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ASEAN Drafting AI Guide

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Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are now drafting the ASEAN Guide on AI Governance and Ethics, which is expected to be released in early 2024.

Singapore, the 2024 rotating chair of the ASEAN Digital Ministers Meeting, is leading discussions on the guidelines.

Elina Noor, a senior fellow for the Asia Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said ASEAN governments primarily view AI through a “pragmatic, utilitarian lens.” ASEAN treats this emerging technology as a means to boost the economy and improve public services, Noor says.

Noor noted ASEAN’s diversity and that differences in technical, policy, and legal capacities and capabilities in different countries need to be considered when setting standards on AI.

“National and regional approaches in ASEAN have tended to favor adapting conventional frameworks, concepts, and terminology – many of which emerge from specific contexts in the global north – and localizing them where relevant,” she adds.

According to Noor, it is important for ASEAN to set rules and ethics on AI as it will help the region chart its digital future based on each member state’s national aspirations.

Read the whole article HERE.

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