UN-Habitat has launched a global survey to better understand the needs of local governments in relation to artificial intelligence (AI).
Nairobi/New York, 14 February 2023
The survey aims to identify current capacity and governance gaps, as well as opportunities for standardization, cooperation, and multi-stakeholder governance in cities related to the responsible use of AI.
This survey is carried out collaboration with United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), a policy-oriented think tank dedicated to electronic governance, and with the support of Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
As cities around the world continue to embrace advanced digital technologies, AI's potential risks and ethical concerns are becoming increasingly evident.
Despite the numerous benefits, AI also brings challenges, such as potential bias and discrimination, privacy violations, and other human rights violations.
As AI continues to transform urban settings at an unprecedented pace, the local government’s role and capacity to utilize AI while mitigating these risks are increasingly critical.
The survey is expected to generate valuable insights into the needs and capacities of cities to use AI responsibly.
The results will help the United Nations and other organizations to understand local government priorities and AI capacity needs in addition to informing the development of technical guidelines on how to use, implement, and govern AI in local government contexts.
To participate in the survey, please follow this link.