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Report: Geospatial AI/ML applications and policies – A global perspective

Press Release 13 Apr 2021 - 05:57 SAST

Report: Geospatial AI/ML applications and policies – A global perspective

Press Release 13 Apr 2021 - 05:57 SAST

By the World Geospatial Industry Council

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) has published a global report, Geospatial AI/ML (GeoAI) Applications and Policies – A Global Perspective.

It aims to inform governments and industry alike on the geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI) trends for the near-, mid- and long-term. Through the inputs from WGIC member companies and industry experts, areas of rapid growth within the geospatial industry are identified.

The report reviews the laws and policies on artificial intelligence governance in twelve countries and the European Union, providing a global representation by covering the most technologically advanced markets. It also identifies new laws for AI governance that will be enacted in major jurisdictions in the coming years to tackle the issues around fairness, explainability, intellectual property, and data privacy.

Recommendations made include policy principles for the geospatial industry to follow on ethics and privacy so that citizens and policymakers can build trust in the geospatial industry. The report calls for industry cooperation on tests and audits for AI systems, categorises use-cases by harm levels so that governments can calibrate regulations, and promotes open data and other mechanisms to increase data access for all to boost innovation. Further, it highlights to governments the need for adaptive GeoAI policies.

The GeoAI report is an outcome of research and consultative study in collaboration with around fifteen WGIC members working on GeoAI and thirteen external experts. The member companies who contributed to the report are – Bentley Systems, Ceinsys, Cyient, e-Geos, Esri, Faro, IMGeospatial, Maxar Technologies, Oracle, Riegl, SI Analytics, Spatial Vision, Terra Analytics, TomTom, and Trimble.

The laws and policies on AI governance from the following countries/regions are covered under this report: Australia, Brazil, China, European Union, India, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The report is available for download from https://go.wgicouncil.org/geoai-21