Thailand & Indonesia 2019
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SOCIAL GOOD
DATES TBC, BanGkok, Thailand
DATES TBC, Jakarta
In collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
For the past year, the International Institute of Communications (IIC) has been running a project looking at the way in which policy makers might understand and address the issues raised by the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as both an economic and societal enabler. Following the publication of a briefing paper, Artificial Intelligence (AI): Why does it matter? What do policy makers in the TMT sector need to think about? the Institute was asked to develop this project further.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) supports its members to leverage technologies including frontier technologies such as AI for pursuing sustainable development and improving the delivery of public services.
The Institute, in collaboration with ESCAP, will hold a workshop in Thailand (date tbc) to develop the key themes further. A second workshop will be held in Indonesia on a date to be confirmed.
The aim is to offer a forum for the exchange of ideas and information – in this case, to enable policy makers to progress a framework that enables the development and use of AI as a positive force while mitigating risks and allaying concerns.
The free events will bring together a range of experts, who will discuss case studies and projected developments, and consider regulatory policies and actions that might be effected in this field. A Manual will be published alongside the Workshop which will act as a reference tool for all involved with these issues, providing examples of the different policy options adopted in countries.
The project will build on and develop work begun by the ESCAP on AI. This has been further advanced with a UN-ESCAP/Google co-publication featuring a series of case studies on public sector use of AI (to be launched in October) and the establishment of a ESCAP/Google/Association of Pacific Rim Universities policy research network on "AI for Social Good”.
Access to data
Building broadband infrastructure
Building online trust and confidence
Investment planning for digitalisation: building skills and human capital
The government’s AI priorities
The role of Artificial Intelligence to drive economic growth and social good