Germany AI Strategy

Artificial Intelligence Strategy(2019)

Overview of the strategy

Germany’s AI plan lists three main goals:

1. Aim to make Germany and Europe a leading center for AI and thus help safeguard Germany’s competitiveness in the future. 

2. Insure responsible development and use of AI which serves the good of society.

3. Integrate AI into society in ethical, legal, cultural, and institutional terms through public discourse and policy measures.

Twelve action items to reach these goals:

1. Strengthen research in Germany and Europe on AI

2. Create centers of innovation competition in Germany and Europe

3. Provide targeted support to help smaller companies adopt AI

4. Improve access to venture capital to help start new AI-based companies

5. Study employment forecasts to adjust strategies to make AI adoption more humane

6. Treat AI as an inter-disciplinary subject in the support of vocational training and attracting talent

7. Integrate AI into the public sector for a more efficient and accessible government

8. Increase the availability of data held by the public and private sector while protecting personal rights, the right to control one’s data, and other fundamental rights

9. Review the existing regulatory framework to make sure AI-based decisions are “ethics by, in and for design”

10. Provide funding to experts and SMEs to take part in setting international AI standards

11. Work on an international level including the EU, regional agreements and guidelines, and economic cooperation to advance AI development

12. Keep an open dialogue with the public while advancing the AI strategy             


Data governance in the strategy

  • Does the AI plan mention data governance?

Yes

  • Does the AI plan discuss open public data?

Yes; the strategy includes: 
– Assessing existing requirements for making data available in a public database following the completion of government-financed research projects
–  Providing high-performance computing resources to improve accessibility of Earth observation data
– Providing non-personal public-sector data as open data

  • Does the AI plan discuss proprietary data?

Yes; the strategy directly acknowledges the importance of machine-generated data from industrial and business-to-business contexts. Trust must be increased in the infrastructure and institutions managing companies’ data because their data is their most important asset and often involves confidential business information or trade secrets.

  • Does the AI plan discuss personal data?

Yes; the strategy lays out that personal rights, the right to control one’s own data or other fundamental rights must not be violated in the use of data and that this must be done at the EU level. The strategy also suggests inviting data protection authorities and business associations for a roundtable to develop joint guidelines on the use of AI systems that is compatible with data protection rules.

  • Does the AI plan discuss the mixing of data (hybrid)?

No

  • Has the government consulted with the public on its AI strategy?

Yes; the AI strategy was based on suggestions taken from a nationwide online consultation.