SGTech Contributes to ASOCIO’s Policy Guidance Paper on Artificial Intelligence


As with any major change that has technology at its centre, the proliferation and success of the changes that Artificial Intelligence enables are critically dependent on customers, citizens and society broadly having and maintaining trust and confidence in the processes and outcomes produced by the technology.

The Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) outlined the above in its policy guidance paper released in Q2 2020, titled “ASOCIO’s Policy Guidance on Artificial Intelligence: Preserving Trust and Confidence in Artificial Intelligence to Promote Economic Growth and Social Development in Asian-Oceanian Region”.  You may wish to read the Policy Guidance on Artificial Intelligence here

Following the release of its first policy guidance paper in Nov 2019, titled “ASOCIO’s Policy Guidance on Data Privacy: Preserving Privacy while Enhancing Access to Personal Data with Greater Trust in Asian-Oceanian Region”, the ASOCIO Policy Task Force kept up the momentum to develop this second paper.

SGTech is a member of the ASOCIO Policy Task Force. As advocacy for our members is one of SGTech’s key focus areas, the objective of the Policy Task Force is aligned with this focus. 

Profound Impacts from AI Technologies on Businesses, Economies and Society


Artificial Intelligence technologies are central to the emergence of “Industry 4.0 / Society 5.0” -- wherein industry and society are digitised to the extent that machines intelligently augment human capability in many areas including primary production, manufacturing and services (private and public).

The impact of this on businesses, economies and society will be profound, whether measured in GDP growth, health, education and social welfare outcomes, or in changing patterns of information exchange, learning and global development, and in transformational changes beyond our experiences.

National AI Strategies are Crucial to Capture Benefits of AI for Nations within the Regional and Global Context

Capturing and securing the benefits of AI will not happen by accident. National AI strategies, addressing not just use, but participation in the development and implementation cycles are crucial and must be developed transparently, and with active, open consultations with all national stakeholders including the local technology sector.

National AI strategies and policies must also reflect the regional and global context to avoid
creating trade barriers, investment uncertainty, weakening of privacy, and unintended consequences.


Trust and Confidence in Processes and Outcomes of AI


As with any major change that has technology at its centre, the proliferation and success of the changes that Artificial Intelligence enables are critically dependent on customers, citizens and society broadly having and maintaining trust and confidence in the processes and outcomes produced by the technology.
ASOCIO underscores the importance of five now well-established principles by which trust and confidence in AI technologies can be promoted:
  1. Openness, transparency and explainability.
  2. Reliability and safety
  3. Privacy and security
  4. Inclusiveness
  5. Accountability
 
These principles need to be understood and applied by AI developers and policymakers alike; in applying these principles, the well-being and enhancement of all citizens and consumers should be at the forefront of design, development and deployment.
 

Feedback welcome

We welcome ideas and feedback from SGTech members on this policy guidance paper. Please drop us a note at marketing@sgtech.org.sg.



Read about ASOCIO’s first policy guidance paper on Data Privacy.

About ASOCIO
The Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) is an ICT federation organised by ICT associations representing 24 economies throughout the Asia Pacific. Collectively, ASOCIO member associations cover more than 10,000 ICT companies in the region. 

The economies represented by ASOCIO member associations are Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Published Aug 2020