Bois-Colombes 2021

Digital Regional Session of Bois-Colombes 2021

Mon, 25 Jan. 2021 – Tue, 26 Jan. 2021



The coming era of Artificial Intelligence. While Artificial Intelligence has the potential to transform and improve our lives and workplaces, a 2020 report from the European Parliamentary Research Service shows that it is also raising concerns regarding ethics and fundamental human rights. Considering those threats and opportunities, how should the EU shape a policy supervising the developments in AI ?


Robots Running Rogue. With Artificial Intelligence (AI) detection systems now being used to regulate online forums, the question of appropriate moderation of harmful content whilst preserving free speech has emerged. With this in mind, what measures should the EU take to protect the citizens’ safety and freedom of expression when using AI to manage online content?


Spam and Trash. According to the UN Environment Programme, the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector increased its share of Greenhouse Gas emissions to over 5% in 2020. Considering that this industry remains crucial to reach the European target of carbon neutrality by 2050, how can the EU reduce the environmental impact of the ICT sector while supporting its positive aspects?


Digital revolution for women. According to a 2018 study for the European Commission, most students graduating within the European Union are women but only 25% of them studied in digital fields and only 13% now work in the digital sector. While this area is growing rapidly, how can the EU promote gender equality in the new technologies sector?


A Post-Truth World. As the European Union battles to maintain democracy in Member States and set a global example, its institutions and national governments are often threatened by intentional disinformation. Bearing in mind that new technologies such as AI are making fake news more difficult to detect, what actions should the EU take to confront these issues and safeguard its citizens’ right to information?


The hackers pandemic. According to Interpol’s 2020 ETL report, increased online exposure of individuals and professionals during the COVID-19 lockdowns has exacerbated cases of phishing, data harvesting and other web and email attacks. How can the EU fight these cyberthreats to ensure the online safety of its citizens and compagnies ?

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