Q2/2019 - OECD
The annual meeting of the OECD Ministerial Council on 22 to 23 May 2019 focussed on digitisation issues. With the compilation of an OECD recommendation on the development and application of artificial intelligence the OECD Going Digital Summit in March 2019 had rendered the essential preparatory work. The recommendation was adopted by the meeting of the OECD Ministerial Council. This has made the OECD one of the main drivers for establishing political and legal framework conditions for the development of artificial intelligence. The text of the recommendation was drafted in close consultation with the G20 countries. At the subsequent G20 summit in Osaka at the end of June 2019, the content of the OECD recommendation was fully endorsed by the attendants.
In his opening speech, OECD Secretary-General José Angel Gurria pointed out that digitisation was one of the OECD’s key issues. At the same time, he drew attention to the contradiction inherent in digitisation: Providing unprecedented opportunities on the one hand, digitisation also went along with considerable risks. The OECD had to address these to ensure that digitisation brought more benefits than harm to people. Opportunities had to be maximised, while the risks needed to be reduced to minimum level.
The OECD program "Going Digital" is now entering its second phase. Next to the further development of artificial intelligence, it will focus in particular on a global digital tax, the role of online platforms and the next generation of digital innovation.