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Information policy report

The aim of Prime Minister Sipilä’s Government is that Finland will become a leader in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and in information policy. In its strategy session on 29 January 2018, the Government decided that it will submit a report to Parliament on information policy and AI in autumn 2018.

There is a pressing need for principles and policies covering information policy issues in today’s networked, information intensive, digitally transformed society. As digitalisation has gathered pace, society has increasingly relied on information, data and the knowledge and services derived from these. As a consequence, the economic and social value of information of all kinds is considerable. AI and robotics are very reliant on high-quality information, and they are also bringing changes to the information environment and to the way in which information is managed.

Report on ethical information policy in an age of artificial intelligence

On 23 March 2018, the Ministry of Finance set up a project group to prepare a report on information policy and AI. The project group’s term is 23 March – 31 December 2018.

The group is tasked with producing a report with the working title ‘Ethical information policy in an age of artificial intelligence’ for submission to Parliament in autumn 2018. The themes of the report will include the following: defining information policy; making extensive use of AI; AI competence needs; and the platform and data economy. A considerable number of projects on these issues are under way in different branches of government, and one of the tasks of information policy is to reinforce the shared objectives of these projects.

The specific measures to be set out in the report will concern matters such as information security, data protection, the gathering and combining of information, and information disclosure and storage. Other areas examined will include ethical issues, securing expertise, regulatory issues, new focus areas and policy-level participation in the EU and international forums.

Overseeing the project group’s work is a ministerial working group on information policy and artificial intelligence. Project sub-groups will be set up as necessary on the following themes: AI, economic impacts and goals, and competence needs.

Events

A series of seminars is to be arranged on the information policy report. The seminars will be open to anyone with an interest in the subject. See the links below for further information and to register for the seminars.

Inquiries:

Olli-Pekka Rissanen, Senior Specialist, olli-pekka.rissanen(at)vm.fi, tel. +358 2955 30364
Decision to establish project group (in Finnish)