Informed Consent #34 - AI Experiment in NZ

Annie Weston made this Official Information request to Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Annie Weston

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

Regarding the White Paper “ Reimagining Regulation for the Age of AI: New Zealand Pilot Project.

https://www.weforum.org/whitepapers/reim...

I understand the World Economic Forum (WEF) has spearheaded an evidence based policy project in partnership with the NZ Govt.

“Testing (July to December 2020): Pilot new approaches and tools for AI regulation and capture lessons and share findings.”

“Scaling (January 2021 onward): Encourage broad adoption of the designed governance frameworks and tools based on lessons learned from pilot implementations.”

“Some regulators (such as the US Food and Drug Administration and New Zealand’s proposed therapeutic products regulator) have deliberately broad remits that are intended to future-proof it if the field moves in unforeseen directions.”

“It is hoped that a certain amount of pilot project activity will continue in New Zealand.”

I have some questions please that relate to the above:

1) What form does the evidence based policy project take and how does it involve or affect the NZ public.
2) How was this project tested on the NZ public?
3) When will the governance framework be available for the NZ public to view?
4) Has NZ’s proposed therapeutic products regulator been initiated and if so what are their deliberately broad remits?
5) What is the nature and scope of the continuing experiment?

Yours faithfully,

Annie Weston

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Dear Annie,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of the 17^th of December 2021 requesting under the
Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

“Regarding the White Paper “ Reimagining Regulation for the Age of AI: New
Zealand Pilot Project. 

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I understand the World Economic Forum (WEF) has spearheaded an evidence
based policy project in partnership with the NZ Govt. 

“Testing (July to December 2020): Pilot new approaches and tools for AI
regulation and capture lessons and share findings.”

“Scaling (January 2021 onward): Encourage broad adoption of the designed
governance frameworks and tools based on lessons learned from pilot
implementations.”

“Some regulators (such as the US Food and Drug Administration and New
Zealand’s proposed therapeutic products regulator) have deliberately broad
remits that are intended to future-proof it if the field moves in
unforeseen directions.”

“It is hoped that a certain amount of pilot project activity will continue
in New Zealand.”

I have some questions please that relate to the above:

1)           What form does the evidence based policy project take and how
does it involve or affect the NZ public.

2)           How was this project tested on the NZ public?

3)           When will the governance framework be available for the NZ
public to view?

4)           Has NZ’s proposed therapeutic products regulator been
initiated and if so what are their deliberately broad remits?

5)           What is the nature and scope of the continuing experiment?”

 

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course.

 

Please note that the days from 25 December 2021 to 15 January 2022
(inclusive) are defined as non- working days in the Act and are not
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your request. This will affect the time period for responding to your
request.

 

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via email [2][MBIE request email] or using the contact details below.

 

Nâku noa, nâ

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

 

Ngâ Pou o te Taumaru

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

15 Stout Street, Wellington 6011 |  P O Box 1473 Wellington 6140

 

 

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Kia ora Annie

 

Please find attached the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s
response to your request for information.

 

Kind regards,

 

Ministerial Services

Building, Resources and Markets

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

[1][MBIE request email]

Level 13, 25 The Terrace, Te Puâwai o te Aroha – Pastoral House,
Wellington 6011; 

PO Box 1473, Wellington, New Zealand

 

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From: Annie Weston

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

Thank you for your reply but you have missed two of my questions.

Could you please answer the below:

1) What form does the evidence based policy project take and how does it involve or affect the NZ public.

2) How was this project tested on the NZ public?

Yours faithfully,

Annie Weston

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Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Kia ora Annie

In direct response to your questions, please see below.

1) What form does the evidence-based policy project take and how does it involve or affect the NZ public.

This project took the form of exploring how New Zealand could learn from a range of international experts and to share some of our thinking to date on artificial intelligence. The project did not progress further than scoping of potential work due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2) How was this project tested on the NZ public?

The project was not tested on the NZ public as the pilot project was discontinued due to the impacts of Covid-19.

Kind regards

Alexis

Ministerial Services

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From: Annie Weston

Dear Ministerial Services,

I understand the AI experiment was discontinued due to the impacts of Covid-19.

But this does not prevent you from answering my queries rephrased below please:

1) In regards to the experiment what was the potential work scoped and how did you intend it to involve or affect the NZ public?

2) How did you physically intend to test the project on the NZ public?

Yours sincerely,

Annie Weston

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