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Draft Guidelines for AI Procurement

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Draft Guidelines for AI Procurement

The UK Government's Office for Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been working with the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (WEF) and stakeholders from government, private sector, and academia to draft a first version of the Guidelines for AI procurement.  This is work-in-progress; feedback from workshops will go towards updating this with a target of Sprinfg 2020 for these to be incorporated fully.

A Workshop to review the current Guidelines for AI Procurement was hosted by techUK on 25 Oct 2019 - details HERETD-Info participated in this and produced some feedback for members - download HERE.

What is TD-Info's Involvement with AI?

TD-Info facilitates and publishes documents on behalf of the LOGNET AI Sub Working Group This reports to the Defence Logistic Force Development Programme Board (DLFDB) which, in turn, reports to the Defence Logistic Steering Group. Presentations and documents from the AI Sub Wordking Group meeting on 17 September 2019 are HEREThe Key word: AI-Artificial Intelligence is used to tag relevant documents.  Steve Green is the TD-Info contact for AI-related matters.  

Background to the Workshop

"Artificial Intelligence is a technology that has the potential to greatly improve our public services by reducing costs, enhancing quality, and freeing up valuable time of frontline staff.

Recognising this, the UK Government published the Data Ethics Framework and a Guide to using AI in the Public Sector to enable public bodies adopt AI systems in a way that works for everyone in society.

These new procurement Guidelines will help inform and empower buyers in the public sector, helping them to evaluate suppliers, then confidently and responsibly procure AI technologies for the benefit of citizens."

Who this guidance is for?

These Guidelines for AI Procurement are for multidisciplinary teams involved in public procurement decisions relating to AI projects:

  • Policy officials and organisation leads considering an AI-based solution and/or planning and delivering AI projects
  • Procurement officials and commercial teams responsible for the planning and delivery of AI projects
  • Analysts, data scientists and digital, data and technology experts who are developing project-specific requirements and evaluating, using and maintaining AI systems
  • Chief Data, Information, Technology and Innovation Officers considering planning and delivering AI projects
  • Suppliers who want to better understand the best practice processes, technical and ethical expectations for AI projects, and to tailor their offerings appropriately

Added: 21st October 2019


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