This article was published by The Future Society in Policy Research, The AI Initiative on April 30, 2020

Review of AI Governance in 2019

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The Future Society’s Nicolas Miailhe, Cyrus Hodes and Jessica Cussins joined 47 experts to review the state of AI governance in 2019 with SISS.

Policy ResearchThe AI Initiative
April 30, 2020
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The Future Society contributed to the report “AI Governance in 2019 – A Year in Review” edited by the Shanghai Institute for Science of Science (SISS). As AI and its impact on society is receiving greater and greater media coverage, this report aims to separate the signal of the noise. We and 47 other experts have collaborated to produce this review of the main development in the field of AI Governance in 2019 and of what to expect for 2020. 


The report can be downloaded from this website.

The Future Society’s President and Co-founder Nicolas Miailhe described the transition of the debate from Principles to Practice, the key role played by the OECD’s AI Principles. In 2019, we shifted from just asking “what is” or “what should be” towards “how to get there”. This is true not only in policy debates but also on the ground among practitioners, with the development of many independent and government-backed auditing and certification schemes.

Cyrus Hodes, Chair of our AI Initiative, emphasized how this year was marked by the realisation by the international community that governance will be necessary. This is best embodied by development of the OECD AI Policy Observatory all along 2019 and launched at the beginning of this year. 

Our Research Advisor Jessica Cussins wrote in greater depth about the impact of the OECD AI Policy Observatory and the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and GPAI. She also highlighted the unique multilateral support garnered by the OECD AI Principles, in an era where multilateralism is questioned by powerful players.