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All Posts | Sep 11,2020

RTI Reply by NITI Aayog on Working Document on Responsible AI: #AIForAll

RTI Reply by NITI Aayog on Working Document on Responsible AI: #AIForAll

On July 30th, NITI Aayog had released a working document titled Towards Responsible #AIForAll”The deadline for submission of comments on this document was initially August 10th which was later extended to August 28th. The draft document states that it was “prepared for an expert consultation held on July 21st, 2020”.

We at SFLC.in had filed an RTI application on August 5th, 2020 with the NITI Aayog seeking details of expert consultation undertaken by it for the purposes of drafting this working document.

The NITI Aayog has replied that the first consultation for the development of the document was during theNational AI Ethics Framework Consultation Workshop held on December 13th, 2019. Another round of consultation was virtually organized on July 21st, 2020. The working document, however, only talks about the second round of consultation on July 21st, 2020. It has not made any mention of the first round of consultations.

The first workshop was facilitated by the Center for Industrial Revolution (C4IR) of the World Economic Forum. The speakers for the event included Sanjay S. Sharma (Accenture), Prof Amit Sethi (IIT Bombay), and Pavan Duggal (Supreme Court).

The second round of consultation was also facilitated by Center for Industrial Revolution (C4IR) of the World Economic Forum. The speakers for the events were John Havens from IEEE and Gary Merchant from the Arizona University.

No other civil society organisations except for ORF and Vidhi Legal were present at the event.

We have attached the reply received to the application filed under the RTI Act below.

To read our comments on the working document, click here.

To read our letter to NITI Aayog requesting them to extend the date of submission for the document, click here.

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All Posts | Aug 04,2020

SFLC.IN writes to NITI Aayog Seeking Extension For The Working Document on “Responsible AI: #AIForAll”

SFLC.IN writes to NITI Aayog Seeking Extension For The Working Document on "Responsible AI: #AIForAll"

The NITI Aayog, on July 29th, had released a draft working document "Towards Responsible #AIForAll". It sought comments on the document by stakeholders by August 10th. 

The consultation process forms the basis of all legislation and policies in the country. The Pre-Legislative Consultative Policy stipulates a 30 day consultation period for all legislations and government policies released by ministries/department. Such important frameworks should only be finalised after detailed consultations with relevant stakeholders and the public at large. As a first step to increase the effectiveness of the consultation, it is important to extend the consultation period at least till August 29th. 

We at SFLC.IN wrote to Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog requesting them to extend the consultation period of the working document, and to provide a reasonable period to all stakeholders to study and analyse the draft and make comments on it.