Artificial Intelligence & Governance –
Part I: How Artificial Intelligence
Can Become a Competitive Edge for SMEs

A new chapter in the debate on AI development has started in light of the discussions on the Data Strategy, the new model for the Digital Single Market, the need for an industrial policy 4.0 and the passing of the Digital Services Act.

The economic dimension and aspirations of the European digital advantage are very much linked with societal, cultural and political views of the future. We see our part in the debate by putting a spotlight on SMEs. What is the potential impact of AI on business practices across various industries and along SMEs’ internal value chain? What are the barriers for adoption? What could be the best regulatory framework, the management patterns and oversight of the AI systems development?

Artificial Intelligence is changing our world. We cannot afford not to utilize, nor do we have time to lose with regard to its development.

The Digital Markets Act:
What is the Right Way to Regulate the Tech Industry to Empower SMEs?

We must not miss a historic opportunity to devise what everyone agreed is needed: an informed regulation by policy-makers and new business models for big tech industries.

During normal business times, digital platforms and their services act as a bridge to fill the gaps that SMEs may have. In competitive situations, smarter deployment of digital services can multiply efforts and make SMEs more agile, more efficient, more able to compete for talent, customers and sales. At the same time, the pandemic forced SMEs to change their businesses: overall, 80% of SMEs increased use of digital services, demonstrating their broad application and value.

In this hasty transition, decision-makers should cultivate a regulatory environment that nurtures SME access to world-class digital services and a global customer base and abstain from policies that indirectly increase the cost of digital services for price-sensitive SME leaders. To prevent such barriers and blockers to materialise for European SMEs, we strongly advocate for regulators and the tech industry to form structured partnerships and joint taskforces, which already exist in other industries. Such practical action could make a real difference to millions of consumers and business users of platforms, maximising the total impact on the EU economy.

Artificial Intelligence & Governance –
Part II The Future of AI Regulation:
Global Competition, Economy, Society & Ethics

A new chapter in the debate on AI development has started in light of the discussions on the Data Strategy, the new model for the Digital Single Market, the need for an industrial policy 4.0 and the passing of the Digital Services Act.

The economic dimension and aspirations of the European digital advantage must be linked with societal, cultural, political and even psychological views of the future. All of the above mentioned are necessary and key to the future of European competitive advantage.

At this stage of the debate on the future of AI and digital issues in the EU, we need to take a holistic view and develop a broad understanding of many aspects of digital development. During out discussion we will look at the best future regulatory framework, the management patterns and oversight of the AI systems development.

Artificial Intelligence is changing our world. We cannot afford not to utilize, nor do we have time to lose with regard to its development.

Fair and Good Communication

In a post-pandemic and digital age, Communication must necessarily have social purposes and it must certainly be “true”. True Communication is the one that, first of all, verifies the truthfulness of the news and spreads it clearly and reaches the latest (even in person) and those who do not have easy access or possibility.

Pope Francis “goes to the heart of communication, to the essence of what it means to communicate” and says: “Internet, if lived as a network of people and not just as a network of wires,” is a “gift from God”. The Pope does not fail to underline the pitfalls of the web, reiterating that “no matter how important technologies are, they can never replace humans. It is the journalists who have to go out on the streets, meet people, look for stories. This is up to the people, technologies can’t do it”.

Communicating Hope

After the global crisis we need to rethink about a human coexistence, in order to build a better future, and Communication plays a fundamental role. This Communication must be certified, must be secure information, aware about the risks of infodemics such as the excess of information that circulates, to insinuate doubts, which threaten rather than reconstruct the truth.

Communication in the digital age, therefore, is an interaction between man and technology where humanity is expressed in output and news and where the Education of Digitalization becomes necessary for the coexistence of both.

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