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    MeitY To Unveil National AI Policy In Upcoming Months

    The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will unveil the first draft of a national AI policy in the next five to six months, reported the Business Standard. The new AI regulatory framework will have deep fake regulation as an integral component, a senior government official informed Business Standard. “At present, we are conducting internal consultations with legal minds and other stakeholders. Once we have a reasonable draft, we’ll then engage in broader consultations,” the official said.

    AI not an isolated issue

    According to the report, MeitY is studying AI policy frameworks in different countries and engaging with similar international initiatives such as the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). “AI cannot be seen in isolation or fragmented, as it encompasses several elements. Even when promoting AI — in terms of establishing a regulatory sandbox, addressing patent issues, or fostering responsible AI — all these aspects must be carefully examined,” said the official.

    Stress on AI safety

    Nations across the world are currently enacting a variety of different regulatory frameworks for AI. In March this year, the European Union passed the AI Act, which seeks to regulate AI models based on their potentially harmful effects and risks to human life, democracy and fundamental rights, promoting a “human-centric and trustworthy AI”. Meanwhile, top AI companies have signed a series of international commitments for the development of safe AI models at the Seoul AI Summit cohosted by the UK and South Korea recently.

    The Indian government has also taken steps to promote the development and deployment of indigenous AI models with the IndiaAI Mission, announced in March this year. The initiative would provide up to Rs. 10,000 crore for building computing power to train indigenous AI and deploy them in government. The government has also expressed plans to create a non-personal data collection platform for Indian companies to train AI models on. However, many concerns have been raised about the possibility of deanonymising such datasets.

    The IT ministry issued an advisory earlier this year, asking for “under-tested or unreliable” AI models to be made available only after appropriate labelling and approval from MeiTY. The advisory followed IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s accusations that Google’s AI chatbot Gemini was violative of Rule 3(1)(b) of Intermediary Rules (IT rules) 2021 for its answer to the question “Is Modi a fascist?”

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