The DigHum initiative of TU Wien supports the following statement of the CAIDP on Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

 

The Center for AI and Digital Policy condemns Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked attack on Ukraine. We urge Russia to immediately halt all forms of aggression against the people of Ukraine.

As an organization established to defend fundamental rights, democratic institutions, and the rule of law, we condemn this blatant violation of international law. This is an act of aggression against a sovereign, independent, and peaceful country.

We urge all nations to make clear their support for Ukraine. 

We also stand with international organizations in the field of digital policy, including the OECD, the Council of Europe, the European Union, and UNESCO, that have opposed the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

We call attention to the danger of Artificial Intelligence techniques that promote propaganda, enable cyberattacks, and make possible automated warfare.

  • Internet-companies are now amplifying pro-Putin content. That is the consequence of algorithms trained to maximize hits and profits. 
  • Russia’s cyberattacks threaten Ukraine and countries around the world.
  • Russia has opposed the UN convention that would prohibit Lethal Autonomous Weapons. These AI-enabled  weapon systems pose an immediate threat to the safety and well-being of all nations.

We also urge countries and industries to monitor the use of algorithmic techniques for disinformation campaigns, cyberattacks, and automated warfare. 

We believe that human-centric and trustworthy AI can contribute to greater international cooperation, peace, and human well-being.

We support the people of Ukraine.