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Why AI4PublicPolicy

Policy development represents one of the most prominent applications of cloud computing and HPC for public administrations at local, regional and national levels, for harvesting vast amounts of data, including governmental databases and interactions with the citizens, data from public infrastructures, as well as from alternative sources such as social networks and the public internet, while improving the scalability, cost-efficiency, flexibility and quality of public services.

The use of AI-based solutions for data-driven policymaking can adddress technical and organisational challenges such as:

  • Access to Cloud and HPC resources: Scalable infrastructures for storing and analysing datasets are not readily available within public authorities.
  • Transparency: Several AI systems operate as “black-boxes”, making their use challenging, since policymaking must be transparent in terms of the rationale behind the proposed policies and the factual data that drive policy developments. 
  • Trustworthiness: AI systems for policymaking must be secure, safe and resilient against malicious attempts, as well as address the ethical AI challenges (as analysed by EU’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Artificial Intelligence).
  • End-to-End Integration: AI’s potential in policymaking is significantly underexploited, given it provides opportunities for automating and supporting policymaking activities, including front office, middle office, and back-office activities.
  • Organizational Transformation: The introduction of AI systems in policymaking leads to automation and efficiency, yet it challenges peoples’ roles and responsibilities, requiring significant upskilling and reskilling for policy making experts and other employees of the public administration.

The project’s Virtualized Policy Management Environment (VPME) will integrate various tools and support policymakers to address policy development challenges based on leading-edge AI technologies.

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