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Many governments provide opportunities for the public to express its views on AI related polices. This page summarizes opportunities for public comment, statements that the CAIDP has provided, and the outcomes that resulted. Opportunities for public comment on AI Policy not listed? Please complete form below. 

 


U.S. Department of Commerce to Establish National AI Advisory Committee (Posted: Sept. 8, 2021)

 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo today announced that the Commerce Department has established a high-level committee to advise the President and other federal agencies on a range of issues related to artificial intelligence (AI). Working with the National AI Initiative Office (NAIIO) in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Department is now seeking to recruit top-level candidates to serve on the committee.

 

A formal notice describing the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) and the call for nominations for the committee and its Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement appears in the Federal Register published today.

 

The NAIAC will consist of expert leaders from a broad and interdisciplinary range of AI-relevant disciplines from across academia, industry, non-profits and civil society, and federal laboratories. These experts will be qualified to provide advice and information on science and technology research, development, ethics, standards, education, fairness, civil rights implications, technology transfer, commercial application, security, and economic competitiveness related to AI.

 

Nominations to serve on the inaugural Committee and Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 25, 2021. 


Call for evidence launched on new technologies in law enforcement (UK) (posted July 22, 2021)

The House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee invites written contributions to its inquiry into new technologies in law enforcement. 

The committee seeks to explore the use of advanced algorithmic tools in activities to discover, deter, rehabilitate, or punish people who breach the law in England and Wales. The committee will be focusing on the existing legal framework around the development and use of these tools, ethical issues raised by their use in law enforcement contexts, as well as the lived experiences of end-users.  

 

Topics the committee is seeking evidence on include: 

  • What should new technologies used for law enforcement aim to achieve and in what instances is it acceptable for them to be used?  
  • Do advanced algorithms used in law enforcement contexts produce reliable outputs, and consistently so? How far do those who interact with these technologies (such as police officers, members of the judiciary, lawyers, and members of the public) understand how they work and how they should be used? 
  • What mechanisms should be introduced to monitor the deployment of new technologies?  Who should be accountable for the use of new technologies, and what accountability arrangements should be in place? 
  • How can transparency be ensured when it comes to the use of these technologies, including regarding how they are being purchased, how their results are being interpreted, and in what ways they are being used?

 

The committee invites interested individuals to submit written evidence by 5 September 2021. 

 

=> Send a Submission.


Athens AI Roundtable Seeks Support for Manifesto (posted June 15, 2021)

 

The Athens AI Roundtable is seeking support for the manifesto "In Defence of Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”

 

The Athens Roundtable on AI and the Rule of Law is a unique multi-stakeholder convening on legal systems and the rule of law, with a goal of advancing the global dialogue on policy, practice, international cooperation, capacity-building, and evidence-based instruments for the trustworthy adoption of AI. 

 

CAIDP has endorsed the Manifesto.

 

Details here.


European Commission Seeks Comments on AI Regulation (posted May 31, 2021)

 

From the European Commission - "Artificial intelligence (AI) is a fast-evolving and strategic technology with tremendous opportunities. However, some of its uses pose specific significant risks to the application of various EU rules designed to protect fundamental rights, ensure safety and attribute liability.

 

"This initiative will ensure that AI is safe, lawful and in line with EU fundamental rights. The overall goal is to stimulate the uptake of trustworthy AI in the EU economy. . . .

 

"This adopted act is open for feedback for a minimum period of 8 weeks. All feedback received will be summarised by the European Commission and presented to the European Parliament and Council with the aim of feeding into the legislative debate. Feedback received will be published on this site and therefore must adhere to the feedback rules."

 

Feedback period: April 26, 2021 to July 26, 2021

 

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OECD Seeks Comments on Framework for Classifying AI Systems (Posted May 20, 2021)

 

The OECD.AI Network of Experts developed the OECD Framework for Classifying AI Systems as a tool for policy-makers, regulators, legislators and others so that they can assess the opportunities and risks that different types of AI systems present and to inform their national AI strategies.

 

The Framework links the technical characteristics of AI with policy implications for the OECD AI Principles, which promote values like fairness, transparency, safety and accountability and policies such as building human capacity and fostering international cooperation.

 

After a year of work on the Framework, OECD.AI has launched a public consultation starting on 20 May until 31 June 2021 to seek feedback and input on the Framework’s usability and user-friendliness.

 


UNESCO and Mila - Quebec AI Institute Launches  Call for Proposals to identify blind spots in AI Policy (Posted Mar. 30, 2021)

 

UNESCO in cooperation with Mila - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, is launching a Call for Proposals to identify blind spots in AI Policy and Programme Development. The collective work will explore creative, novel and far-reaching approaches to tackling blind spots in the AI lifecycle

 

The publication will provide world leaders, policy-makers, and civil society members with perspectives that will be critical to face the immense task they’re presented: to ensure the development of AI reaches its full potential in accordance with democratic values and fundamental rights and freedoms. The magnitude of this challenge requires a collaborative effort that transcends disciplinary barriers and geographical borders. This publication will bring together visionary academics, civil society representatives, artists and innovators to help us shift the conversation from what we already know to what we have yet to render visible to ensure AI technologies leave no one behind.

