OECD plans to launch its ‘AI Policy Observatory’

June 6, 2019 | by Maathangi Hariharan
OECD plans to launch its 'AI Policy Observatory'

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has, in addition to releasing its own principles on building trustworthy Artificial Intelligence [take a look at our piece on the same here], decided to launch its own ‘AI Policy Observatory’ modeling it as ‘An online hub for AI information, evidence, and policy options.’ OECD recognizes AI as a general purpose technology that has a wide variety of uses, the Observatory will adopt a multidisciplinary approach, constantly interacting with policymakers from other disciplines such as health, education and transportation. Consistent with its existing approach, the Observatory shall continue to adopt an evidence based approach towards AI, and engage in multiple strategic partnerships, with stakeholders ranging from governments and NGOs to academicians and private sector members.

Leveraging its wide reach, the Observatory aims to serve as an extremely useful directory, and one stop policy resource, that will collate and make accessible all policies and regulatory measures adopted by nations that promote and monitor AI and Machine Learning. It will also track national strategies, identify and highlight best practices, formulate international benchmarks that can be used to compare policies of different nations. According to their brochure, OECD is expected to launch this Observatory in the latter half of 2019.

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