People  |  11/04/2020

Josef Drexl Appointed as Expert in the “Global Partnership on AI”

This summer, the Federal Republic of Germany appointed Josef Drexl as an expert in the newly founded Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI). There, the Institute's Managing Director is a member of the Data Governance Working Group.

 Josef Drexl, Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, is member of the Data Governance Working Group of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)a
Josef Drexl was appointed as expert in the Data Governance Working Group of the Global Partnership on AI.

On 17 June 2020, 14 founding members (Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States of America) launched the "Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)”. GPAI was jointly initiated and conceived by Canada and France during their G7 presidencies (2018, 2019).

GPAI seeks to enhance the responsible implementation of AI in the spirit of human rights, democratic values, inclusion and diversity, while promoting innovation and economic growth as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

GPAI establishes a global multi-stakeholder forum that brings together experts from research, politics, the economy and civil society to promote research and make recommendations for political decision-makers. GPAI conducts its activities in the framework of working groups established for the following topics:

  • Responsible AI
  • Data Governance
  • The Future of Work
  • Innovation and Commercialization

Moreover, it was decided to establish another ad hoc working group dealing with the use of AI to overcome the current COVID-19 pandemic.

First results of the Data Governance group

Josef Drexl, Managing Director of the Institute, was appointed by the Federal Republic of Germany as an expert for the Data Governance Working Group. This group has the mandate to contribute with its research and recommendations to the goal that the collection, use, sharing, archiving and deletion of data is in accordance with GPAI's stated objectives.

Having started its activities immediately after the launch of GPAI, the Data Governance Working Group has already drafted a “GPAI Data Governance Framework” as a basis for its future work and mandated an independent research institution to prepare a report on the “Role of Data in AI”. As a next step, three sub-groups will address the technical, institutional and legal dimensions of data governance.

To provide administrative support to GPAI, a Secretariat has been established at OECD in Paris. The activities of the working groups are coordinated by two newly created Centres of Expertise in Paris and Montreal. The Centre for Expertise for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in Montreal coordinates the activities of the Data Governance Working Group.