The Dialogue, an emerging public-policy think tank delivered a conference on AI, Privacy and Cross-Border data flows and also released a Working Paper titled Intersection of Artificial Intelligence with Cross-Border Data Flow and Privacy, at the Constitution Club of India.
The findings of the paper suggest that privacy can complement innovation in AI along with the fact that cross-border flow of data is imperative to drive AI growth in the future. Large amounts of data flow course through the internet, over borders to power technologies that is leveraged for AI development and deployment every day. This data may originate from many sources located in multiple jurisdictions, making it imperative that data can move freely across borders. At the same time, with rising data collection and storage, doctrinal notions around and privacy should be considered. Privacy by design techniques can be incorporated at the level of privacy notices but also at each level of information flow till its storage and processing stage. The conference discussed key issues around the value of data for AI, the importance for cross-border data flows, the ethical, legal and privacy aspects around AI deployment and a policy framework going forward. The discussions from the conference will be inputted towards the completion of the working paper for final publication in January.
The keynote address was given by Mr. Kalikesh Singh Deo, MP Lok Sabha, and Dr. Neeta Verma, Director-General, National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, while Dr. Narendra Jadhav, MP Rajya Sabha, gave the valedictory remarks.
Other officials from the government included Dr. Avik Sarkar, NITI Aayog and Mr. Atul Tripathi. The conference saw participation from industry that included Ms. Bishakha Bhattacharya, IBM, Mr. Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy, BSA Software Alliance, Ms. Anubhuti Bhrany, HP, as well as civil-society professionals such as Mr. Saikat Datta, Asia Times, Mr. Naman Aggarwal, Access Now, Mr. Apar Gupta, Internet Freedom, Mr. Amol Kulkarni, CUTS International, Mr. Rahul Sharma, IAPP, Ms. Gunja Kapoor from Pahle India Foundation, Mr. Adnan Ansari, 9.9 Insights, Ms. Anulekha Nandi, Digital Empowerment Foundation and Mr. Harsh Bajpai, The Dialogue. The event witnessed strong participation from the legal community comprising of Ms. Meenu Chandra, Adyopant Legal, Mr. Prasanna S, Independent Lawyer, Ms. Pritka Kumar and Mr. Kushan Chakraborty from Cornellia Chambers, Ms. Arya Tripathi, PSA Legal, and Mr. Aaron Kamath, Nishith Desai Associates.
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