AIGA Pushing for Frameworks to Ensure Responsible AI Development

The AI Governance Alliance (AIGA) has released three reports on advanced artificial intelligence (AI), specifically focusing on generative AI governance, unlocking its value, and establishing a framework for responsible AI development and deployment.

The alliance brings together governments, businesses and experts to shape responsible AI development applications and governance, and to ensure equitable distribution and enhanced access to this path-departing technology worldwide.

“The AI Governance Alliance is uniquely positioned to play a crucial role in furthering greater access to AI-related resources, thereby contributing to a more equitable and responsible AI ecosystem globally,” said Cathy Li, head, AI, data and metaverse at the World Economic Forum. “We must collaborate among governments, the private sector and local communities to ensure the future of AI benefits all.”

AIGA is calling upon experts from various sectors to address several key areas. This includes improving data quality and availability across nations, boosting access to computational resources, and adapting foundation models to suit local needs and challenges. There is also a strong emphasis on education and the development of local expertise to create and navigate local AI ecosystems effectively. In line with these goals, there is a need to establish new institutional frameworks and public-private partnerships along with implementing multilateral controls to aid and enhance these efforts.

While AI holds the potential to address global challenges, it also poses risks of widening existing digital divides or creating new ones. These and other topics are explored in a new briefing paper series, released today and crafted by AIGA’s three core workstreams, in collaboration with IBM Consulting and Accenture. As AI technology evolves at a rapid pace and developed nations race to capitalize on AI innovation, the urgency to address the digital divide is critical to ensure that billions of people in developing countries are not left behind.

On international cooperation and inclusive access in AI development and deployment, “Generative AI Governance: Shaping Our Collective Global Future” – from the “Resilient Governance and Regulation” track – evaluates national approaches, addresses key debates on generative AI, and advocates for international coordination and standards to prevent fragmentation.

“Unlocking Value from Generative AI: Guidance for Responsible Transformation” – from the “Responsible Applications and Transformation” track – provides guidance on the responsible adoption of generative AI, emphasizing use case-based evaluation, multistakeholder governance, transparent communication, operational structures, and value-based change management for scalable and responsible integration into organizations.

In addition, for optimized AI development and deployment, a new “Presidio AI Framework: Towards Safe Generative AI Models” – from the “Safe Systems and Technologies” track – addresses the need for standardized perspectives on the model lifecycle by creating a framework for shared responsibility and proactive risk management.

“As we witness the rapid evolution of artificial Intelligence globally, the UAE stands committed to fostering an inclusive AI environment, both within our nation and throughout the world,” said H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama, the UAE’s minister of state for artificial Intelligence, digital economy, and remote work applications.

“Our collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s AI Governance Alliance is instrumental in making AI benefits universally accessible, ensuring no community is left behind. We are dedicated to developing a comprehensive and forward-thinking AI and digital economy roadmap, not just for the UAE but for the global good. This roadmap is a testament to our belief in AI as a tool for universal progress and equality, and it embodies our commitment to a future where technology serves humanity in its entirety.”

Paula Ingabire, Rwanda’s minister of ICT and Innovation, added that her nation’s participation in the alliance “aims to ensure Rwanda and the region do not play catch up in shaping the future of AI governance and accessibility.” For her, the event’s “primary goal will be to align African countries on common risks, barriers, and opportunities and, ultimately, devise a unified strategy for AI in Africa.”

From the private sector, IBM Vice Chairman Gary Cohn stressed that his firm and others in the industry support the efforts of WEF and nations to push for proper safeguards surrounding AI development.

“IBM continues to drive responsible AI and governance,” he said. “We all have an obligation to collaborate globally across corporations, governments and civil society to create ethical guardrails and policy frameworks that will inform how generative AI is designed and deployed. IBM is proud to work with the Forum’s AI Governance Alliance as the knowledge partner for this paper series.”

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