New Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence initiative goes live

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Posted on: June 16, 2020 5:46 pm EDT

An international consortium has been put together to self-regulate the AI ecosystem

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be in charge of hosting the Secretariat of the new Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI). This is a coalition that was launched to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) is used in a responsible way while respecting human rights and democratic values. This GPAI expects to bring together industry experts, government agents, civil society and academia with the purpose of conducting research and other AI-based pilot projects.

The founding members are Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, the UK and the US. The objective is to bridge the existent gap between theory and practice regarding AI policies. With the Secretariat in the hands of the OECD, the GPAI will have a strong link between international policy development and technical aspects of AI that need to be discussed. The OECD has plenty of experience in AI policy and it was in charge of developing the first international standard for trustworthy AI.

“AI is a truly transformational technology that could play a catalysing role in our response to Covid-19 and other global challenges provided it is developed and used with trust, transparency and accountability,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “The launch of GPAI, an initiative grounded in the OECD AI Principles, marks an important step toward this goal. The OECD is looking forward to building powerful synergies between cutting-edge scientific work envisioned by GPAI and the OECD’s AI policy leadership.” This initiative was originally proposed by France and Canada at the Biarritz Summit in August 2019. The GPAI will have four working groups focused on responsible AI, data governance, the future of work and innovation and commercialization.