AI in the Public Sector: New Government Guidance

AI in the Public Sector: New Government Guidance

The continual increase of the use of AI in the public sector has prompted the UK government to publish a new guide entitled ‘Using artificial intelligence in the public sector'. Led by the Office for Artificial Intelligence (OAI) and the Government Digital Service (GDS), the initiative has also been contributed to by the public policy programme of the Alan Turing Institute.

The new guide explains how the 'significant' potential uses for public-sector AI  must be balanced with consi­dera­tions of fairness, safety and ethics. It also states that many organisations within the public sector are already using AI successfully for a wide range of tasks, from the detection of fraud to answering of customer queries.

One of the most ground­bre­aking parts of the publication is written by Dr David Leslie, Ethics Fellow in the Turing’s public policy programme. This section, entitled ‘Under­standing artificial intelligence ethics and safety’, is the most compre­hen­sive, up-to-date guidance on this topic yet produced; it identifies the potential harm that can be caused by AI systems and proposes measures to counteract it.

Dr Leslie said, “There is no better or more important part of society to lead the charge in the UK’s pacesetting role as a global leader in responsible AI innovation than the public sector. Our talented and dedicated Civil Service colleagues will be able to do a tremendous amount of social good if they approach the design and imple­men­ta­tion of AI systems by making the realisation of ethical purpose and the pursuit of responsible practices of discovery a first priority.

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