First progress report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence

Almost exactly one year ago, the Ad-hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) was established under the auspices of the Council of Europe. Its main task was to analyse the feasibility of creating a legal framework for development, design and application of artificial intelligence (AI) in accordance with the standards of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. On 23 September 2020, the Committee of Ministers confirmed the first progress report of CAHAI.

The progress report plans out clear steps to be undertaken in order to achieve a legal instrument that will lead to broader use of AI while respecting human rights, the rule of law and democracy. This is all the more important in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. CAHAI will presumably address the findings of the report at its third plenary meeting in December, and will hold numerous stakeholders’ consultations in 2021, leading to the finalisation of the elements of the legal framework for the use of AI.