Is Artificial Intelligence a threat or an opportunity? How EU should approach it and regulate it?
See you in Thessaloniki to debate about it with other young people. Your opinions matter!
& CITIZENS' ASSEMBLY
Be the protagonist of an Oxford-style debate with other young people like you. Enjoy the work of creating recommendations to present to the plenary about the future of the EU!
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & THE EU APPROACH
●Do you think it is necessary to constrain AI innovation and development in order to protect people's jobs?
●Do you think AI will undermine democracy in Europe, eroding fundamental rights and
●Do you think European citizens are prepared and have the necessary skills to adapt to such a rapid AI disruption?
●How can we prepare young European citizens to live in a world marked by digitalization and AI?
Europeans went digital... in Thessaloniki!
Third event of #EuropeansGoDigital: Debate Your Future!
#73 participants, #13 European countries.
Main actors: young university students from all over Europe, excited to learn about #ArtificialIntelligence and eager to help build a more secure digital Europe.
Goals: debate and create policy recommendations on the EU approach to Artificial Intelligence!
The event in Thessaloniki was really interesting and formative. With the Oxford style debates and the Citizens assembly we got the chance to disscuss and learn about artificial intelligence, it benefits, its risks, and its implications in the world we live and in the one we will live in the future. It was also really fun to meet people from all around the EU and share with them this experience, not only working but living and discovering a new place for a few days. The organizers did a great job and their implication and kindness at all times is really nice and appreciated. Thank you so much! :)
It was an eye-opening, stimulant, well-oraganised event where I got introduced to topics I haven’t talked about before. Meeting with young, talented and interesting like-minded people was amazing. I enjoyed my time in Thessaloniki and hope to be back one day. Thanks for organizing, I had a blast!
It was inspirational and informative. Also, I liked the multicultural aspect and the fact that I learned about AI in a debate sort of way, not in a cold academic environment.
Oxford-Style Debate and Citizens' Assembly
Europeans Go Digital brought together in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 8-10 September more than 73 participants from 13 EU countries to exchange ideas and propose amendments to the EU Artificial Intelligence Act.
Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) human or machine-oriented? How does AI touch our daily lives?
The main topics of the discussion were the threats and challenges that the EU is facing in the field of AI, as well as the need for better transparency and engagement between the EU institutions and young citizens.
On the first day Mr. Constantinos Tsoutsoplides, Head of the European Parliament Office in Greece, and Hon. Eva Kaili, Vice President of the European Parliament attended as panelists and participants battled to emerge victorious in the Oxford-style debate.
They were divided into “debaters” and “audience”, with three consecutive motions: 1. Do you think AI will undermine democracy in Europe, eroding fundamental rights and citizens’ freedom? 2. Do you think European citizens are prepared and have the necessary skills to adapt to such a rapid AI disruption? 3. Do you think it is necessary to constrain AI innovation and development in order to protect people’s jobs?
The Citizens’ Assembly was the format of the second day. Divided into seven work groups, students discussed possible amendments to the EU legislation on AI that is currently under negotiation at the European Parliament.
On the last day, all groups presented their proposals to the jury composed of Prof. George Kartsiotis, Lecturer at Perrotis College, and Ms. Leighanne Penna, Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness & Strategic Initiatives at the American Farm School, who selected the top-three proposals for their concrete impact on EU legislation. An insightful discussion followed.
Everyone did an excellent job!
As the project has the aim of bringing young EU citizens and EU institutions closer together, the winning proposals of this event will be presented to MEPs and national policymakers. This way, future plenary discussions will voice the vision of our young Europeans on the issue of AI.
We are grateful for their commitment to all the participants coming from our Colleges: German students coming from Jacobs University Bremen; Greek students from Perrotis College; Hungarian students from Bibó István College of Law and Political Science, EVK Szakkollégium, Heller Farkas College for Advanced Financial Studies, Rajk College for Advanced Studies; Italian students from Collegio Don Nicola Mazza, Collegio Einaudi, Collegio Monterone, Collegio Universitario Lamaro Pozzani, Collegio Universitario Santa Caterina da Siena, Fondazione Collegio San Carlo, Villa Nazareth; Romanian students from Miko Imre Law and Economics College for Advanced Studies; Slovenian students from Študentski dom Ljubljana; Spanish students from Colegio Mayor Universidad Francisco de Vitoria.
Thank you also to our partners, MeOut and Social Warning - Movimento Etico Digitale that actively attended the event!
A big special thanks to our hosts, Perrotis College and the American Farm School! They made EGD Thessaloniki an unforgettable experience!!!
09:00 - 09:30 - Welcome and Registration
09:30 - 10:00 - Short Introduction by Organizers:
Dr. Konstantinos Rotsios - Dean Perrotis College
Ms. Mirela Mazalu - Secretary-General EucA
Mr. Luca De Rosa - Secretary Social Warning
Mr. Dominik Földi - Project Officer MeOut
10:00 - 11:00 - Expert Panel:
Hon. Eva Kaili - Vice President European Parliament
Mr. Constantinos Tsoutsoplides - Head of the European Parliament Office in Greece
11:00 - 11:30 - Break
11:30 - 12:00 - Ice breaker Games
12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch
13:00 - 15:00 - Preparation for Oxford-style Debates
15:00 - 15:30 - Break
15:30 - 18:00 - Oxford-style Debates
18:00 - 18:30 - Conclusion and Winners' Announcement
18:30 - BBQ all together
09:30 - 10:30 - Citizens' Assembly Introduction
10:30 - 11:00 - Break
11:00 - 12:00 - Teamwork
12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch
13:00 - 15:00 - Teamwork
15:00 - 15:30 - Guided Tour of Perrotis Campus (optional)
15.30 - 16:00 - Break
16:00 - 18:30 - Recommendations' Drafting
18:30 - 19:00 - Learning Outcome Assessment in groups
19:00 - Dinner on your own and Thessaloniki experience (optional)
09:30 - 10:30 - Group Presentations and Q&A
10:30 - 11:00 - Break
11:00 - 11:30 - Jury decision and feedback session:
Prof. George Kartsiotis - Lecturer at Perrotis College
Ms. Leighanne Penna - Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness & Strategic Initiatives at the American Farm School
11:30 - 12:00 - Conclusion and Celebration
12:00 - End