ADC discusses AI, digital policy, and privacy at Argentina-United States event
On June 28 and 29, Valeria Milanes, executive director of the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (Association for Civil Rights – ADC), spoke at the seminar “Advancing the Bilateral Digital Policy Dialogue, Data Privacy, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governance,” organized by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship. Within that framework, she also held meetings with representatives of both governments.
During the event, Ms. Milanes participated in the session “Knowledge Exchange between Government, Civil Society and Academia,” where she shared considerations on the different mechanisms for international data transfers, such as regulatory instruments and intergovernmental agreements, including free trade agreements and their possible distortion for the protective scheme and multi-stakeholder participation. Our director also pointed out the challenges presented by a proper understanding of the data localization concept, both for international transfers and effective data protection, while emphasizing the existence of asymmetries, which require participation in the processes of design and development of international guiding principles, so as to facilitate their translation into the normative, regulatory and technological realities of the region and each country.
“The exchange held with representatives of the two governments, academics, technicians, the private sector, and legal experts on certification models and binding corporate rules as facilitators of cross-border data flows was very enriching and allowed us to delve into various nuances related to data protection and the opportunities and challenges of these models,” said Ms. Milanes after the meeting. She also stressed that “multistakeholder dialogue is essential for a proper understanding of the regional digital ecosystem, its interaction with the global network and the design, improvement, and optimization of tools for protecting the personal data of users and consumers.”
Milanes shared the round table with Beatriz Busaniche (Fundación Vía Libre), Elsa Estevez (Universidad Nacional del Sur), and Fernando Schapachnik (Fundación Sadosky). Paula Garnero moderated the discussion.
The event aimed to advance the dialogue on digital policy, privacy, and artificial intelligence (AI) and brought together government and regulatory officials with experts from industry, academia, and civil society to share knowledge on national digital }policy priorities and emerging regulatory frameworks for data protection, cross-border data flows, and AI governance, as well as to identify common ground and opportunities to deepen the conversation.
The remaining modules of the meeting were dedicated to the two governments’ policies and initiatives on data governance and privacy enforcement, certification models and data privacy frameworks, and knowledge sharing between government and industry on data privacy and AI.