Excited to announce that on May 16, 2022 we had our kick-off of the pilot project “Assessment for responsible AI” together with the Province of Friesland (Fryslân), a team of the Z-inspection® initiative, and the UBR Rijks ICT Gilde (part of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Netherlands).
Together we will investigate the reliability of AI applications for the Province of Friesland and their responsible use, using the Z-inspection® process and the EU Framework for Trustworthy AI.
The Leeuwarden Municipality, University of Groningen/Campus Fryslân and policy advisors from the Ministry of the Interior were also invited as observers.
Announcement in Dutch :
Nieuwsbericht | 17-05-2022 | 13:42- Rijks ICT Gilde.
Kick-off powerful partnership for responsible AI
News release | 17-05-2022 | 13:42
Yesterday was the kick-off of the pilot ‘Assessment for responsible AI’. The Province of Fryslân, AI authority Prof. Dr. Zicari and the UBR Rijks ICT Gilde are jointly investigating the reliability of AI applications and their responsible use. Leeuwarden municipality, Groningen University/Campus Fryslân and policy advisors from the Ministry of the Interior are invited as observers.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is appearing in more and more aspects of our lives. It is in all kinds of devices we use in our work and private lives. The technology, based on data and algorithms, can be useful in solving social issues about energy, sustainability or even poverty, for example.
As a government, we want to exploit the opportunities of AI, but the technology still raises many important questions.
How reliable are algorithms? Can an algorithm discriminate? And how transparent is the use of AI?
In the three-month pilot ‘Assessment for responsible AI’ we are looking for answers to the questions:
How do you as a government steer the development and use of responsible AI?
What frameworks, laws and regulations are important, and how do we test them in the development and use of AI?
How do you analyze, assess and improve AI applications? And are the applications in line with public values and human rights?
In the pilot we assess an algorithm of the province of Fryslân. We will analyze it using the Z-inspection® method of Roberto Zicari; a self-assessment in which participants discuss critical issues such as: the purpose of the algorithm, the development process, ethical dilemmas and conflicts of interest. The Z-inspection® method is a working method to analyze, assess and improve AI applications in a sustainable, demonstrable and transparent way. This enables organizations to develop and use responsible AI applications in a structured way.
Furthermore, it is very important that the knowledge and experiences from the pilot are shared. First of all, to stimulate digital awareness and dialogue about AI within the government. And then to be able to confidently deploy the technology for the questions of tomorrow.