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Spanish Agency for theSupervision of Artificial Intelligence

Civil society organizations claim our role to the Spanish Agency for the
Supervision of Artificial Intelligence (AESIA from its Spanish acronym

We are at a crucial moment, where Artificial Intelligence is determining the automation of
society, the course of democracies and the welfare of the people. The technical complexity
of algorithmic procedures, together with their social impact, requires a cross-cutting, multi-
sectorial and participatory response from society.
For this reason, the proposal to create the Spanish Agency for the Supervision of Artificial
Intelligence in 2022 is welcome news. Moreover, Spain will assume the presidency of the
Council of the European Union in the second half of 2023 and has also offered to be a pilot country to examine the new regulation of Artificial Intelligence that is currently being
discussed in Europe. The agency is, therefore, a historic opportunity to put Spain at the
forefront of innovation in strict respect for Human Rights.
Therefore, it would be incomprehensible for the government not to take advantage of the
opportunity offered by civil society organisations to create an agency that is up to the
challenges we face today. For this reason, we, the undersigned organisations and
collectives, demand:
– The government should takes the opportunity to draw on the knowledge and experience
of civil society organisations already working on these issues, by involving them in the
process of designing, establishing and setting the aims and objectives of the State Agency for Supervision of Artificial Intelligence.
The Agency should exercise prudential supervision, guaranteeing the fairness of
algorithmic processes, accountability for their negative and/or discriminatory impact and
ensuring transparency. The Agency’s action should primarily target public and private
entities that develop and implement algorithms.
The Agency should be an independent body, transparent in its entire structure,
composition, and mission remit. Furthermore, it should promote the transparency,
auditability and explainability of algorithms and information systems to society through
easily understandable and accessible tools and information.
Given these demands, the undersigned organisations call for a clear and defined civil
society participation strategy in the processes and policy development related to Artificial
Intelligence. We demand formal and established channels of dialogue with the government and encourage a public debate about the governance of algorithms that puts respect for Human Rights and social justice at the center.

Drafted by: Lafede.cat, Algorace, Fundación Eticas, CIVIO, Observatorio Trabajo,
Algoritmos y Sociedad, Komons y Algorights

 

Signed by:
Digitalfems
Mujeres Supervivientes
European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Interferencias por los derechos digitales
Associació Pangea – Coordinadora Comunicació per a la Cooperació
Novact. Instituto Internacional por la Acción Noviolenta
Colectic
Irídia – Centre per la Defensa dels Drets Humans
Colectivo Agar, espacio de investigación y encuentro desde la diversidad
Statewatch
Digitalcourage
Panoptykon Foundation
RED DE ABOGADAS Y ABOGADOS PARA LA DEFENSA AMBIENTAL (RADA)
Calala Fondo de Mujeres
Servei Civil Internacional de Catalunya
SETEM Catalunya
Fundación Hay Derecho
Sociedad Española de Documentación e Información Científica
ACICOM (ASSOCIACIÓ CIUTADANIA I COMUNICACIÓ)
Xnet
Sant Just Solidari
SUDS – Associació Internacional de Solidaritat i Cooperació
Fundación Platoniq. Creatividad & Democracia
Fundación Visualización para la Transparencia (ViT)/Fundació Visualització per a la
Transparència (ViT)/Visualization for Transparency Foundation (ViT)
SOS Racisme Catalunya
Confederación de Consumidores y Usuarios
ACICOM (Associació Ciutadania i Comunicació)
Access Info Europe
AAV Associació d’Arxivers i Gestors de Documents Valencians
Col·legi Oficial de Bibliotecaris i Documentalistes de la Comunitat Valenciana (COBDCV)
SED – Solidaritat Educació Desenvolupament
Fair Trials
Bit Lab Cultural Cooperativa
ASOCIACIÓN SENDA DE CUIDADOS
ASOCIACIÓN TERRITORIO DOMESTICO
Arsgames
Observatorio DESC
Observatorio del Impacto Social y Ético de la Inteligencia Artificial (OdiseIA)
DataForGoodBCN
ARCHIVEROS ESPAÑOLES EN LA FUNCIÓN PÚBLICA (AEFP)
ÉLITE TAXI BARCELONA
Taxi Project 2.0
aFFaC (Associacions Federades de Famílies d’Alumnes de Catalunya)
Rights International Spain
Ass. Internacional Enginyeria Sense Fronteres
Sepra, SCC