As part of its mandate in promoting democracy more importantly in the new era of Artificial Intelligence (AI), a Civil Society Organization, The Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-Ghana) and its global partner, Forum on Information & Democracy have successfully launched their AI Project in Ghana on 11th November, 2023.
According to a statement issued after the launch, the project seeks among others to “Strengthen the integration of the Global South perspectives and expertise in the development of international norms and standards for the global information and communication space.”
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For Immediate Release:
CFF-Ghana and its partner, Forum on Information & Democracy launched global Artificial Intelligence (AI) project in Ghana and calls for urgent AI regulations.
The Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-Ghana) and its global partner, Forum on Information & Democracy have successfully launched their AI Project in Ghana on 11th November, 2023.
The project seeks among others to;
1. Strengthen the integration of the Global South perspectives and expertise in the development of international norms and standards for the global information and communication space.
2. Increase the visibility of partner organizations and strengthen their presence in international discussions.
3.Promote collaboration between different stakeholders at the region and international levels in order to implement appropriate measures to ensure the respect of human rights.
The project launch preceded a workshop of experts Working Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its implications for information and communication space. The Working Group of 8 experts made valuable contributions in the areas of regulatory and technological solutions to mitigate the risks of AI systems for the information space to ensure positive impact in Ghana and beyond. Key among recommendations made in the Ghanaian context is the importance of Government to put in place deliberate frameworks to regulate use of AI.
It is important to note that experts also maintained that there is a need for Ghana to establish regulatory body such as a Commission or an Authority to be responsible for setting comprehensive standards, guidelines, and best practices for the development, deployment, and use of AI technologies. These standards should encompass ethical considerations, data privacy, safety, transparency, and accountability in AI systems. This regulatory body should also serve as overseers of the AI industry, aiming to mitigate potential risks and ensure ethical, safe, and beneficial AI development and deployment for the needed impact.
Issued at Accra this 11th Day of November, 2023.