Council of Europe on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Democracy and the Rule of Law

The Council of Europe, the leading human rights organisation in Europe, is addressing the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Most of its committees, intergovernmental and expert bodies are exploring the implications of AI for their area of work. The Councils focus is on Privacy, data protection, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, the right to fair trial and the prevention of discrimination.

As it is mostly private sector actors that have in-depth knowledge and skills in the field of digital technologies, the Council of Europe is keen to cooperate and bring together expertise from different stakeholders. This includes planned conferences, studies, guides, action plans. Also Standard-setting instruments in various fields in which artificial intelligence poses challenges to human rights.

The complete statement from the Council of Europe can be found here:

https://rm.coe.int/leaflet-artificial-intelligence-en/168089e571

Unlike the EU, the Council of Europe cannot make binding laws. It does have the power to enforce select international agreements reached by European states on various topics. The best known body of the Council of Europe is the European Court of Human Rights.