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Artificial Intelligence Governance and Ethics Initiatives

last updated 04 June 2018

As Singapore develops its digital economy, a trusted ecosystem is key, where industries can benefit from innovations in technology while consumer confidence and understanding can be assured. It is thus timely to proactively discuss and address ethical issues that may arise from the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data, as new business models and innovations rapidly develop in the emergent AI space.

SINGAPORE – 5 June 2018: In order to drive awareness of the benefits and understand the challenges of AI (such as on ethics1 and legal issues), IMDA is engaging key stakeholders including government, industry, consumers and academia to collaboratively shape IMDA’s plans for the AI ecosystem. Such discourse will inform IMDA’s ongoing plans to support Singapore as a hub for AI development and innovation, and help Singapore to effectively respond to global developments.

IMDA will engage relevant stakeholders through three new structured, interlinked initiatives:

  1. An Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of AI and Data;
  2. A discussion paper released by PDPC on responsible development and adoption of AI, which will be used by the Council to frame its deliberations; and
  3. A Research Programme on the Governance of AI and Data Use to advance and inform scholarly research on AI governance issues.

These initiatives complement IMDA’s current suite of business and talent programmes todevelop a vibrant AI ecosystem and position Singapore as a leading hub for AI.


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1Ethics encompasses issues surrounding fairness, transparency and the ability to explain an AI’s decision


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About Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) leads Singapore’s digital transformation with infocomm media. To do this, IMDA will develop a dynamic digital economy and a cohesive digital society, driven by an exceptional infocomm media (ICM) ecosystem – by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICM infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment, and enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission. For more news and information, visit www.imda.gov.sg or follow IMDA on Facebook IMDAsg and Twitter @IMDAsg.


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Deputy Director, Communications and Marketing, IMDA
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