Will COVID-19 Prompt Global Ethical AI Standardization?

Will COVID-19 Prompt Global Ethical AI Standardization?
2020-06-24 KKI1
Analysis by Anna Juhos

The use of high-tech has undeniably become the latest measure of relevance in the international community. The COVID-19 crisis has prompted many countries to experiment with Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems more widely in order to bring the situation under control. As the main trendsetters for tech regulation and experimentation, the EU, the US, and China have shown us examples of both best practices and less successful scenarios, raising questions in terms of the ethical use of the latest technologies, data privacy, and fundamental rights. In an endeavor to assess the current state of affairs and ethical use in the digital realm, this analysis raises awareness of both government practices and discrepancies between private and public sector approaches. Given the tremendous opportunities AI can provide for all societies, this analysis calls for a more active role of the international community by setting the red lines and developing a clear and detailed ethical regulatory and sanctioning framework.

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