Publicise use of Artificial Intelligence

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

by dpeddie on May 22, 2021 at 06:20PM

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  • Posted by AdminOGPVH July 28, 2021 at 16:38

    Comment from ensslen: I'm afraid that my association considers the Algorithm Charter to be a great disappointment. See //[…]/NZCCL-Algorithm-Charter-2019.pdf

    We would like to see all government agencies:
    1. Adopt and publish an algorithm governance strategy which exceeds the Aotearoa Algorithm Charter.
    2. Commission and publish annual audits by external auditors for compliance to that strategy.
    3. Maintain and publish a register of Algorithms, including but not limited to:
     a. The entirety of the algorithm as required by s22(1) of the Official Information Act (1982)
     b. An explanation of the algorithm prepared proactively for use in a court of law
     c. The Algorithm Impact Assessment (AIA) report(s), and reports describing any adjustments as a result of the AIA’s.
     d. Ethics evaluations, if any
     e. The designs, including design objectives.
     f. The known limitations, including my not limited to confidence levels, known failure scenarios, and procedural limitations.
     g. Documents detailing the actions taken to identify, document and mitigate against discriminatory or other rights-harming impacts.*
     h. The process which provides meaningful opportunities for the public to review, audit, and assess the algorithm to identify and detect problems.**
    i. The results of external audits of the algorithm
    j. The history of litigation, if any

    * - Section 32, Toronto Declaration //[…]/The-Toronto-Declaration_ENG_08-2018.pdf
    ** - AI Now Institute’s Practical Framework For Public Agency Accountability //
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