Register for Federal Engagement in Artificial Intelligence Standards Workshop
NIST is hosting a workshop on May 30, 2019 to engage interested stakeholders in discussions that will advance the development of a plan for Federal engagement in artificial intelligence standards. NIST is directed by a February 11, 2019, Executive Order to develop that plan within 180 days. Tentative agenda is available here .
On Feb. 11, 2019, President Donald J. Trump issued the Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence.
Among its objectives, the EO aims to “Ensure that technical standards minimize vulnerability to attacks from malicious actors and reflect Federal priorities for innovation, public trust, and public confidence in systems that use AI technologies; and develop international standards to promote and protect those priorities.”
The EO directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create “a plan for Federal engagement in the development of technical standards and related tools in support of reliable, robust, and trustworthy systems that use AI technologies.” NIST is committed to fulfilling that responsibility in a timely way, engaging the public and private sectors in producing a plan within 180 days.
The EO’s language provides directions and a 180-day timetable for NIST to deliver the plan for federal standards-related engagement:
“Sec. 6 (d) Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Commerce, through the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), shall issue a plan for Federal engagement in the development of technical standards and related tools in support of reliable, robust, and trustworthy systems that use AI technologies. NIST shall lead the development of this plan with participation from relevant agencies as the Secretary of Commerce shall determine.
(i) Consistent with OMB Circular A-119, this plan shall include:
(A) Federal priority needs for standardization of AI systems development and deployment;
(B) identification of standards development entities in which Federal agencies should seek membership with the goal of establishing or supporting United States technical leadership roles; and
(C) opportunities for and challenges to United States leadership in standardization related to AI technologies.
(ii) This plan shall be developed in consultation with the Select Committee, as needed, and in consultation with the private sector, academia, non‑governmental entities, and other stakeholders, as appropriate.”
NIST is determining a path forward and timetable for this project. Additional details will be shared on this website and via emails.
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