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.