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Making AI Safe for Government

Work is well underway in jurisdictions across the country to prepare for the next generation of doing the public’s business.

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The podcast cover image for The Future in Context (TFIC) episode reviews a special AI-focused issue of Government Technology on the evolving policy framework to make sense of it all.
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Governments have the unenviable task of coming to terms with the promise and pitfalls of generative AI through the strictures of public policy. On this cover story episode of the podcast, the writers and editors from our sister publication, Government Technology, take us into the three-story package on a policy-driven approach to AI describe a growing body of work that points the path to the future.

Show Notes

Here are the top 10 takeaways from this episode:

  1. AI Guardrails: Policymakers start from the position that it is a necessity to establish guardrails for the safe and ethical use of AI in government policies.
  2. Safety and Privacy: The cover story emphasizes the importance of ensuring AI systems are used safely, protecting individual privacy rights and minimizing biases in decision-making processes.
  3. Jurisdictional Innovations: The three-story package on AI in the issue highlights a number of jurisdictions, including New Jersey, Utah and Santa Cruz County, Calif., for their innovative approaches to AI governance.
  4. Federal Regulations: The guests discuss the executive order from President Biden and state-level frameworks as part of the evolving framework of AI regulations in government.
  5. Human-Centered Policies: The package points to the significance of developing human-centered policies that prioritize the well-being and rights of individuals affected by AI technologies.
  6. Data Governance: Each of the three stories helps to unpack the crucial role of data governance in ensuring the quality, accuracy and ethical use of data powering AI systems.
  7. Vendor Selection: Government cannot do AI alone but it needs to have internal competence to select AI vendors as essential components of responsible AI adoption in government.
  8. Policymaker Collaboration: Getting AI right requires policymakers, data experts and other constituents to work together to shape responsible AI policies and regulations.
  9. Technology Education: MIT’s efforts to introduce AI education stand as an early exemplar of curriculum development in preparing the next-generation workforce.
  10. Digital Transformation: Columns in the issue address broader themes such as transparency in AI systems, and the persistent need for human copilots in digital transformation of government services.

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Paul W. Taylor is the Senior Editor for e.Republic Editorial and of its flagship titles - Governing and Government Technology. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @pwtaylor.
Ashley Silver is the co-host of The Future in Context podcast and a staff writer with Governing’s sister publication, Government Technology.
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