Tempo is reporting that Indonesia’s Communications and Informatics (Kominfo) Minister, Budi Arie Setiadi has stated that the ministry will soon launch ethical guidelines for the usage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the country.
The ethical guidelines will be provided under a circular letter or a ministerial regulation, he said. “Depends on the need, [the guideline] is just a starter to wait for the next development. The regulatory level will be adjusted,” he said on Wednesday (13/12/23.)
Tempo reports that Kominfo aims to learn from countries that have already implemented AI ethical guidelines, such as European countries, adding that despite its beneficial aspects, AI could also prove to be a risk for society, thus necessitating a guideline to regulate its utilization.
“We cannot outright reject AI’s development but we must regulate the minimization of its negative impacts,” he said.
When asked about the launch date of the ethical guideline, the minister emphasized that it is sooner rather than later, say Tempo, adding that earlier, deputy Kominfo Minister Nezar Patria mentioned that the ministry will launch a circular letter concerning AI in Indonesia.
According to Nezar, the circular letter will become the guideline for the ecosystem of AI development in Indonesia, including for businesspeople to communities. From design, development, and utilization, he said.
Tempo writes that the circular letter would be what is known as a soft regulation with no imperative consequences. “The ethical circular letter on artificial intelligence is intended as a reference to adoptable principles for the ecosystem of AI development,” Nezar said.