The European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency has opened in Seville, with the aim of supporting the application of EU digital rules by decoding algorithmic black boxes. The centre, which is part of the European Commission’s in-house research service, will provide scientific and technological expertise to enforce the Digital Services Act. The centre will analyse training datasets for bias and propose technical measures for compliance, as well as provide a methodology and documentation for the enforcement of new rules on algorithms. It will also examine issues such as mental health, discrimination, hate speech and disinformation.

The new centre will initially employ 30 people, but the tasks ahead are significant, given there are between 20 and 25 very large online platforms that need to be monitored.

Article written by Luca Bertuzzi