This section acts as a personal living document highlighting policy documents and relevant developments to AI policy across the globe. It is by no means comprehensive and will be updated regularly. If you use this resource please cite it.

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Government Reports and Initiatives

White House Executive Order: Accelerating America's Leadership in Artificial Intelligence: 


National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence:

Preparing for the Future of Artificial intelligence:  

Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. “The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan”:    

Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability: Association for Computing Machinery US Public Policy Council (USACM):  

Senate's  FUTURE of AI Act:


•     Potential growth, restructuring, and other changes for the U.S. workforce that result from adoption of AI, including potential actions to train and skill workers for an AI workplace

•     Protecting the privacy rights of individuals as AI continues to grow

•     Promoting a climate of innovation to ensure global competitiveness for American companies developing AI technologies

•     Supporting the development and application of unbiased AI.

•     It directs the commerce agency to create an advisory committee tasked with developing recommendations within 18 months on how the government and business can work together to address a variety of AI concerns.

•     Those include identifying how artificial intelligence will change the workplace and figuring out to train workers for AI impacts, protecting individual privacy rights as AI grows, promoting a climate of innovation and supporting the unbiased development and application of AI.

•     Young said the advisory committee will seek input from a wide array of sectors and perspectives, and consist of representatives from civil liberties groups, labor groups, research institutions and universities, technology companies, manufacturers, data scientists and federal officials, among others.

•     U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., the co-chairman of the House AI Caucus, has filed a similar proposal that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., sent to six committees that each have responsibility for a portion of what AI policy could impact.

Belfer Center, Artificial Intelligence and National Security:


•     Preserving U.S. technological leadership

•     Supporting peaceful and commercial use

•     Mitigating catastrophic risk

Pentagon's Joint AI Centre (JAIC)

XAI: Explainable AI/ DARPA Programmes:   

National Defence Strategy 2018: Sharpening the American Military's Competitive Edge:

Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security (March 2018):

On Thursday, Robert O. Work, a former deputy secretary of defense, announced that he is teaming up with the Center for a New American Security, an influential Washington think tank that specializes in national security, to create a task force of former government officials, academics and representatives from private industry. Their goal is to explore how the federal government should embrace A.I. technology and work better with big tech companies and other organizations.

H.R. 5515—FY19 National Defense Authorization Bill:

Establishing a policy and oversight council to review advances in artificial intelligence and identify future needs;

Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence:


White House Communication (AI):

PRIORITIZING FUNDING FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D): The Trump Administration has prioritized funding for fundamental AI research and computing infrastructure, machine learning, and autonomous systems.


·      The Federal Government’s investment in unclassified R&D for AI and related technologies has grown by over 40% since 2015, in addition to substantial classified investments across the defense and intelligence communities.

·      In the annual guidance to heads of executive departments and agencies, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the White House Office Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed agencies to focus on emerging technologies including machine learning and autonomous systems.

·      President Trump’s FY2019 Budget Request was the first in history to designate artificial intelligence and autonomous and unmanned systems as Administration R&D priorities.

REMOVING BARRIERS TO AI INNOVATION: The Trump Administration is enabling the creation of new American industries by removing regulatory barriers to the deployment of AI-powered technologies.

·      Last September, the Department of Transportation released an update to the 2016 Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, providing non-regulatory guidance to automated vehicle developers to enable the safe integration of driverless cars onto American roadways.

·      In October, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to permit States and localities to conduct innovative commercial and public drone operations currently prohibited under FAA regulations.

·      Last month, the FDA approved the first ever AI-based device for medical diagnostics to detect diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans.

TRAINING THE FUTURE AMERICAN WORKFORCE: President Trump has taken Executive action to give the American worker the skills to succeed in the 21st century economy.

·      Last June, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing industry-recognized apprenticeships and creating a cabinet-level Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

·      In September, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum prioritizing high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, with a particular focus on computer science education, and committing $200 million in grant funds that were matched by a private industry commitment of $300 million.

ACHIEVING STRATEGIC MILITARY ADVANTAGE: The Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy recognizes the need to lead in artificial intelligence, and the Department of Defense is investing accordingly.

·      President Trump’s National Security Strategy was the first in history to specifically call out the importance of AI for the future of the American military.

·      The National Defense Strategy committed to investing broadly in military applications of autonomy, AI, and machine learning.

LEVERAGING AI FOR GOVERNMENT SERVICES: Executive departments and agencies are applying AI to improve the provision of government services to the American people.

·      The President’s Management Agenda calls for using automation software to improve efficiency of government services and maximizing Federal data sharing with the American public, which will support non-Federal AI research applications.

·      The General Services Administration is conducting pilot programs that leverage AI, including a tool to predict regulatory compliance that is scheduled for production in this year.

LEADING INTERNATIONAL AI NEGOTIATIONS: White House OSTP led U.S. delegations to the 2017 and 2018 G7 Innovation and Technology Ministerials, and is working with our allies to recognize the potential benefits of AI and promote AI R&D.

·      In March, OSTP negotiated the 2018 G7 Innovation Ministers’ Statement on Artificial Intelligence, following an AI outcome document from the 2017 G7 innovation ministerial, which recognizes the importance of AI innovation for economic growth and supports efforts to promote trust in and adoption of AI technologies.

·      The Trump Administration is also pursuing international AI R&D collaboration through agreements such as the first-ever Science and Technology (S&T) agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom and the March Joint Statement between the United States and France on S&T cooperation.


Research and Development Budget FY2019:


Harnessing Artifcial Intelligence and High Performance Computing: The development of artificial intelligence (AI) is ad- vancing at a rapid pace, and the 2019 Budget invests in fundamental AI research and computing infrastructure to maintain U.S. leadership in this eld. AI holds the poten- tial to transform the lives of Americans through improved technology integration in the workplace and enhanced standards of living at home. The Budget funds basic re- search related to AI at the National Science Foundation and applied R&D in the Department of Transportation for the further development of autonomous and unmanned systems. In defense applications, DOD is working to de- liver AI-driven algorithms to war ghting systems, which can rapidly turn volumes of data into decision-quality in- sights. And in the health realm, NIH is supporting the use of high performance computing to analyze large data sets to drive cancer research forward. The Budget also funds high performance computing through supporting investments in computing infrastruc- ture, which hold the potential for AI technology use and other purposes. The Budget provides $811 million to the Department of Energy’s Advanced Scienti c Computing Research Program to support research and facility up- grades to supercomputing infrastructure at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, including the devel- opment of exascale high performance computers. These supercomputers will rank among the fastest and most powerful in the world, and will leverage strong partner- ships with industry and academia in their development and use. 

Joint Statement on US - France Science cooperation:

Non-Governmental Reports

State of California supporting Asilomar Principle:

Draft principles of The Future Society's Science, Law and Society Initiative (Oct 2017):  


IEEE-USA’s position statement on Artificial Intelligence Research, Development and Regulation:    

Policy Association: The Economy, Talent, and Artificial Intelligence: Employers Leading Way in New Economy:  


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