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Implementing AI Governance for your organisation

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Jon Bance
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Appropriate AI Governance 

In an era where artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly evolving, weaving its intricate threads into the fabric of our daily lives, the question of appropriate governance for AI has emerged as a pivotal concern. As we stand on the cusp of a new technological revolution, the need for a balanced and effective governance framework becomes paramount for businesses of all sizes. Such a framework must not only foster innovation and drive economic growth but also ensure the ethical use of AI, protect individual rights, and prevent harm. This short article provides insight and direction in an aim to cut through the complexities of AI governance, exploring the multifaceted approaches required to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by this transformative technology. 

Our view of how AI is being adopted today 

  • Many organisations default accountability for AI to IT, or don’t assign accountability at all. Responsible governance requires the business to take accountability for their approach to AI as has become the case with Data Governance in many businesses over the last 5 years. 
  • Very few organisations have a formal and structured approach to AI governance: 
  • AI can introduce or intensify risks that affect the entire organisation, but most organisations haven’t integrated AI risks in their enterprise risk management framework. 
  • Most organisations don’t assign accountability for AI, or it defaults to the CIO – and yet authority and true accountability remain with the business. 
  • Policies are published without any controls to monitor and enforce compliance. 


Without proper governance in place a number of potential threats and risks exist, these are summarised.   


  • Ethical – An increase in bias, discrimination, and unfair treatment within AI systems. A lack of oversight may result in unintended consequences and reinforce societal inequalities. 
  • Privacy – AI’s handling of massive personal data sets cranks up the risk dial, making weak data protection a ticking time bomb. Privacy breaches and snooping into sensitive info could become a grim reality. 
  • Transparency – Transparency is the cornerstone of AI accountability. Without governance, the black box tightens—developers aren’t pushed to unveil their algorithmic secrets, clouding accountability and eroding trust. 
  • Inconsistent standards – The lack of standardised AI practices creates a disjointed field, as organisations follow their own technological paths. Such disparity hinders interoperability and complicates the establishment of universal ethical norms, turning AI development into an unruly frontier. 
  • Regulatory – Without AI governance, regulatory frameworks might fall short or vanish entirely, leaving a void where AI technologies can be unleashed unchecked, risking misuse or abuse. 
  • Public mistrust – Worries over AI’s ethical dilemmas and possible dangers can undermine public confidence. The absence of governance fuels doubts and scepticism, obstructing the broad embrace of AI technologies. 
  • Stifling innovation - Whilst governance is pivotal for fostering trust in AI development, a framework that’s too stringent or murky could stifle innovation. Finding the proper equilibrium is vital to promote technological progress whilst mitigating risks. 
  • Accountability – In the absence of defined governance frameworks, pinpointing accountability for AI system failures or adverse outcomes proves problematic. Instituting clear responsibility is crucial for rectifying issues and enhancing AI systems incrementally. 


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