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Watch: the role of standards in the future of AI Governance

Blog post by:

Tim McGarr, AI Market Development Lead, BSI

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A team of postgraduate students from University College London’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) has worked with AI Standards Hub partner BSI to research the role of standards in the future of AI governance.

The research concluded in August 2022, and focused on how standards can address emerging challenges and needs in AI governance with focus on how they might:

  • Mitigate risks and harms from AI,
  • Support regulatory and policy requirements, and
  • Assist organizations innovating and adopting Responsible AI.

The UCL team found multiple opportunities where standards could play a role, including:

  • Increasing the flexibility of regulatory frameworks to better respond to the dynamics of AI systems,
  • Setting common language and consensus around AI risks to encourage organizations to innovate both internally and externally, and
  • Addressing the missing piece of standardized measures in AI assurance.

Watch the team go into more detail about their approach, research methodology, and findings in the video below:

You can download the students’ full report on the UCL website.

The team’s research was conducted through BSI’s Student Research Programme, which offers practical support to postgraduate projects on topics relevant to standards or standardization.

With many thanks to the UCL STeAPP research team: Agustina Callegari, Ahmad Firdaus, Amaya Hana, Ana Alania, Sierra Shell, and Yuri Ohkura and academic supervisor Dr Irina Brass.


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