March 03, 2020

WASHINGTON — Today, global tech trade association ITI encouraged the Brazilian government to continue to take a global, comprehensive, and thoughtful approach to its strategy on artificial intelligence (AI). In a contribution submitted to the Brazilian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCTIC), ITI advised Brazil to develop its AI policy through collaboration with governments, communities, industry leaders, and other stakeholders from around the world.

“Brazil has a unique opportunity to develop an AI policy that reflects the diversity of Brazil’s economy and the many uses for AI that are already being realized, in addition to those not yet developed,” said Ashley Friedman, Senior Director of Policy at ITI. “By participating in global coalitions with a broad set of stakeholders, Brazil can help drive the adoption of AI while also addressing any potential harms. Doing so will demonstrate Brazil’s leadership in important global conversations about technology and its impact on education, workforce, and rulemaking.”

The tech industry recognizes its role in making sure AI is built and applied for the benefit of everyone. The transverse nature of AI requires that industry work together with governments and society to address the complex issues presented by the technology.

In its comments, ITI offered 11 recommendations, along with relevant examples from use cases around the world, to encourage AI adoption and development and to help support Brazil’s development of its AI strategy:

  1. Develop and leverage strong public-private collaboration;
  2. Embrace a flexible regulatory approach;
  3. Promote innovation and the security of the internet;
  4. Affirm cybersecurity and privacy principles;
  5. Enable connectivity, and promote access and use of technology;
  6. Promote sustained engagement on AI standardization activities;
  7. Facilitate a data sharing environment;
  8. Advance an implementation framework for AI R&D investment;
  9. Advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education;
  10. Support workforce changes; and
  11. Prioritize an effective and balanced liability regime.

Read ITI’s full comments here.