On Friday 24 June, Paul participated in a Workshop on AI Infrastructures for Civil Society and the Arts organized by the Hardware Medienkunst Verein. The one-day virtual workshop discussed the need for a civil society AI infrastructure to provide computational capacity and processes for the fields of art, human rights, ecology, and political activism as a public task.
To this end, a number of contributors had been invited to highlight and discuss various aspects of a civic and artistic AI infrastructure in short presentations. Paul’s contribution took place in the final panel which examined “which approaches to solutions exist that respect principles of ‘digital sovereignty’ or non-commercial use of artificial intelligence infrastructures”. Paul’s intervention focussed on the possibility of Common Data Spaces that can nurture artistic practices and civil society activism.