On January 23, Singapore released its Model Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governance Framework for public consultation, pilot adoption and feedback.
This Model Framework is the first in Asia to provide detailed and readily implementable guidance to private sector organisations to address key ethical and governance issues when deploying AI solutions.

The Model Framework is also a living document, intended to be agile in evolving with the fast-paced changes in a Digital Economy and expected to continue to develop alongside adoptees use. The release of the Model Framework, was announced by Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, 22-25 January 2019.

The two high-level guiding principles underpinning this Model Framework are to help organisations ensure that:
(1) Decisions made by or with the assistance of AI are explainable, transparent and fair to consumers; and
(2) Their AI solutions are human-centric.

This in turn enhances trust in and understanding of AI, as well as acceptance of how AI related decisions are made for the benefit of users.

The Model Framework builds on the themes first raised in a discussion paper released in June 2018 by Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) and Infocommunications Media Development Authority (IMDA). It maps out the key ethical principles and practices that apply to common AI deployment processes in four areas:

(1) Internal governance structures and measures;
(2) Risk management in autonomous decision-making;
(3) Operations management; and
(4) Customer relationship management

Singapore also announced a collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) to further drive AI and data innovation. The agreement was signed by IMDA, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office, and the World Economic Forum.

IMDA and the WEF will be engaging organisations to discuss the Model Framework in greater detail and facilitate its adoption. Work has already commenced, with closed-door discussions led by the C4IR and IMDA to seek feedback on the Model Framework, as well as to generate and understand use cases and practical examples. The C4IR and IMDA will also develop a measurement matrix for the Model Framework which regulators and certification bodies globally can adopt and adapt for their use in assessing whether organisations are responsibly deploying AI. IMDA and the C4IR will also develop a discussion paper outlining policy options on the facilitation of cross-border data flows under the collaboration.

Source: The Government of Singapore

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