Europe spins up AI research hub to apply accountability rules on Big Tech

April 19, 2023

The European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency (ECAT) aims to enhance the safety, predictability, and trustworthiness of the online environment for both individuals and businesses. An increasing concern is how algorithmic systems impact the visibility, promotion, and societal and ethical implications of content. As a result, the Digital Services Act (DSA) has implemented measures that require algorithmic accountability and transparency audits.

To support the European Commission's supervisory and enforcement responsibilities for Very Large Online Platforms (VLOPs) and Very Large Online Search Engines (VLOSEs) under the DSA, the ECAT provides scientific and technical expertise. The ECAT collaborates with industry, academia, and civil society organizations to improve understanding of algorithmic operations, evaluate risks, and propose transparent approaches and best practices.

The ECAT operates under the European Commission and is hosted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Commission's in-house science and knowledge service. It also works closely with the Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT).