Government agencies publish details of their activities in collecting data from or about New Zealanders and explain why they collect it and how they review and manipulate and store it. The use of Artificial Intellignce is growing and we have an Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand" which recognies this. Howvere not all agenceis who are authorised to collect data on people have signed up to this. The Charter provides guidelines but does not mandate any committment to open government.
Why the contribution is important
Over the past decade, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as the software engine
that drives the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a technological force affecting all
disciplines, economies and industries.
AI-powered services are already being applied to create more personalized shopping
experiences, drive productivity and increase farming efficiency.
In the future, they will enable the rise of self-driving cars and the large-scale access
to precision medicine with appropriate data governance.
AI systems have been able to do so thanks to the exponential growth of human and
machine generated data leveraged by powerful machine learning algorithms, whose
performance on a given task increases with labelled data.
This recent progress is remarkable in important respects, but also creates unique
challenges. Without proper oversight, AI may replicate or even exacerbate human bias
and discrimination, cause potential job displacement and lead to other
unintended consequences. This is problematic when AI is deployed in high-stakes
domains such as criminal justice, healthcare, or employment.
Government officials throughout the world are increasingly aware of both the
opportunities and risks associated with AI and urged to act as AI’s
influence over society increases at a fast pace. They
also acknowledge that some form of AI regulation is needed, with AI systems used by
governments an early focus, given the duty of care owed to citizens, particularly as
governments make decisions supported by AI
Source Reimagining Regulation for the Age of AI: New Zealand Pilot Project
World Economic Forum