Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
The CDCE led an initial consultation on artificial intelligence (AI) so that the discussions regarding its development and applications could better take into account general cultural challenges, and particularly those of the diversity of cultural expressions. On September 25, 2018, CDCE representatives and collaborators met with the Montreal Declaration team to discuss the interaction between artificial intelligence and the diversity of cultural expressions. Additional research and feedback from members or allies of the CDCE, especially at the CDCE’s 20th anniversary on October 25, 2018, completed the consultation. The CDCE’s goal is to identify the challenges raised by artificial intelligence and opportunities that it evokes for the diversity of cultural expressions, propose ethical principles to monitor the development of AI in cultural matters and make recommendations to create the implementation of these principles.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
This consultation was first summarized in a CDCE publication. It was sent to the Montreal Declaration team, which led to the integration of new challenges related to cultural diversity in the second version of the declaration. This document facilitated the CDCE’s representations and the creation of partnerships, especially with the new document International Observatory on the societal impacts of artificial and digital intelligence. The CDCE is therefore the first civil society partner under the Arts, media and cultural diversity axis. Various presentations led by the CDCE on the matter helped inform the people and organizations that are active in the cultural sector about the tangible applications of artificial intelligence in culture and the potential impacts, positive or negative, of these application on the diversity of cultural expressions. The text also circulated through the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity and was made available to UNESCO on a website ahead of the 12th session of the intergovernmental committee.