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FICCI Round-table on AI and ethics: Accountability, fairness, and non-discrimination

“[The] State should not stop anyone from doing anything until and unless there is tangible harm. For instance, political parties generate most fake news in India. There’s no will to correct it. Therefore, we have the fake news problem. It [fake news] is not a technical problem," said a participant at FICCI's roundtable discussion on “Responsible AI and Framework”. Before the discussion, Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework, a book by International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) was launched by Kavita Bhatia, as part of MeitY’s Digital Payment Division, in India. The book gives 8 discussion principles (8 principles and policy framework are available below) for the “responsible development, deployment, and use of artificial intelligence”. Nikhil Narendran, partner at Trilegal, and Smriti Parsheera, policy researcher at NIPFP - who are chapter leads of the Accountability chapter, and Fairness and Non-Discrimination chapter respectively - introduced key concepts of the book and sought feedback from the participants. The first draft is now open for public consultation and comments are invited till September 15, 2019. Narendran explained that after this round of public consultation, the second edition will be released in mid-2020. He told MediaNama that this book has been envisioned as a “living document” that will be continually updated to meet the demands of the society. Bhatia briefed the participants about how the government was thinking about emerging technology. She focused on the government’s aim to convert India into a “knowledge-based economy”. She mentioned the 4 committees, constituting industry and academia, that the…

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