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Governance of Artificial Intelligence in the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is in charge of upholding human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Europe. Its member states are currently working on legal frameworks for the development and use of AI systems.

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1 March 2022

Solidarity with Ukraine

As an organization that defends human rights and democracy, we, the team of AlgorithmWatch and AlgorithmWatch Switzerland, stand in solidarity with Ukraine, the Ukrainian population and all Russians who do not support this war.

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20 December 2021

ADM in the Public Sector: The Workshop

AlgorithmWatch Switzerland was invited to give a workshop as part of an event series on AI & Ethics organised and presented by Swiss Digital Initiative (SDI). Together with participants from various backgrounds, we explored how Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be applied to the public sector, where and in what forms such applications are already used and what questions should be asked when considering the use of AI in the public sector.

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1 September 2021

Let’s celebrate: One year AlgorithmWatch Switzerland!

For one year now, algorithms have been under special scrutiny in Switzerland as well: that's how long AlgorithmWatch Switzerland has been closely examining the use of automated decision-making systems (ADM) in the Swiss context. By now they’ve already grown to a team of three! It all started with the awareness that the power of algorithms…

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5 August 2021

Security tests on Swiss COVID certificate find 136 vulnerabilities, amid calls for further restrictions

The Swiss COVID certificate launched in June has undergone its first phase of internal and public security tests, and the results are in.

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8 June 2021

Swiss COVID-19 certificate system subjected to public security test and gradually implemented

Switzerland launched its own COVID-19 certificate system on June 7, both in paper and digital formats. Rollout will be gradual, and the system is expect to be fully functioning by the end of June.

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18 May 2021

Centralized check-in apps reignite debate around digital contact tracing in Switzerland

During the pandemic, the public as well as the private sector have worked on digital tools for contact tracing. Private companies developed a variety of check-in apps for venues such as restaurants, bars, and clubs. In contrast to the SwissCovid app, those check-in apps collected data through a centralized architecture. This form of data collection in combination with insufficient checks on the private companies' use of the data raises questions regarding citizens' privacy and data security.

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20 November 2020

Welcome to Switzerland, AlgorithmWatch!

Imagine you live in a Swiss city, and that you, and your whole family, are very excited that your child, who has just turned six years old, will start first-grade next summer. However, your home sits between two schools, and you don’t know which school your child will go to. Worse than that, you don’t…

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