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Use of national language as a key prerequisite for the public use of AI and trust in AI

By: UKOM

Today, the Slovenian Minister of Public Administration, Boštjan Koritnik, attended a ministerial meeting of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) in Paris. Based on the guidelines harmonised at the meeting, the GPAI is seeking to contribute to the responsible development, use and management of human-centred AI systems.

Respect for human rights and ethical standards are core principles guiding Slovenia in the planning of the national policy on AI and in the common policy-making at the EU level. Minister Koritnik was therefore delighted to learn that the impact of AI on humans rights is one of the main priorities of the GPAI in 2022. “To ensure that AI tools facilitate human progress and help achieve sustainable development goals, humanitarian aspects that safeguard human rights have to be proactively included in the development of tools, policies and mechanisms,” stressed Koritnik.

In his address, Minister Koritnik reiterated his commitment to the preservation of the national language and cultural identity in the digital world as part of the development of AI. Slovenia was one of the first countries to include this in its national programme for AI. According to Koritnik, the use of national language is a key prerequisite for the public use of and trust in AI.

In the meeting, new member states were admitted to the GPAI, including Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Israel and Sweden.

The GPAI unites countries that wish to develop AI in accordance with democratic standards and human rights. It was founded following a Canadian-French initiative within the G7 and has now become a multilateral initiative for cooperation and coordination of policies in AI between like-minded global partners. The founding members of the GPAI were: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Mexico, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States of America and Slovenia. International organisations, such as the OECD, UNESCO and the European Union, are also GPAI members.

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