Professor Emeritus Andrew Clement recently told a parliamentary committee that he doesn’t think the proposed Artificial Intelligence Data Act (AIDA) will adequately protect Canadians. In his testimony late last month, Clement cautioned against hasty legislation, reminding stakeholders that effective governance of AI demands ongoing learning and collaboration, rather than a race to implementation.
Clement, who has a longtime interest in exploring the societal and public policy implications of new information and communication infrastructures, called for comprehensive public consultation with input from a wide range of Canadians.
Clement’s critique of AIDA, which aims to regulate the use of AI, highlights several key issues, including conflicts of interest in proposed roles of the Innovation Minister and AI Data Commissioner. He also noted the disproportionate focus on business interests in the consultation process and urged policymakers to consider developments in the E.U., U.S. and elsewhere before finalizing Canada’s approach.
On January 31, he testified before the parliamentary Commons industry committee regarding the proposed Artificial Intelligence Data Act (AIDA), which aims to regulate the use of AI.
Professor Emeritus Andrew Clement remains dedicated to exploring the societal and public policy implications of the evolving information and communication infrastructure.