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Intel’s Artificial Intelligence Policy Vision Helps Governments Realize AI’s Tremendous Opportunities

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By Derek Waxman - Global Policy Director, Artificial Intelligence

On May 29-31, as part of our Canadian stop on the AI Policy World Tour, Intel sponsored the 6thannual Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit in Ottawa, Canada. Created in 2011, the OGP is the leading global, multilateral organization focused on open government. Seventy-nine countries and a growing number of local governments—representing more than two billion people—along with thousands of civil society organizations are members of the Open Government Partnership. The conference has historically been limited to government and civil society organizations, so we at Intel were honored to have been asked by the host country to participate and share our views on the responsible development and deployment of AI as well as the importance of continued dialogue between government, civil society and the private sector to address the many challenges that lie ahead.

Closing-Ceremony_Derek-Helene-898x1024.jpg Derek Waxman and Helene Joncas at the closing ceremony of the OGP Summit last week in Ottawa, Canada.

The AI Day morning session was kicked off by Canada’s CIO, Alex Binay, and I was honored to deliver the closing speech. My remarks focused on Intel’s AI policy vision and the importance of implementing policy frameworks to enable the realization of the AI opportunity for governments and society at large – to address and solve some the world’s most difficult challenges, while also spurring economic growth and protecting the rights of citizens. At Intel we believe that in order for AI to be developed and deployed responsibly, government AI strategies globally should be innovative, trusted and inclusive.

  • Innovative– Governments should commit resources to the development, adoption and implementation of AI and foster international collaboration between industry, academia, government and civil society.

  • Trusted- Autonomous determinations made by algorithms may affect individuals and their private lives, but more automation should not translate to less protection. AI is powered by access to data, removing barriers to the responsible access to data, while also enhancing data protections, will help machine learning and deep learning reach their full potential.

  • Inclusive– Require accountability for ethical design and implementation of AI as well as a focus on developing the workforce that will develop AI, while creating the workforce that will use AI, and improving the social safety net to lessen the impact from employment disruption and displacement.

How-Ready-is-Govt-for-AI-Panel-1024x364.jpg Riccardo Masucci participates in the "How Ready is Government for AI" Panel at the OGP Summit in Ottawa.


Riccardo Masucci, Intel’s Global Director of Privacy Policy, took part in a media panel with senior government officials from Canada and the UK highlighting the importance of accountability for private sector in building trust with citizens, as much as for governments.  He later participated on the panel “How ready is government for AI?” covering a range of issues, including open data, privacy, diversity, accountability and ethics. In particular, he emphasized that governments can benefit from AI to improve citizens’ lives and address challenges like climate change, food security and curing cancer: the Collective Cancer Cloud in North America and the ICTAI innovation center in India are great examples of successful collaborations between Intel and public organizations. Intel Canada’s Helene Joncas participated on the Inclusive AI panel discussion, which covered a series of important topics such as women’s impact and leadership in technology and innovation, and the need to increase diversity and inclusion in AI, and mitigate bias in algorithms.

To take advantage of AI and realize its full potential, all stakeholders must engage to understand the technology, debate how it will impact society, and address concerns. By partnering with organizations like the OGP and with governments around the world, we take pride in contributing to the current global dialogue on AI and technology. We continue to believe that the main drivers of public policy towards AI should be solving large societal problems and fostering economic growth, while balancing citizens’ concerns and rights. Focus on innovation should not prevent policymakers from implementing policies that enhance trust and inclusivity for all.

The Canada stop on the Intel AI Policy World Tour was a tremendous success, and we are looking forward to our events in the near future in Beijing, Tokyo, Washington DC, London and Delhi.