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Canada: Privacy Commissioner of Canada Publishes Consultation Paper, Seeks Feedback on Strengthening Privacy Laws to Address Artificial Intelligence Risks

(Feb. 27, 2020) On January 28, 2020, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) issued an announcement update stating that it “is seeking feedback on how Canada’s private sector privacy law could be strengthened to address risks related to the use of artificial intelligence.” Canada already has a number of laws at the […]

Estonia: Government Issues Artificial Intelligence Report

(July 31, 2019) In May 2019 a multidisciplinary group of experts, headed by the Chief Information Officer of Estonia’s government, produced a study on artificial intelligence (AI) that, if accepted by the government, may serve as the country’s first AI strategy. While the report is not a legal document, it aims at outlining the principles […]

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: Member and Partner Countries Adopt Policy Guidelines on Artificial Intelligence

(June 7, 2019) On May 22, 2019, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced that its 36 member countries and six additional partner countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, and Romania) had adopted a set of policy guidelines on Artificial Intelligence (AI) recommended by OECD’s governing Council. (Forty-Two Countries Adopt New OECD […]

Czech Republic: Government Adopts National Artificial Intelligence Strategy

(June 5, 2019) On May 6, 2019, the Czech government adopted its National Artificial Intelligence [AI] Strategy. (Press Release, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, The Czech Republic Is Among the Elite in Presenting a Strategy for the Development of Artificial Intelligence (May 6, 2019).) According to the Ministry of Industry and […]

International: World Intellectual Property Organization Announces Service Providing Evidence of Intellectual Assets’ Authorship

(July 1, 2020) On May 27, 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced a new service called WIPO PROOF, which reportedly provides evidence of the existence of digital files in any format at a point in time in order to document their authorship. According to WIPO, because creative activities are increasingly digital, global, and […]

Chile; New Zealand; Singapore: Digital Trade Agreement Signed

(June 17, 2020) On June 12, 2020, the governments of Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore signed the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) in an online ceremony, with e-signature tools utilized. Negotiations for the agreement were launched in May 2019 when the trade ministers of the three countries met and “discussed ways to maximize the contributions that […]

China: AI Governance Principles Released

(Sept. 9, 2019) On June 17, 2019, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology published on its website the Governance Principles for a New Generation of Artificial Intelligence: Develop Responsible Artificial Intelligence (Chinese original; English translation). The Principles were formulated by the Ministry’s New Generation Artificial Intelligence [AI] Governance Expert Committee. The AI Governance Principles provide […]

Germany/France: Countries Sign Friendship Treaty on Cooperation and Integration

(Feb. 1, 2019) On January 22, 2019, Germany and France signed the “Aachen Treaty,” a bilateral friendship treaty on cooperation and integration. The treaty comes fifty-six years after the signing of the Élysée Treaty, which focused on reconciliation after the end of the Second World War. The Aachen Treaty complements the Élysée Treaty, renews the […]