Embedding AI in society for the benefit of the common good
The German Federal Government’s AI strategy
Adopted in November 2018, the German Federal Government’s artificial intelligence strategy (AI strategy) (in German only) has been developed under the leadership of the Federal Ministries of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and Education and Research (BMBF) on the basis of public consultations and discussions with experts in specialist forums. It defines a political framework for the development and deployment of AI in Germany. In addition to the goal of making Germany and Europe leading AI hubs, thus securing international competitiveness, the AI strategy particularly aims to embed AI in society in ethical, legal, cultural and institutional terms.
The Civic Innovation Platform as an element of an AI ecosystem for the common good
The Civic Innovation Platform project thus puts the emphasis on promoting new and innovative forms of collaboration and cooperation in the development of projects for socially minded technology design for the benefit of the common good. The platform is a project initiated by the Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society and has been designed as a pilot project for testing instruments for promoting participatory social innovation processes. It sees itself as a growing platform which is to be expanded in a dialogue with all participating partners and users.
At the same time, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), and the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) are working jointly on networking and harmonising current and planned AI projects in such a way as to ensure that they contribute to a living AI ecosystem for the common good in Germany and Europe.
The Civic Innovation Platform will be a central component of this network.