 

Calls for proposals are open until 2 May 2021.

 

Selected proposals will be confirmed by 25 May.

 

Final proposals, if in written format in either English or French, should be between 5000-7000 words and should be written in a style that is accessible to non-AI specialists and received by 1 September 2021.

 

To ensure inclusivity and a diversity of voices, for accepted contributions outside of academia, authors may request financial support available on a needs-based basis up to 1000 USD.

 

 

To submit a proposal, please fill out the survey in English or French here.


CAIDP Supports EU Campaign to Ban Mass Biometric Surveillance

(Posted: March 3, 2021)

 

In a statement released today, the CAIDP called on Europeans to support a European Citizen Initiative to ban the use of biometrics for mass surveillance. European NGOs, led by EDRi, organized the campaign ReclaimYour Face. They are now seeking one million signatures to encourage the European Commission to propose legislation. In support of the Initiative, CAIDP cited widespread opposition to the use of AI techniques for mass surveillance and growing support across Europe for a prohibition. CAIDP prepared a Special Report on Facial Recognition (February 2021) based on the earlier findings in the report Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values.

 

The CAIDP urges all EU citizens  to sign the petition.


Draft Final US Report from US National Security Commission on AI

(Final: March 1, 2021)

 

The US National Security Commission on AI has published a draft final Report. The CAIDP posted a public statement on February 25, endorsing some of the recommendations in the Report, but also urging the Commission to adopt additional recommendations, based on the CAIDP report Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values. The CAIDP statement cited recent statements on AI by US President Joe Biden and European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen in support of democratic values.

 

Members of the public who are concerned about the draft final US NSCAI report are encouraged to send comments to the General Inquiries email address. Reporters are encouraged to contact the NSCAI at the Press email address.



 

European Commission Launches Consultation on EU Digital Principles

 

The Commission is launching a public consultation on the formulation of a set of principles to promote and uphold EU values in the digital space. The consultation, open until 2 September, seeks to open a wide societal debate and gather views from citizens, non-governmental and civil society organisations, businesses, administrations and all interested parties. These principles will guide the EU and Member States in designing digital rules and regulations that deliver the benefits of digitalisation for all citizens.


US National Science Foundation is Seeking Comments on Proposed National AI Research Resource (posted July 26, 2021)

 

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation released a Request For Information (RFI) to gather public input on the National AI Research Resource (NAIRR) implementation plan.

 

 Last month the OSTP the launch of the Task Force, which is mandated by Congress to study the feasibility of and develop a roadmap to implement a National AI Research Resource. This resource is envisioned as "cyberinfrastructure that would democratize access to an advanced computing ecosystem, data sets and educational tools, and provide user support mechanisms. "

 

"Such a capability would lower the barrier to entry to AI research for communities, institutions, and regions that have been traditionally underserved, and set us on a path to transform our Nation’s ability to leverage AI across fields of science and engineering and economic sectors."

Comments are due September 1, 2021.


AI4Belgium is Seeking Comments on the EU AI Regulation (posted June 18, 2021)

 

AI4Belgium is seeking comments on the draft AI Regulation. The draft was prepared following a 18 May webinar on the AI regulation. The organizers ask commenters to provide either (1) edits for the document or (2)  clear and precise bullet points. "Try to be as constructive as possible; you can give negative feedback, but please also include your vision on how it should change (so that we know how to implement your comment), and try to provide suggestions as regards what the Commission should concretely do according to you."

 

Send comments to jelle.hoedemaekers@agoria.be and nathalie.smuha@kuleuven.be by Friday, 2 July

 

The organizers also write "besides the collective feedback on behalf of AI4Belgium, every person or organisation can also submit individual feedback to the Commission's consultation. If you wish to submit feedback individually, you can do so here. The deadline for submission has been set to August 6."


 

 

 

 

(March 30-April 30, 2021 - Register)

 

The Government of Canada’s Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence Public Awareness Working Group is hosting regional virtual workshops to hear what Canadians think about AI. 

 

These workshops will inform recommendations to the Government of Canada on how to boost public awareness of and foster trust in AI. The conversations will be grounded in an understanding of the technology, its potential uses, and its associated risks.

 

Each workshop is approximately 2.5 hrs in length and free to attend. The goal is to engage more than 1,000 people across Canada, building on the results of a national survey that was conducted in December 2020.

 

Data gathered from these workshops will be included in a final report for the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. The report will be made public in summer 2021. 


Alan. Turing Institute is Seeking Comments on National AI Strategy for the UK (Posted May 30, 2021)

 

Earlier this year the UK AI Council published the AI Roadmap providing strategic advice to the Government on the future direction of artificial intelligence (AI) policy in the UK. Since then, the UK Government has committed to publishing a National AI Strategy.

