Emerging Tech Digest (May 2021)

23 Jun 2021

This extract is taken from the May 2021 issue of The Digest, GPD’s newsletter. Sign up here.

Responses to the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act


While April saw a lot of movement on a wide range of AI-related processes at different international forums, May has proven somewhat quieter. 

Sneaking in at the end of April, however, was the EU’s draft Artificial Intelligence Act. See our first thoughts on the proposals here, and read the responses from our friends at ARTICLE 19Access Now and EDRi.


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On emerging technologies, the Australian government has announced the establishment of a new $50 million National AI Centre to coordinate Australia’s AI expertise and capabilities and drive adoption of the technology.

New data protection laws were passed in Germany and Ecuador, both of which are based on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In El Salvador, the Law on the Protection of Personal Data—recently passed by the Economic Commission’s Legislative Assembly—was vetoed by the President and sent back to the Legislative Assembly for further consideration.