The European Commission has officially launched the European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency (ECAT). The ECAT's role is to provide the Commission with technical and scientific expertise ensuring that the algorithmic systems used by Very Large Online Platforms and Very Large Online Search Engines comply with the risk management, mitigation and transparency requirements of the EU Digital Services Act (DSA).
Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age, said, "With multidisciplinary expertise, the team at the European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency is going to look under the hood of the Very Large Online Platforms and Very Large Online Search Engines for the first time to see how their algorithms function and contribute to the spread of illegal and harmful content, which too many Europeans have been exposed to.
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