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.
KSA Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) Seeks Public Comment on “Digital Content Platform Regulations Document” (Nov. 11, 2021)
According to the Commission, "The initiative is aimed to regulate, govern, activate, and motivate digital content platforms to expand and grow. In addition to engage the private sector, empower entrepreneurs as well as attract investments and protect users of digital content platforms."
"The commission calls on interested parties from the Kingdom and abroad as well as the public to submit their views on the consultations document before November 30, 2021. The Digital Content Council and CITC value the importance of engaging interested parties, investors and entrepreneurs in regulations drafting process. "
Views/comments can be submitted by email to (DCP_REG@citc.gov.sa)
EEOC Launches Initiative on Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Fairness (Oct. 28, 2021)
Agency Will Focus on Ways to Help Ensure That Tech Tools Used in Employment Decisions Comply with Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is launching an initiative to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging tools used in hiring and other employment decisions comply with federal civil rights laws that the agency enforces.
“Artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision-making tools have great potential to improve our lives, including in the area of employment,” EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows said. “At the same time, the EEOC is keenly aware that these tools may mask and perpetuate bias or create new discriminatory barriers to jobs. We must work to ensure that these new technologies do not become a high-tech pathway to discrimination.”
According to the OECD, the initiative will examine more closely how technology is fundamentally changing the way employment decisions are made. It aims to guide applicants, employees, employers, and technology vendors in ensuring that these technologies are used fairly, consistent with federal equal employment opportunity laws.
European Commission: Civil liability – adapting liability rules to the digital age and artificial intelligence (Oct. 20, 2021)
"Investment in and societal acceptance of emerging technologies require legal certainty and trust. Current rules on products ensure that producers compensate consumers for damage caused by defective products.
"This initiative proposes to adapt this framework to take account of developments linked to the move towards a circular and digital economy on liability for damage caused by new and refurbished products. The initiative will also address challenges brought about by artificial intelligence.
"This public consultation is open. Your input will be taken into account as we further develop and fine-tune this initiative. We will summarise the input we receive in a synopsis report, explaining how we have taken it into account. Feedback received will be published on this site and therefore must adhere to the feedback rules."
18 October 2021 - 10 January 2022 (midnight Brussels time)
Request for Information (RFI) on Public and Private Sector Uses of Biometric Technologies (Oct. 8, 2021)
"The purpose of this RFI is to understand the extent and variety of biometric technologies used for the recognition of individuals and the inference of cognitive or emotional states.
"The US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) invites input from any interested stakeholders, including industry and industry association groups; civil society and advocacy groups; federal agencies and state, local, and tribal governments; academic researchers; technical practitioners specializing in AI and biometrics; and the general public. OSTP especially encourages submissions from parties developing biometric technologies, parties acquiring and using such technologies, and communities impacted by their use."
Comments are being accepted until 5PM ET on January 15, 2022.
Further information here.
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.
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:
The committee invites interested individuals to submit written evidence by 5 September 2021.
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.
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
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 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.
US Announces Events to Engage the Public in Policymaking about AI and Equity (Nov. 10, 2021)
According to the White House, there are several ways for the public to join this mission and share their perspectives:
OSTP has also scheduled two public listening sessions on AI-enabled biometric technologies; and, Six public events that will bring together stakeholders to discuss the risks and benefits artificial intelligence holds for democratic participation.
CAIDP has already made specific recommendations for the OSTP Initiative:
Kisselburgh and Rotenberg, Next Steps on the U.S. AI Bill of Rights, The Washington Spectator (Nov. 2, 2021)
Public consultation on "reforms" to the UK’s data protection regime (Posted: Oct. 13, 2021)
The UK government is "launching a consultation on reforms to create an ambitious, pro-growth and innovation-friendly data protection regime that underpins the trustworthy use of data." The controversial initiative raises questions about the future of data protection in the UK (including Article 22 of the GDPR) and also whether UK firms could obtain the personal data of those in jurisdictions with strong safeguards.
Comments on the proposal to Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport by 19 November 2021.
Ways to respond
Canada's Privacy Agencies Seeks Public Comment on Police Use of Facial Recognition (Posted: Oct. 7, 2021)
"Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial privacy protection authorities have jointly developed guidance for police agencies to clarify their privacy obligations with respect to their use of facial recognition (FR) technology, with a view to ensuring any use of FR complies with the law, minimizes privacy risks, and respects privacy rights. This guidance is meant for federal, provincial, regional and municipal police agencies. "
Further details here.
Submissions may be sent via email to OPC-CPVPconsult1@priv.gc.ca until October 15, 2021.
Notice of the Chinese State Information Office on the "Regulations on the Management of Recommendations of Internet Information Service Algorithms" - Request for Public Comment (Sept. 21, 2021)
In order to standardize Internet information service algorithm recommendation activities, safeguard national security and social public interests, protect the legitimate rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations, and promote the healthy development of Internet information services, the Office drafted the "Internet Information Service Algorithm Recommendation Management Regulations (for comments) Draft)", now soliciting opinions from the public. The public can provide feedback through the following channels and methods:
1. Log on to the Chinese Government Legal Information Network of the Ministry of Justice of the People's Republic of China (www.moj.gov.cn, www.chinalaw.gov.cn) and enter the "Legacy Opinion Collection" column of the main menu on the home page to submit opinions.
2. Send your opinions via email to: email@example.com.
3. Send your opinions by letter to: Network Rule of Law Bureau, National Internet Information Office, No. 11 Chegongzhuang Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, zip code: 100044, and please indicate the words "Soliciting Comments on Internet Information Service Algorithm Recommendation Management Regulations" on the envelope.
"The deadline for comments is September 26, 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com 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."
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.
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
EU-US Trade and Technology Council: Commission launches consultation platform for stakeholder's involvement to shape transatlantic cooperation (Oct. 18, 2021)
"Today, the Commission launched an online consultation platform on the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC), allowing stakeholders to share their views and provide common proposals on the work ahead.
"Following their first meeting in Pittsburgh last month, representatives of the European Union and the United States agreed on the importance of and commitment to consulting closely with diverse stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic on their coordinated approaches to key global technology, economic, and trade issues. It is in this context that the Commission has set up a one-stop-shop on its online “Futurium” platform, to collect input from all interested parties relating to the TTC."
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org."
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)
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.
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