Sub-commission established to address AI issues

29 november 2019

A sub-commission dealing with artificial intelligence (AI) issues will be operating within the framework of the Government Commission on Digital Development and Technologies for the purpose of higher living standards and better business climate.

The new entity will be the working body implementing provisions of the National Strategy for the Development of Artificial Intelligence and addressing certain aspects of the relevant federal project, head of the Analytical Center's Project Office for the Implementation of the Digital Economy National Program Vladimir Mesropyan said in his comments on the adjustment of the Commission’s governance system. For now on, the aforesaid Government Commission will have two sub-commissions, including the Sub-Commission on Artificial Intelligence and Digital Economy, which will focus on six federal projects of the national program.

"The structure of governance of the Digital Economy National Program will not be changed as the whole. The Sub-Commission will be incorporated into the existent governance system, and key issues will remain under the jurisdiction of the Presidium of the Government Commission on Digital Development chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov," Mesropyan said.

Notably, the AI Sub-Commission will be tasked with considering proposals on the development of artificial intelligence technologies (including through their accelerated implementation in the economic and social fields), control over events of the artificial intelligence federal project, and preparation of relevant amendments to other federal projects of the Digital Economy National Program, as well as other national projects.

The Sub-Commission will be considering bills pertaining to artificial intelligence, and supervise the implementation of the artificial intelligence roadmap drafted by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media jointly with Sberbank, and relevant statements of intent concluded between the Government, Sberbank, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

It will also be coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating the effectiveness of federal and regional officials implementing artificial intelligence projects, as well as proposing the use of such technologies in public services and state information systems, determining the existent big data sources, and organizing their centralized analysis. The Ministry of Economic Development will provide information-analytical and organizational-technical support for the Sub-Commission's activity.

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