assistant Professor Media Governance and Media Industries Research Lab, Department of Communication,University of Vienna
Panellists include
Sebastien Soriano, Chairman, Arcep (France)

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Dr Stephen Unger, Board Member and Group Director, Ofcom, UK
Jean-Jacques Sahel, Managing Director, Europe, ICANN; Chairman, UK Chapter, International Institute of Communications

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Monica Ariño, Director Regulatory Affairs, BT Group, Wholesale & Ventures
Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch

 

12:45 Closing remarks

13:00 Close of Forum

 

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