WGIC launches AI & machine learning study

By on 7 October, 2020

The World Geospatial Information Council has launched an initiative to develop a body of knowledge on AI/ML practices to develop a policy framework.

The WGIC has announced the first stage of the policy research project, seeking to assess relevance and popularity of AI and machine learning (AI/ML) applications in the geospatial industry.

Material released by the WGIC indicates that the study intends to investigate the implications of these techniques on data privacy and personal information, intellectual property control and protection, socio-economic bias and ethics.

According to Arnout Desmet, Chair of the WGIC Policy Development and Advocacy Committee, policies and regulations are struggling to keep up with the fast pace of AI/ML revolution

“While AI/ML uptake brings a myriad of potential opportunities to the geospatial sector, we realise there will also be challenges. Public authorities struggle with their role in policymaking and regulation of this fast-paced AI/ML revolution,” he said.

“We at the policy committee believe it is important to engage with policy-makers based on a proper assessment of aspects related to data privacy and personal information, intellectual property control and protection, ethics, and socio-economic equality.”

All individuals and organizations interested in this topic to actively participate in this policy research to contact Barbara Ryan, Policy Advisor, WGIC, via email – Barbara.Ryan@wgicouncil.org.

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