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AI on the agenda as news agency heads meet in Madrid

Madrid, Apr 26 (EFE).- Executives of the world’s principal news agencies will gather here this week for the 34th MINDS International conference to discuss topics including artificial intelligence and data management.

Agencia EFE, Spain’s international news agency, is hosting the meeting of the 23 organizations in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania, that make up the Media Innovation Network.

Participants will exchange views about the challenges and opportunities of AI, the handling of large volumes of data, and new possibilities for boosting revenue.

“There will be much talk at this conference about artificial intelligence, which is a utensil that we find very useful, but which we must know how to use with prudence,” EFE CEO Gabriela Cañas said.

News agencies, she said, “are more indispensable than ever” given the capacity the internet offers for the spread of disinformation, providing clients and the public the security of compliance with “very important ethical and professional standards.”

Besides panel discussions among the agency executives, the conference will include remarks by guest speakers Caro Kriel, CEO of the Thomson Foundation; Greg Piechota, researcher-in-residence at the International News Media Association; Rosalia Lloret, CEO of de; and Angel Villarino, deputy director of El Confidencial.

Since its founding in 2007, the Media Innovation Network has expanded to include EFE and other members of the European Alliance of News Agencies, The Associated Press, Japan’s Kyodo News Agency, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, The Canadian Press, and the Australian Associated Press, among others.

The network organizes two MINDS International conferences every year.

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