New AI Research Center Launched, UNESCO Ethics Resolution Moves Forward, CAIDP Update 2.14 (Apr. 5, 2021)
The Need for A Strong Privacy Law, CAIDP Update 2.12 (March 22, 2021) reprinted from the New York Times
Council of Europe Proposes Ban on Facial Recognition Techniques, CAIDP Update 2.05 (Feb. 1, 2021)
The CAIDP Team: AI Policy Issues to Watch in 2021, CAIDP Update 2.01 (Jan. 4, 2021)
Belarus: Facial recognition systems used in Belarus track dissidents
Kipod a biometric machine learning system developed by Belarusian software company LLC Synesis was used by the Belarusian government to arrest dissident Nikolai Dedok. Feeds from public security cameras in metro stations were sent to Kipod which tracked known acquaintances of Dedok which led to his arrest.
United Kingdom: UK Government publishes announcement concerning intent to reveal strategy on AI
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden has set out 10 Tech priorities for the UK one them being “Unleashing the transformational power of tech and AI.” The UK intends to publish a paper on their strategy for AI. This will contain recommendation from the independent expert AI Council who the government will consult. It is important to note that one key points that UK Government mentioned was an “Ethical, safe and trustworthy development of responsible AI.”
France: France authorizes the use of facial recognition in public transport to track
A decree issued by the French government states “operators of collective public passenger transport service” may use “intelligent video” bases systems to assess if mask wearing is being adhered to on public transport. La Quadrature du Net has said the degree is “authoritarian offensive” and claims it violates Article 5 of the GDPR.
Council of Europe: Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopt declaration that AI systems used by public authorities must respect human rights
A declaration adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe states how” “automated decision-making systems” without a “lack of transparency and insufficient public scrutiny” can lead to an increase in risk and “amplify biases” when used in in the public sector. The Committee set out certain “needs” when these systems are used such as the “need for human oversight” and the “need for accountability.
China: The new 5 year plan
China upped the stakes in its tech race with the U.S. as leaders laid out plans to speed up development of advanced technologies from chips to artificial intelligence over five years. The country used its annual party meeting to outline a five-year plan for advancing technology that aids "national security and overall development." It will create labs, foster educational programs and otherwise boost research in fields like AI, biotech, semiconductors and quantum computing.
China: AI-integrated court system
China’s courts use data analytics and blockchain evidence storage on the way to first AI-integrated legal system. Through ambitious technological efforts, such as using big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), it has started transforming how the judicial system operates, according to the Supreme People’s Court work report released during China’s annual parliamentary sessions.
South Korea: South Korea to Provide High-performance Computing Resources to Businesses and Institutions.
The Ministry of Science and ICT announced that it will provide high-performance computing resources to South Korean businesses and agencies in need of artificial intelligence (AI) development.
Source: The Korea BizWire, March 8, 2021
2020 AI Policy: The Year in Review, CAIDP Update 1.26 (Dec. 28, 2020)
President Von der Leyen Calls for Transatlantic AI Agreement at Boston Global Forum, CAIDP Update 1.24 (Dec. 14, 2020)
CAIDP Publishes "Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values (AISCI-2020)," CAIDP Update 1.23 (Dec. 14, 2020)
New US Executive Order on Trustworthy, CAIDP Update 1.22 (Dec. 7, 2020),
Pope Francis Prays that AI "Always Serve Humanity," CAIPD Update 1.20 (Nov. 23, 2020)
European Privacy Board Sets Out New Rules for Data Transfers, Implications for AI, CAIDP Update 1.19 (Nov. 16, 2020)