International Efforts towards AI Regulation: EU and G-7 Leaders Make Progress on Legislation and Governance
  • April 30, 2023
  • Thomas Waner
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Global leaders in tech regulation and digital policy are working to establish trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) by adopting risk-based regulations. The Group of Seven advanced nations, including the European Union (EU), Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, have recently reached landmark agreements on AI governance amid growing concerns over privacy, security, and copyright protection.

In an interview with Reuters during the G-7 digital’ meeting in Takasaki, Japan, EU tech regulation chief Margrethe Vestager stated that the EU is likely to reach a political agreement this year, paving the way for the world’s first major AI legislation. This follows the preliminary agreement reached last Thursday on the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act. Vestager suggested legislative measures such as “labelling obligations for AI-generated images.”

While the G-7 ministers recognized that “policy instruments to achieve the common vision and goal of trustworthy AI may vary across G-7 members,” they agreed to preserve an open and enabling environment for the development of AI technologies based on democratic values. The ministers called for risk-based regulation to address the security risks and privacy concerns associated with generative AI tools like ChatGPT, a chatbot developed by Microsoft-backed OpenAI.

Governments worldwide have focused on the popularity of generative AI tools, particularly ChatGPT, which has become the fastest-growing app in history since its launch in November. Italy, a G-7 member, took ChatGPT offline last month to investigate its potential breach of personal data rules. While Italy lifted the ban on Friday, the move has inspired fellow European privacy regulators to launch probes. EU lawmakers reached a preliminary agreement on a new draft of the upcoming AI Act, including copyright protection measures for generative AI, following a call for world leaders to convene a summit to control such technology.

According to Vestager, the EU will have a political agreement this year on the AI legislation, such as labelling obligations for AI-generated images or music, to address copyright and educational risks.

As Japan chairs this year’s G-7 summit, it has taken a supportive stance towards AI developers, announcing its intention to encourage the public and industrial adoption of AI. Japan’s industry minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura, hopes that G-7 members will adopt an agile or flexible approach to AI governance, rather than relying on catch-all regulation.

French Minister for Digital Transition Jean-Noel Barrot told Reuters that “pausing (AI development) is not the right response,” adding that innovation should continue but within guardrails that democracies need to set. The G-7 recognized security risks associated with generative AI and stated that it can produce fake news and disruptive solutions if based on false data.

Global leaders are taking significant steps to establish trustworthy AI by adopting risk-based regulations that balance innovation and governance. The world’s first major AI legislation is expected to be passed in the EU this year, with other countries following suit. The G-7’s commitment to preserving an open and enabling environment for AI development based on democratic values is crucial to ensure that AI benefits society while addressing security risks and privacy concerns.

Thomas Waner

A writer interested in artificial intelligence fields with good experience in programming. He is currently working for us as a writer, manager, and reviewer, with a strong CV.
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