GPAI’s Responsible AI Working Group work in 2021

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Launched in 2020, the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) is an international and multistakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of artificial intelligence consistent with human rights, fundamental freedoms, and shared democratic values, as reflected in the OECD Recommendation on AI.

We are co-chairing the Responsible AI Working Group (RAI WG) which supports GPAI’s work through our mission to “foster and contribute to the responsible development, governance, and use of human-centred AI systems, while seeking to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals“.

Since we presented the RAI WG last year, our working group has met regularly to discuss of our priorities and to develop activities reflecting our mission. As part of GPAI’s 2021 work, the RAI WG has prioritized the following two projects:

1. Project “A Responsible AI strategy for the environment

This project is led by:

  • Nicolas Miailhe, Co-Founder and President of The Future Society
  • Raja Chatila, Professor Emeritus, Sorbonne University

The overall objective of this project is to develop a global responsible AI adoption strategy for climate action and biodiversity preservation. The goal is to empower the public and private sectors to more easily identify areas for investments that can contribute to climate action and to the preservation of biodiversity.

Note: A consultancy opportunity is currently open for this project for the development of an action-oriented roadmap on the intersections between responsible AI and climate action.

Please refer to the Call for Proposal for more information. Proposals must be submitted before Midnight AoE, JUNE 18, 2021.

2. Project “Responsible AI for social media governance

This project is led by:

  • Alistair Knott, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Otago
  • Dino Pedreschi, Professor of Computer Science, University of Pisa
  • Kate Hannah, Research Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Auckland, and Deputy Director of Equity and Diversity, Te Pūnaha Matatini, University of Auckland
  • Roger Taylor, Chair, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI)

The objective of this project is to identify a set of guidelines and techniques that governments could adopt to safely ask a set of agreed questions and measurements about the effects of Social Media recommender systems without infringing peoples’ rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and fair democratic processes, and without infringing companies’ intellectual property.

If you have further questions, comments, ideas or requests about the Responsible AI Working Group’s future work, then please get in touch with GPAI’s Montreal Centre of Expertise via

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