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

13 April 2021 4:00 pm 5:30 pm SAST

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC), a global not-for-profit trade association of geospatial companies, in association with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be hosting the virtual launch of the WGIC report titled “Geospatial AI/ML (GeoAI) Applications and Policies – A Global Perspective.” Participants will get full access to this report.

The study and outcome report aims to inform both governments and industry alike about the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) in geospatial data, technology, and its applications. The report also identifies global issues and policy intricacies in AI/ML. It highlights the needs for analysing the geospatial sector and the dearth of specialised AI talent.

The report identifies Geospatial AI/ML (GeoAI) trends and use-cases for the near-term (next two years – starting 2021) and mid-term (up to five years), and long-term. The report further identifies the areas of rapid growth within the geospatial domain and GeoAI trends that will emerge and evolve with computer science and information technology’s rapid developments.

The report reviews the laws and legislation related to AI governance in twelve countries and the European Union that provides a global representation, mainly covering the most technologically advanced markets. The report implies a new set of laws for AI governance will be enacted in major jurisdictions in the coming years to tackle the issues around fairness, explainability, intellectual property, and data privacy.

The report’s recommendations 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 players to boost innovation. Further, the report advocates to governments the need for adaptive GeoAI policies.

Contact: ai@itu.int

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