Delegation of the European Union to Australia

What is the international alliance for a human-centric approach on artificial intelligence?

04/05/2021 - 01:38
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The European Union expects Artificial Intelligence (AI) to significantly improve the lives of citizens and bring major benefits to society and the economy. The main vision characterizing the EU approach is the creation of ‘human-centric AI’, while at the same time supporting the EU’s technological and industrial capacity and AI uptake across the economy, as well as preparing for socio-economic changes.

To contribute to the ongoing debate at global level about the legal and ethical challenges posed by the use of AI, the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) and the DirectorateGeneral for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), in collaboration with the European External Action Services (EEAS), launched the project to promote the establishment of an “International Alliance for a human-centric approach to Artificial Intelligence” (in short IA-AI).

The project aims to provide expert advisory services and technical assistance to the European Commission ‘To contribute to the setting up of a framework for ethics and trust to enable the growth of AI in accordance with EU and universally recognised values and prepare the ground for global alliance building in this field’.

To achieve this goal, the specific objectives of the project are to support the Commission to:

  1. Develop responsible leadership in global discussions around AI;
  2. Create the conditions for the uptake of policies and good practices / standards that ensure appropriate ethical and legal framework on AI;
  3. Improve public awareness of the challenges and opportunities associated with AI.

What do we plan?

The IA-AI project aims to leverage existing multilateral and bilateral initiatives to build global alliances around human-centric AI within the context of international fora such as the OECD, the G20, the G7, the recently established Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), and the United Nations. “Through the mobilisation of strategic communication and technical expertise, the project expects to complement the ongoing international processes adding on joint initiatives with key interested partners and like-minded-countries.

To this end the, the IA-AI project will conduct the following activities during its implementation phase:

  1. Dialogue and joint initiatives with like-minded partners: aimed to support policy dialogue and knowledge exchange activities for targeted stakeholders concerned with human-centric AI and/or convergence of regulatory approaches to foster awareness of EU policy initiatives.
  2. Public outreach and technology diplomacy: with the goal to conduct policy and public outreach and technology diplomacy communication, enhancing visibility of the EU activities and leadership position to promote the establishment of a global alliance on human-centric AI.
  3. Research, intelligence gathering, and monitoring of AI developments: to review the progress of AI initiatives globally as well as facilitate knowledge exchange, increase awareness, and promote understanding and acceptance of a common approach to a responsible and trustworthy AI.


Specific activities with Australia

Within this context, the European Union and Australia are engaging in discussions for bilateral structured policy dialogue and have agreed to explore possible synergies and defining areas of mutual interest for reinforced collaboration in specific priority policy domains.

For this reason, a mapping of the the human-centric AI landscape in Australia will be carried out during the period May – June 2021, identifying key stakeholders and analysing the relevant policy and research activities under implementation or planned.

To discuss the results of this activity, a joint EU-Australia Online Workshop on Human-Centric AI is being organized, with the aim to gain a better understanding of the visions, policies and activities to promote a responsible development of AI in the EU and Australia and to define research priorities to further deepen the cooperation on joint actions to converge on common ethical and regulatory frameworks and standards to raise awareness and public outreach to support building partnerships at the global level.

The workshop is expected to take place over two half-days in the first half of July 2021



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