European AI Fund is launched by consortium of foundations working in Europe

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A consortium of foundations working in Europe have launched the European AI Fundan initiative seeking to shape the direction of AI in Europe and promote public interest and civil society organisations working on policy and technology.

Over the next five years, the European Commission and national governments across Europe will forge a plan for Europe’s digital transformation, including AI. But without a strong civil society taking part in the debate, Europe, and the world, risk missing critical opportunities and could face fundamental harms.

The fund is launching with a €1,000,000 open call for proposals, open until 1 November, aiming to build the capacity of those who already work on AI and Automated Decision Making (ADM). The fund is simultaneously looking to bring in new civil society actors to the debate, especially those who have not yet worked on issues relating to AI, but whose domain of work is affected by AI.

The fund is supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, King Baudouin Foundation, Luminate, Mozilla, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations and Stiftung Mercator and hosted by the Network of European Foundations.

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