AI Policy – Italy

Italy has an AI Task Force, launched September 2017 by the Agency for Digital Italy (AGID).  The task force includes 30 direct members and around 450 community members from many sectors. The goals of the Task Force include analyzing the use of AI in public administration to enhance the quality of services offered to citizens, defining the potential of AI services and applications, and exploring the ethical and social implications of the use of AI. One initiative of the AI Task Force is the Observatory on Artificial Intelligence, which aims to analyse AI-related public conversations on social networks through technology.

In March 2018, AGID released a White Paper called “AI at the service of citizens,” which was edited by the AI Task Force. The paper was the result of a consultation with about a hundred public and private subjects who work with AI in various capacities in Italy. The paper includes recommendations about how to develop better public services with the use of AI that could help eliminate inequalities and measure impact. The paper also describes ethical, legal, technological, and cultural challenges.

Italy is also coordinating the Thematic Group on Emerging Technologies (AI & Blockchain) of the OECD Working Party of Senior Digital Government Officials.

 

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