Global Index on Responsible Artificial Intelligence
The rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) creates enormous opportunities for greater sustainable development and it has the potential for a disruptive positive impact in almost every aspect of our social and economic lives. However, as AI systems develop and their use expands around the world, there is a need to understand both progress and ongoing challenges for their responsible governance. There is a need to ensure that AI development and use does not create substantial risks to populations already facing discrimination and prejudice such as women, LGBTQI+ communities and ethnic minorities. International cooperation and solidarity are necessary to address concerns about the use of AI for all people everywhere and to adhere to well-defined standards of responsible AI. As principles are being developed for the ethical use and development of AI, tools are needed to track and measure progress with respect to how these principles are being implemented and what gaps remain.
Funded by a partnership between Global Affairs Canada and IDRC, this project will feature two key activities. Firstly, it will produce the first edition of the Global Index on Responsible AI — a comprehensive, reliable, independent and comparative benchmark on the responsible development and use of AI systems in over 120 countries. Secondly, it will establish a Global South-focused small grants program to support capacity, research and practice at the country level that advances responsible rights-based approaches to AI and AI governance. These activities will lead to incentives and evidence-based decisions around investments designed to protect human rights, inform policies and strategies, support greater international collaboration and increase the capacity of actors and governments to shape how AI is used.