UNESCO and Nokia to co-chair new AI Working Group on AI Capacity Building

12. 12. 2021 Sunday / By: Robert Denes / Reviews / Exact time: BST / Print this page

A rtificial Intelligence (AI) applications expand the opportunities to achieve sustainable development goals. However, the benefits and risks of AI technology are not evenly distributed around the world.

The division of human and institutional capacities for artificial intelligence and digital transformation is accelerating. Many governments around the world are implementing digital transformation programs to strengthen the engagement of public services and citizens through online platforms and technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Civil servants play an important role in the digital transformation of governments and societies. They are often responsible for regulating technologies; developing strategies and providing incentives and an appropriate environment for their creation, adoption and use; building the infrastructure ecosystem in which the technology will operate; and decision-making on digital innovation and transformation in the public sector. Effective practice of this important digital management function requires knowledge, competencies, and skills. The UN Broadband Commission has launched a working group on artificial intelligence capacity building to help build public sector capacity for digital innovation and transformation. The working group will be co-chaired by UNESCO and Nokia, and Smart Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO), the 5Rights Foundation,

Dr Tawfik Jelassi, UNESCO Deputy Director-General for Communication and Information, said: “A multi-stakeholder approach should be put in place to involve the public sector, academia, civil society and the private sector in this artificial intelligence capacity-building effort. digital transformation”.

Julia Jasinska, Head of International Relations and Trade Policy at Nokia, said: “The working group’s principle is that“ technology alone is not enough; we also need to empower citizens and governments to make the most of emerging technologies”.

The artificial intelligence capacity building working group will create a knowledge base and recommendations that can lay the foundations for a knowledge platform that provides public sector access to artificial intelligence and digital transformation capacity building tools. Using the collective expertise of its members, it will analyze digital transformation use cases and good practices worldwide and develop a digital transformation and artificial intelligence competency framework for civil services that can be adapted to the environment of low- and middle-income countries.

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