As new technologies including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and facial recognition flourish in the digital marketplace, policymakers are increasingly interested in regulating these new products and services. However, these technologies are already bringing value into consumers’ lives, and American companies must continue to have the flexibility to innovate if the United States is going to continue to lead the world in technology.

CCIA’s View:

The United States must continue to allow companies the flexibility to innovate new technologies for the benefit of consumers. Any new regulations should be risk-based, flexible, and technology-neutral. By definition, emerging technologies are still in the early stages of revealing their potential for improving the lives of consumers. Policymakers and regulators must be careful to avoid stifling innovation with regulations that would hamper the benefits that consumers are already receiving with these emerging technologies, as well as the yet unrealized future benefits.

Artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies are already a part of consumers’ daily lives. For example, machine learning is incorporated in many supply chains, making manufacturing and distributions networks more efficient, which results in lower costs and faster deliveries for consumers. Artificial intelligence and machine learning hold great potential for advancements in areas like healthcare, cybersecurity, and personalized learning. Any regulatory proposals must be careful not to preclude these exciting benefits.

As with any new technologies, emerging technologies must be developed and deployed in a responsible, ethical manner. Industry, government, and consumer advocates should work together to make sure that the next generation of emerging technologies are developed responsibly. Many companies are doing important work to make sure that their algorithms and services are free of bias and discrimination. Better data leads to more accurate outcomes, and policymakers should work to ensure that high-quality datasets are available to minimize any potential bias in emerging technologies.

Most Recent Statements & Filings:

CCIA shares Artificial Intelligence recommendations with European Commission leaders

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has sent a letter to the European Commission with its recommendations for the EU’s forthcoming AI framework. CCIA urged that the EU framework ensures that AI will be truly beneficial to European consumers, businesses, researchers and governments. CCIA Vice President Christian Borggreen recommended targeted regulatory intervention…

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Victoria de Posson joins CCIA In Brussels

Brussels, BELGIUM — Victoria de Posson has joined the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Brussels team and will advocate on tech policy issues including Artificial Intelligence, copyright, and digital services. Victoria comes to CCIA from FTI Consulting, where she has advised Fortune 500 companies on public policy strategy. Previously she worked for Samsung Electronics, Burson…

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EU Expert Group Publishes Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

The High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (HLEG) today published its “Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI”. The expert group is comprised of 52 experts from academia, civil society and industry and was launched by the European Commission in June 2018 to support the implementation of the European strategy on Artificial Intelligence. The guidelines are split…

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