The appointment was announced by the undersecretary for Publishing, Alberto Barachini. Benanti is a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University and is the only Italian member of the United Nations Committee on Artificial Intelligence
After the resignation of Giuliano Amato, Father Paolo Benanti became the new president of the AI Commission for information. This was announced by the Undersecretary for Publishing, Alberto Barachini. Benanti is a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University and is the only Italian member of the United Nations Committee on Artificial Intelligence. Amato’s step back came following Giorgia Meloni’s words in the end-of-year press conference on his appointment, which had arrived in October 2023, causing irritation on the part of the prime minister.
“In these months of work I have been able to get to know his competence and his balance”, explained Barachini speaking of Benanti. “This is why I am honored that he accepted the position – added the undersecretary -. We return to work after the Christmas holidays with confidence and with the desire to soon produce a first report to present to Premier Meloni and my colleague Butti”. Shortly after Amato’s announcement, Barachini declared that he had taken note of the resignation and that he intended to move forward “with renewed determination in the work undertaken, aware of how crucial the information sector is and of the need to investigate the impact of artificial intelligence in every aspect, bringing to light opportunities, risks, outlining ethical perimeters and possible synergies to protect employment and copyright”. Barachini also renewed “my esteem and my trust in the commissioners who as early as next Tuesday, January 9, will begin to draft the first report to be delivered to Prime Minister Meloni who has identified artificial intelligence as one of the priorities of the Italian Presidency of the G7” .