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The role of government as a provider of data for AI

Governments are uniquely placed not only to create the policy environment in which others share data for the development of AI, but also to be a provider of data themselves. The data assets stewarded by governments – both at a national and multinational level – are unique and authoritative. Data assets in public hands include administrative data, health records in countries with national health systems, census information, statute and case law, statutory registers, and data collected by regulators. Because of the reach, power and scale of the state, they can be comprehensive (or close to it), accurate, timely, and sustainable due to their public funding.

This project aims to support governments to make decisions about whether and how to share data they steward with AI developers.

Unlocking the potential: Government data in AI development

 Request for Proposal (20 February 2024)

Delve into the crucial role of governments in AI innovation through responsible data stewardship. This Request for Proposal (RFP) invites contributions to the GPAI's Data Governance Working Group, aiming to deliver impactful insights by November 2024. Governments, uniquely positioned as providers of authoritative data, face challenges in making the best use of publicly held data to foster AI innovation and development that’s grounded in principles of human rights, inclusion, diversity and citizen privacy.

GPAI, a beacon for international collaboration in AI development, seeks research initiatives to help address these challenges, collate global use cases, and propose mechanisms for safe, legal, and ethical data sharing.

This project aims to build on the outcomes of the work completed in 2023 by implementing and testing its recommended shared principles, ideally in partnership with a governmental organisation, in the areas of healthcare, energy, and/or benefits data.