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Orange sets up a data and AI ethics advisory board made up of experts

Orange presented the creation of its Data and AI Ethics Council, made up of 11 well-known personalities in the field. Chaired by Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange, this advisory and independent body has the mission of supporting the implementation by the company of ethical principles governing the use of data and Artificial Intelligence technologies.

The Board’s role is to intervene on a wide variety of subjects, for example to ensure that the AI-based systems developed by the Group have properly integrated the principles of non-discrimination and fairness from their conception, or yet they do not present a privacy risk when they analyze network data for the causes of fiber video service failure. It is within this framework of intervention that this board will also be responsible for creating an ethical charter for the responsible use of data and AI at Orange, and for monitoring its implementation within the Group’s entities. It may be approached by external personalities, customer representatives and / or employees of Orange to study concrete cases relating to the ethics of data and AI, and will propose recommendations that will be submitted to the validation of the Orange Executive Committee. It will also issue forward-looking opinions on the use of data and AI technologies within the Group.

Orange’s Data and AI Ethics Council is made up of 11 personalities not affiliated with Orange, chosen for their independence and neutrality, their expertise on these subjects, as well as the diversity of their profiles: specialists in ethics, jurists, philosophers, researchers, professionals from public bodies, academia and public and private economic sectors. We find Raja Chatila, Professor of AI, Robotics and ethics at Sorbonne University; Lê Nguyên Hoang, Researcher and scientific mediator in computer science at EPFL, Switzerland; Caroline Lequesne-Roth, Teacher-Researcher Université Côte d’Azur; Sasha Rubel, International Expert IA responsible and open data; Cécile Dejoux, University Professor at Cnam; Etienne Klein, Laboratory Director at CEA; Mark Hunyadi, Professor of moral and political philosophy at the University of Louvain; Claire Levallois Barth, Senior Lecturer in Law at Télécom Paris; Winston Maxwell, Director of Legal Studies at Telecom Paris; Françoise Soulie-Fogelman, Consultant in AI, Former professor and director of a start-up and Jean-Noël Lafargue, Senior lecturer at the University of Paris 8.

The creation of the Data and AI Ethics Council is part of the brand’s desire to strengthen its bonds of trust with its customers, employees and stakeholders, in connection with ethics. At the same time as the creation of this board, the company has for several years been carrying out a research program to contribute to the development, use and responsible governance of Orange. Trusted AI ”within the“ High Level Expert Group ”of the European Commission and supports the Impact AI collective.

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