What questions should organization boards and executives be asking about AI technologies?

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Jan Begg, Chair SC 40, Wael Diab, Chair SC 42

Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT are changing the way we live and work. Complex business operations use increasingly data-rich systems, in order to enhance products and services.

These technologies bring many benefits, such as enhanced efficiency of manufacturing or improved healthcare delivery and quality of life; however, a number of issues must be addressed, such as new terminology, definitions, ways of doing things, and threats to business viability.

New Joint Working Group with broad stakeholder participation

The recent speed with which AI technologies, such as machine learning and analytics, have pervaded industries, cities, homes and infrastructures, has prompted the urgent need to address governance implications for the use of AI in organizations.

Against this backdrop, IEC and ISO Joint Technical Committee for information technologies (ISO/IEC JTC 1) has established a new Joint Working Group (JWC), with two of its committees (SCs), SC 40: IT Service Management and IT Governance and SC 42: Artificial intelligence. The JWG is tasked with developing the international standard ISO/IEC AWI 38507, Governance implications of the use of artificial intelligence by organizations.

The JWG will draw on the very broad business and IT expertise of SC 40 and SC 42 members and other IEC and ISO technical committees, covering different industries and related technology areas, such as analytics, big data, IoT, cyber security and more, in order to come up with a guidance document that can be understood by both audiences.

Guiding governance

“Time is of the essence and organization leaders need reliable and trusted advice as soon as possible. This new project will use standardized AI terminology and concepts which are being developed by SC 42 in parallel to the JWG development of 38507”, said Jan Begg, Chair, JTC 1/SC 40.

With a focus on business and providing a link with corporate governance, SC 40 looks at how technology areas or opportunities are managed within an organization, and then for people with responsibilities at governance level (board or executive managers), how they think about their governance responsibilities when it comes to technology. Find out more

“The partnership of SC 42 and SC 40 to address the governance implications of AI, through the joint working group, is an opportunity to expand the stakeholders interested in and involved in AI. Furthermore, it adds to the ecosystem approach that SC 42 has undertaken by bringing in another perspective, namely, governance”, said Wael Diab, Chair, JTC 1/SC 42.

SC 42 for AI was setup as a systems integration committee to provide guidance to IEC, ISO and JTC 1 committees looking at AI applications.

AI is a collection of technologies with numerous and different stakeholders who are approaching the deployment of AI systems from a business angle with a focus on customer needs, segments, services, products and regulatory requirements. Thus, it will need industry collaboration across domains, for example, IT and OT for applications in transportation, medical, financial, robotics, manufacturing and more.

For these reasons, SC 42 is the first international standards committee to look at the full AI ecosystem and adopt a broad approach that includes and goes beyond traditional interoperability. Find out more

More about the Joint Working Group

JTC 1 Resolution 11 – JWG between SC 40 and SC 42 on ISO/IEC AWI 38507, Governance implications of the use of artificial intelligence by organizations, was endorsed by JTC 1 and adopted during the 34th Meeting of ISO/IEC JTC 1, 5-8 November 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden, where it assigned the administrative lead to SC 42.

The Convenor is Janna Lingenfelder (Germany) and Dr Gyeung-min Kim is the Co-convenor, both until the end of 2021.

Peter Brown (United Kingdom) was nominated as editor of ISO/IEC AWI 38507.

Over 90 experts from 18 countries have registered to participate in this JWG.

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