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The Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence


In September 2020, the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence GPAI, which consists of experts in Artificial Intelligence from industry, government, civil society and academia, selected the DCC to contribute to the activities of its Data Governance Working Group. The 18 GPAI founding organisations were originally brought together due to a shared commitment to the OECD Recommendation on Artificial Intelligence, aiming to “bridge the gap between theory and practice on AI by supporting cutting-edge research and applied activities on AI-related priorities.” 

The DCC’s contribution to GPAI’s Data Governance Working Group took the form of a report titled ‘The Role of Data in AI’. Produced in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics and Trilateral Research, the report focused on five central questions: 

  • How important is data to AI? 
  • Why the focus on the ‘role of data’ in AI? 
  • Why does data governance matter in the context of AI? 
  • Is there a need to share data internationally? 
  • How can we make sure data collected about individuals isn’t used unfairly or in a discriminatory way? 

Our findings, based on an extensive literature review and discussions which took place during three expert workshops held with the Data Governance Working Group in October and November 2020, were presented in full at the GPAI’s Montreal Summit in December 2020.