Launched in June 2020, GPAI ("gee-pay") is a multistakeholder initiative bringing together leading experts from science, industry, civil society, international organizations and government that share values to bridge the gap between theory and practice on AI by supporting cutting-edge research and applied activities on AI-related priorities.
We aim to provide a mechanism for sharing multidisciplinary research and identifying key issues among AI practitioners, with the objective of facilitating international collaboration, reducing duplication, acting as a global reference point for specific AI issues, and ultimately promoting trust in and the adoption of trustworthy AI.
Through the collaboration within our working groups, GPAI assesses – on a comprehensive, objective, open, and transparent basis – the scientific, technical, and socio-economic information relevant to understanding AI impacts, encouraging its responsible development and options for adaptation and mitigation of potential challenges.
In its first few years, GPAI experts will collaborate across four working groups on the themes of responsible AI (including a subgroup on AI and pandemic response), data governance, the future of work, and innovation and commercialization.
Members and participants of GPAI are brought together first and foremost by a shared commitment to the values expressed in the OECD Recommendation on Artificial Intelligence. All GPAI activities are intended to foster responsible development of AI grounded in these principles of human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth.
GPAI has a Council and a Steering Committee, supported by a Secretariat hosted by the OECD, and two Centres of Expertise: one in Montreal (CEIMIA, the International Centre of Expertise in Montreal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) and one in Paris (at INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology).
These centres will facilitate GPAI’s four working groups and their research and practical projects, across various sectors and disciplines. The working groups will initially focus on four themes:
- Responsible AI (Montreal)
- Data governance (Montreal)
- The future of work (Paris)
- Innovation and commercialization (Paris)
The centres also organized the first annual GPAI Multi-stakeholder Experts Group Plenary, which was hosted by Canada and the Montreal Centre of Expertise (ICEMAI) during the GPAI Montreal Summit 2020 in December.
Why is the GPAI Secretariat hosted at the OECD?
Hosting the GPAI Secretariat at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will facilitate strong synergies between GPAI’s scientific and technical work and the international AI policy leadership provided by the OECD, strengthening the evidence base for policy aimed at responsible AI.
The OECD is also a permanent observer to GPAI’s governing bodies and contributes experts to participate in GPAI’s working groups and the annual Multi-stakeholder Experts Group Plenary.
In addition to OECD Secretariat input as observers, GPAI working groups benefit from some experts that also contribute to the OECD Network of Experts on AI (ONE AI) and support the complementarity of these activities. The OECD Policy Observatory on Artificial Intelligence is a recognized resource for GPAI members and participants alike, and its AI Policy Wonk blog has featured several GPAI experts.
What is the process for countries to join GPAI?
Membership in GPAI is open to countries, including emerging and developing countries. Those interested in applying should contact the GPAI Secretariat and submit an application that includes a letter of intent setting out reasons for seeking membership, as well as confirmation that the applicant endorses the shared values reflected in the OECD Recommendation on AI or, for applicants that are not adherents to the OECD Recommendation, the Principles on Artificial Intelligence in Annex A to the GPAI Terms of Reference.
How can experts participate in GPAI?
GPAI provides opportunities for participation to experts from a variety of sectors, including science, industry, civil society, and regional or international organizations.
Experts are selected as individuals and do not represent their organization or country. Experts can be nominated by GPAI members or self-nominated to participate in GPAI’s working groups for a renewable term of 1-2 years.
- Elizabeth Thomas-Raynaud, GPAI Secretariat, for questions about membership in GPAI, the GPAI Council, or the GPAI Steering Committee.
- Jacques Rajotte, Executive Director of the Montreal Centre of Expertise, for questions about GPAI’s working group on responsible AI (including the subgroup on AI and pandemic response) and working group on data governance.
- Isabelle Herlin, Director of the Paris Centre of Expertise, for questions about GPAI’s working groups on future of work and innovation and commercialization.