Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values

Press Release


Monday, 21 February 2022

 09.00 EST / 15.00 CET


Updated Index Ranks AI Policies and Practices in 50 Countries


Canada, Germany, Italy, and Korea Rank at Top, 

US Makes Progress as Concerns about China Remain




- UNESCO AI Recommendation banned social scoring and mass surveillance

- EU Introduced comprehensive, risk-based framework

- Council of Europe makes progress on AI convention

- Continued progress on implementation of OECD Principles, first AI policy framework

- G7 leaders endorsed algorithmic transparency to combat AI bias

- US opens-up policy process, embraces “democratic values”

- EU and US move toward alignment on AI policy

- AI regulation in China leaves open questions about independent oversight

- UN fails to reach agreement on lethal autonomous weapons

- Growing global battle over deployment of facial recognition looms ahead 




In 2020, the Center for AI and Digital Policy published the first worldwide assessment of AI policies and practices. Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values rated and ranked 30 countries, based on a rigorous methodology and 12 metrics established to assess alignment with democratic values.


The 2021 Report expands the global coverage from 30 countries to 50 countries, acknowledges the significance of the UNESCO Recommendation on AI ethics, and reviews earlier country ratings. The 2021 report is the result of the work of more than 100 AI policy experts in almost 40 countries.

AI Index - Country Ratings

CAIDP AI Index - Score on Metrics

Panel Discussion

Panel discussion with Merve Hickok, Marc Rotenberg, Fanny Hidvegi, Karine Caunes,  Eduardo Bertoni,  Jibu Elias, Stuart Russell, and Vice President of the European Parliament Eva Kaili. CAIDP, 21 Feb. 21 2022.

Report release -



Monday, 21 February 2022

10.00 EST / 16.00 CET to 11.00 EST / 17.00 CET



  • Karine Caunes, CAIDP Global Program Director

Keynote Remarks

  • Eva Kaili, Vice President European Parliament

Report Presentation

  • Merve Hickok, CAIDP Research Director

Panel Discussion

  • Professor Eduardo Bertoni, Inter American Institute of Human Rights
  • Jibu Elias, National AI Portal of India
  • Fanny Hidvegi, Access Now, European Policy Manager
  • Professor Stuart Russell, University of California Berkeley

Closing Remarks

  • Marc Rotenberg, CAIDP President


AI Index - 2021 v. 2020

CAIDP AI Index - Country Ratings by Tier

CAIDP AI Index - Country Ratings 2021 v. 2020

The Report



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Digital Bridge (Feb. 25, 2022)


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