G20 Digital Economy Ministers endorse AI principles

At the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy, held on 8–9 June 2019 in Tsubuka, Japan, G20 Trade and Digital Economy Ministers outlined G20’s commitment to a human-centred approach to AI, guided by a series of G20 AI Principles. The Principles have a non-binding nature and are drawn from the OECD Recommendation on AI (adopted in May 2019), therefore underlining the need for inclusive growth, sustainable development and well-being, human-centred values and fairness, transparency and explainability, robustness, security and safety, and accountability. Also included are guidelines for policymakers, including in the area of international cooperation, capacity building, and research and investments. The ministers also outlined a Data Free Flow with Trust concept, agreeing to work towards enabling free data flows to harness the opportunities of the digital economy. For this to happen, challenges related to privacy, data protection, intellectual property rights, and security need to be addressed, and national and international legal frameworks need to be respected.​