Singapore’s Model Artificial Intelligence Governance Framework
Singapore introduced its Model Artificial Intelligence Governance Framework in January 2019 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos and made important updates a year later at the same event. The two guiding principles of the framework state that decisions made by AI should be “explainable, transparent and fair”; and AI systems should be human-centric (i.e. the design and deployment of AI should protect people’s interests including their safety and wellbeing).
These core principles are then developed into four areas of guidance. The first is establishing or adapting internal governance structures and measures to “incorporate values, risks, and responsibilities relating to algorithmic decision-making”. The second determines the level of human involvement in AI decision-making and helps organisations decide what their risk appetite is. For example, the model includes a “probability-severity of harm” matrix.
The third area of guidance focuses on operations management and deals with factors that should be considered when “developing, selecting and maintaining AI models, including data management”. The final area shares strategies for communicating with stakeholders and management on the use of AI solutions.
The framework translates ethical principles into pragmatic measures that businesses can adopt voluntarily, according to Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, S Iswaran. Organisations have a ready-to-use tool to help deploy AI in a responsible manner, he adds. read more