Development in the fields of data availability and AI technologies present ever greater challenges for law enforcement and policing. Criminals are exploiting new technology more quickly than law enforcement can bring new techniques to bear. AI provides the opportunity to commit new types of crime, enables some crime types to be committed on an industrial scale and facilitates many forms of ‘traditional’ crime. At the same time, the technology that enables these new crime patterns also offers the possibility for a step-change in law enforcement. To tackle the opportunities and challenges presented by AI technologies, practitioners from law enforcement and policing, policymakers, civil society, researchers, and industry professionals need to evaluate these technologies regarding their applicability as well as their societal, ethical, and legal implications.
ALIGNER will establish a forum for exchange between practitioners from law enforcement and policing, civil society, policymaking, research, and industry to discuss opportunities, challenges, needs, and risks emerging from the use of AI technologies in law enforcement. The insights gained from this exchange will be used to design an AI research and policy roadmap meeting the operational, cooperative, and collaborative needs of police and law enforcement agencies.
ALIGNER’s interdisciplinary team includes three European law enforcement agencies; the Basque Police, the Swedish Police, and the Munich Police; research scientists and industry experts with focus on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Law from CBRNE Ltd., the Swedish Defence Research Agency FOI and KU Leuven. The project is coordinated by Fraunhofer IAIS. The project is supported by a Law Enforcement Advisory Board and a Science, Industry, Ethics, and Civil Society Advisory Board, creating a pan-European network to guide the project partners.
ALIGNER will establish a series of regular workshops in which actors from policing and law enforcement, civil society, policymaking, research, and industry will exchange about topics with relation to the use of AI by law enforcement, covering emerging crime patterns, capability enhancement needs, as well as ethical, legal, and societal implications of the use of AI by law enforcement. The workshops will be supported by an AI technology watch process as well as ethical and legal assessments. The results from the workshops will be published in the AI research and policy roadmap.
Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, Germany (Coordinator)
CBRNE Ltd., United Kingdom
FOI: Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, Sweden
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Gobierno Vasco – Departamento de Seguridad, Spain
Polismyndigheten Swedish Police Authority, Sweden
Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern, für Sport und Integration, Germany
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 101020574.