Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values

Press Release


Thursday, 4 April 2024

 09.00 EST / 15.00 CET


Updated AI Index Ranks Policies and Practices in 80 Countries - Canada, Japan, Korea, and Colombia, Slovenia and the Netherlands Rank at Top,



  • Generative AI Released, AI Governance Moves to Center Stage 
  • EU AI Act Finalized, Comprehensive Regulation for Governance of AI Adopted
  • International AI Treaty Approached Finish Line though Controversy Remains
  • African Union Proposes Continental Strategy for AI Deployment
  • Implementation of UNESCO Recommendation on AI Ethics Moves Forward 
  • US Sets out AI Regulations for Public Agencies, Joins International Initiatives
  • Concerns about LAWS on the Rise with Regional Conflicts
  • China adopts legislative package on AI, launches Global AI Initiative


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


The 2021 AI Index 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.


The 2022 AI Index assesses the policies of 75 countries. The metrics have been updated to take into consideration the implementation of the 2021 UNESCO Recommendation on AI Ethics as well as the 2022 Global Privacy Assembly Resolution on Facial Recognition. Country reports headings have been harmonized to ease reference and comparative analysis. Relevant regional frameworks have been systematically taken into account in the country reports. The 2022 report is the result of the work of more than 200 AI policy experts in almost 60 countries.


The 2023 AI Index covers 80 countries and reviews earlier country reports and ratings. The metrics have been updated to bring more granularity in the assessment of the implementation of the 2021 UNESCO Recommendation on AI Ethics and to include the 2023 Global Privacy Assembly Resolution on Generative AI. The 2023 report is the result of the work of more than 500 AI policy experts in almost 90 countries.

AI Index - Country Ratings

Panel Discussion

The 2023 AI and Democratic Values Index,

Moderator: Dr. Karine Caunes, AIDV Editor-in-chief and CAIDP Global Program Director


Ayca Ariyoruk, CAIDP Research Fellow

Prof. Joanna Bryson, Professor of Ethics and Technology, The Hertie School of Governance

Darren Grayson Chng, Regional Data Protection Director, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Singapore (CAIDP '22)

Armando Guio Espanol, Research Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University

Prof. Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem, University of Pretoria; Member, UN AI Advisory Body

Nidhi Sinha, CAIDP Research Fellow

Grace Thomson, CAIDP Teaching Fellow

AI Index - Comparison

The Report


[Maps, based on the country evaluations for individual metrics,  are available here.]


“The CAIDP 2024 Report continues its tradition of excellence in providing essential insights into the global relationship among democratic values, ethics  and the accelerated pace of AI innovation and development.  It is an essential tool to understand the nature of AI and its relationship to the public good. At UNESCO, with our global standard on the ethics of AI, we are proud to partner with CAIDP to achieve a technological transition that is fair and sustainable”


Assistant Director General Gabriela Ramos, UNESCO , Social and Human Sciences Sector

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