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Malta towards Trustworthy AI, Malta Ethical Framework

CLOSED CONSULTATION  


 

From:
Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation
within the Office of the Prime Minister
​Published on: 20 August 2019
Running till: 6 September 2019
​Last Updated: 9 September 2019
  
1.        Background

Malta aspires to become the Ultimate AI launchpad – a place in which local and foreign companies, and entrepreneurs, can develop, prototype, test and scale AI. The ambition is to create the conditions for AI to springboard from Malta to the world. A necessary condition to achieve this ambition is for Malta to create a regulatory and innovation ecosystem that develops trustworthy AI.

A strong ethical AI framework is a core component of Malta’s AI strategy to ensure that AI development is ethically aligned, transparent and socially responsible. The following chapters of the document outline the proposed ethical AI guiding principles and policy considerations that will form the basis of Malta’s Ethical AI Framework.

The Malta.AI Taskforce and the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister invite members of the public, industry and academia to provide feedback on this consultation document. 


2.        Consultation Questions

The purpose of this public consultation is to seek your feedback on the guiding Ethical AI Principles and Trustworthy AI Requirements set out in this document – the Malta Ethical AI Framework. Your feedback will inform the Taskforce’s recommendations on Malta’s approach to establishing ethical and trustworthy AI.

Questions for consideration: 
    1. Would an AI system designed and operated using the Ethical AI Principles outlined in this document be ethically aligned, transparent and socially responsible? If not, what is missing? 

    2. What other governance and control practices do you feel are necessary to achieve Ethical & Trustworthy AI? 

    3. Are there any other ethical considerations related to AI that should be addressed by the Ethical AI Framework? Note that policy matters such as education awareness and labour impact will be addressed as part of the wider Malta National AI Strategy that is currently being developed.


4.        Submission of input

Submissions were sent in through the following channels:

By email:     fsdei.opm@gov.mt​  or
By post:       Malta.AI
                   
Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation 
                   Office of the Prime Minister
                   Auberge de Castille
                   Valletta   VLT 1061
                   Malta 


Submissions were received by 6 September 2019.

We thank you for your input.
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Press Release: PR191735en​
Issue date: 9 August 2019