‘AI in the public sector: can procurement promote trustworthy AI and avoid commercial capture?’ | Free in-person public lecture

4 July 2023 2pm BST, Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol
Organised by University of Bristol Law School, Centre for Global Law and Innovation

The public sector is quickly adopting artificial intelligence (AI) to manage its interactions with citizens and in the provision of public services – for example, using chatbots in official websites, automated processes and call-centres, or predictive algorithms.

There are inherent high stakes risks to this process of public governance digitalisation, such as bias and discrimination, unethical deployment, data and privacy risks, cyber security risks, or risks of technological debt and dependency on proprietary solutions developed by (big) tech companies.

However, as part of the UK Government’s ‘light touch’ ‘pro-innovation’ approach to digital technology regulation, the adoption of AI in the public sector remains largely unregulated. 

In this public lecture, I will present the findings of my research funded by the British Academy, analysing how, in this deregulatory context, the existing rules on public procurement fall short of protecting the public interest.

An alternative approach is required to create mechanisms of external independent oversight and mandatory standards to embed trustworthy AI requirements and to mitigate against commercial capture in the acquisition of AI solutions. 

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-procurement-promote-trustworthy-ai-and-avoid-commercial-capture-tickets-601212712407.

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