Mapping urban artificial intelligence: 1st report of GOUAI’s Atlas of Urban AI

The Atlas of Urban AI, conceived as the flagship project of the Global Observatory of Urban Artificial Intelligence (GOUAI), has established itself as the largest and most comprehensive openly accessible repository of ethical urban artificial intelligence initiatives worldwide. Building on the research conducted, its 1st report analyses the cases included in the Atlas and provides a comprehensive view of best practices and trends characterising the global evolution of urban AI.  

AI Ethics in Policy and Action: City Governance of Algorithmic Decision Systems

The Observatory’s first output, a framework for the analysis of city initiatives that involve the use or development of artificial intelligence systems. The framework builds on the conclusions of a working session hosted by CIDOB with representatives from the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, UN-Habitat and the Barcelona City Council.

‘Trustworthy Cities: Ethics in the AI Era’ Documentary

Premiered on 15th November 2022, at the Smart City Expo World Congress, the documentary addresses the main challenges associated with the ethical governance of artificial intelligence in urban settings.

‘Trustworthy Cities: Ethical Urban Artificial Intelligence’ Course Module

Part of the course “AI Ethics: Global perspectives”, this module by researcher Marta Galceran (CIDOB) delves into how cities are increasingly embracing the use of algorithmic tools to address all sorts of urban challenges and improve the provision of public services. It also discusses the ethical implications of the use of artificial intelligence in urban contexts and, building on the research of the Global Observatory of Urban Artificial Intelligence, it provides an overview of some of the initiatives and ethical principles promoted by cities.

The Fairness Handbook (Amsterdam Geemente)

Introduction to algorithmic fairness and bias in data and/or algorithms that provides a “Fairness Pipeline”, a step-by-step plan to evaluate a model for biases and to mitigate these problems.

Standard Clauses For Procurement Of Trustworthy Algorithmic Systems

The City of Amsterdam is increasingly using AI and algorithmic systems. In order to use these algorithms in a secure and responsible manner they have developed contractual terms for the algorithms that they purchase from suppliers, which describe which information they require from them. If you like to know more about the terms, the contractual process or use these contractual terms, they are open to the public to use.

The Digital Rights Governance Framework

Defining the foundations, structures and tools to govern digital rights in cities. It focuses on the local safeguarding of human rights in the digital context of city governments. The Framework is a living document and will continue to be updated with inputs from experts, local experiences and the results of the Digital Rights Governance Project.

Public AI Registers: Realising AI transparency and civic participation in government use of AI – White Paper

White Paper introducing the concept of a public AI register as a means for transparency and civic participation in government use of AI. In this paper, the city of Amstedam, Helsinki and Saidot share their work on AI registers and suggest the concept for broader adaptation.

Algorithmic Transparency Standard

The Algorithmic Transparency Standard is a set of shared categories of information that European cities can use to help people understand the algorithmic tools they use, why and how they’re using them. This includes providing information on algorithmic tools and algorithm-assisted decisions in a complete, open, understandable, easily-accessible, and free format. It also allows people to compare different algorithms within and across cities. This standard supports documenting decisions and assumptions for both management of artificial intelligence (AI) governance and provide meaningful transparency in a standardized way. In essence, its a common data schema for algorithm registries that is validated, open-source, publicly available, and ready for use in local algorithm registers.

Made by Eurocities’ Digital Forum Lab in collaboration with Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Eindhoven, Mannheim, Rotterdam and Sofia.

AI Contract clauses for the Procurement of European Public Authorities

The AI clauses are developed for pilot use in the procurement of AI with the aim to establish responsibilities for trustworthy, transparent, and accountable development of AI technologies between the supplier and the public organisation.

Building on the good practice of the City of Amsterdam and considering the latest development of the European proposal for an Artificial Intelligence Act, the clauses have been developed by the legal and financial subgroup of #LivinginEU together with DG GROW and Pels Rijcken, in collaboration with Eurocities ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs) ERRIN Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) and The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).

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