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China Issues Code of Ethics for New-Generation AI

Mon, 01 Nov 2021
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 25 Sept. 2021, the National Special Committee of New-generation Artificial Intelligence Governance issued the “Code of Ethics for New-generation Artificial Intelligence” (hereinafter “the Code of Ethics”, 新一代人工智能伦理规范), aiming to integrate ethics and morals into the whole life cycle of AI and provide ethical guidance for stakeholders engaged in AI-related activities.

The Code of Ethics clearly states that various AI-related activities shall comply with six fundamental ethical norms, including promoting human well-being, improving fairness and impartiality, protecting privacy and security, ensuring controllability and credibility, intensifying the assumption of responsibilities, and enhancing ethical cultivation.

Certain AI activities shall observe 18 ethical requirements, which cover management norms, research and development norms, supply norms, and use norms.

Management norms include promoting agile governance, active practice demonstration, correct exercise and use of rights, strengthening risk prevention, and promoting inclusiveness and openness.

Research and development norms include strengthening the awareness of self-discipline, improving data quality, enhancing security and transparency, and avoiding bias and discrimination.

Supply norms include respecting market rules, improving quality control, safeguarding users' rights and interests, and strengthening emergency guarantees.

Use norms include advocating use in good faith, avoiding misuse or abuse, prohibiting illegal and malicious use, giving timely and active feedback, and boosting the useability.



Cover Photo by Xu Haiwei ( on Unsplash

Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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