 

The AI Council, supported by The Alan Turing Institute, is seeking the views of the AI ecosystem (those researching, developing, working with, or using AI technologies).

 

The National AI Strategy will be written by The Office for AI (OAI), the unit responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Government's AI and Data Grand Challenge. The survey forms one part of the wider information gathering work being undertaken by them to help inform the National AI Strategy.

 

Complete the Survey.

 

 


 

Open Application: YouthWise
(Deadline: March 5, 2021)
As part of the Future of Work campaign, the OECD has launched OECD YouthWise, a channel for young people to have their say in the work of the OECD.
If you are between 18 and 30 years old, your country is a members of the OECD, and you have an interest in the policies -- including Artificial Intelligence -- shaping the future of work and learning, apply by 5 March and tell the OECD what matters to you!

Swiss Government Seeks Public Comment on National AI Strategy (ongoing)

 

"The Federal Council invites interested organizations, companies, municipalities and cantons to publish their measures for a digital Switzerland in the action plan."

 

- Enter measure

- Digital Switzerland Strategy


European Commission called on to ban biometric technologies in public spaces (ECI to be posted February 17, 2021)

 

The European Commission has just accepted to register a "European initiative" formulated by European Digital Rights which asks it to ban biometric technologies, including facial recognition, in public places. If, within a year, the initiative garners a million statements of support from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will have six months to react.

 

L'Usine Digitale, Jan. 7, 2021

- ReclaimYourFace campaign



US National Institute of Standards and Technology Seeks Public Comment on AI Bias (Posted: June 24, 2021)

 

NIST is seeking comments on a draft report A Proposal for Identifying and Managing Bias in Artificial Intelligence. NIST said that comments will contribute to  "voluntary, consensus-based standards for managing AI bias."

 

NIST is accepting comments on the document until Sept. 10, 2021. Other NIST related work on AI is available here


US Federal Agencies Seek Views on Financial Institutions' use of artificial intelligence (Posted Mar. 30, 2021)

 

Five US federal financial regulatory agencies are gathering insight on financial institutions' use of artificial intelligence (AI). The agencies seek information from the public on how financial institutions use AI in their activities, including fraud prevention, personalization of customer services, credit underwriting, and other operations.

 

Comments will be accepted for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

 

Federal Register notice: Request for Information and Comment on Financial Institutions’ Use of Artificial Intelligence, including Machine Learning (PDF)

 


Council of Europe AI Expert Panel Seeks Comment on Legal Framework for AI (Posted Mar. 30, 2021)

 

After the adoption of its feasibility study in December 2020, the Council Ad Hoc AI group (CAHAI) is now preparing a legal framework on the design, development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) based on Council of Europe’s standards on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. A consultation has launched to gather the views of a broad range of institutional representatives (not individuals). The aim of the consultation is to help the CAHAI Legal Frameworks Group. The questionnaire is now accessible from the CAHAI website on a dedicated page to the consultation.

 

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Deadline : 29 April 2021 6PM (UTC+1)


International Council of Artificial Intelligence for Colombia

(Deadline: March 30, 2021)

 

"One of the national government's priorities in terms of artificial intelligence is the creation of an international council that advises the national government in formulating policies on the subject of AI and provides information on the latest initiatives, standards and technological developments that are being carried out around the world.

 

"A proposal for the document is presented  comments here for comments.

 

"The deadline for sending comments is March 30, 2021 to the email elenatamayo@presidencia.gov.co."

 


AI Forum, Consumer Product Safety Commission (US) (March 2, 2021 event)

 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff is holding a forum on artificial intelligence (AI), and related technologies, such as Machine Learning (ML). CPSC staff invites interested parties to attend or participate in the AI forum via webinar. The AI forum will take place on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, via webinar. Individuals interested in serving on panels or presenting information at the forum should register by January 15, 2020. All other individuals who wish to attend the forum should register by February 15, 2021.

 

- Federal Register, Dec. 1, 2020


Senator Monreal Seeks Public Comment on Legislative Proposal in Mexico to Promote Internet Access, Limit AI cancellation (posted February 17, 2021)

 

Comment here.

 


FTC proposes deletion of AI models developed from photos  unfairly obtained (comment opportunity to be posted)

 

As part of a proposed settlement with the photo app firm Everalbum,  the US Federal Trade Commission has required the deletion of "any facial recognition models or algorithms developed with Ever users’ photos or videos." The agreement will be subject to public comment for 30 days after publication in the Federal Register after which the Commission will decide whether to make the proposed consent order final.

 

- FTC, California Company Settles FTC Allegations It Deceived Consumers about use of Facial Recognition in Photo Storage App, Jan. 11, 2021


OMB Requires All Federal Agencies to Develop an AI Regulatory Plan by May 2021 (comment opportunity to be posted)

 

The Office of Management and Business requires federal agencies to develop AI regulatory plans, based on the Principles for Trustworthy AI, by May 17, 2021. These plans are to be publicly posted and open for public comments.

 

- OMB Memo, Guidance for Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Systems, Nov. 17, 2020