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I would like to introduce LawTech Asia’s response to Public Consultation on Model AI Governance Framework published on July 7, 2019. Legal Hackers Seoul has a keen interest in ethical and legal issues in AI, and we had a seminar on this issue last June.

While researching AI governance issues, I came across a Model AI Governance Framework declared by the Personal Data Protection Commission declared on January 23, 2019. Based on a risk-based approach, the Framework emphasizes on procedural due process, and I find this framework has built the groundwork for the development of AI governance.

While reading and analyzing this Framework, I found a response to this Framework written by LawTech Asia, which has close ties with Legal Hackers Seoul. Focusing on the AI in the legal field, this response conveys valuable perspectives on how to apply and improve the Framework in the legal field.

With consent from LawTech Asia, I would like to share this article with you. I expect to invigorate an active discussion on the AI governance issue in Korea. I appreciate friends in LawTech.Asia for allowing us to upload this consultation paper on our page! You can find the original article here.

[LawTech.Asia’s Response to Public Consultation on Model AI Governance Framework]

 By Jennifer Lim, on July 7th 2019

On 23 January 2019, the Personal Data Protection Commission (i.e. the Info-comm Media Development Authority) (the “PDPC”) published its Model Artificial Intelligence Governance Framework (“Model Framework”). The PDPC also launched a public consultation to receive feedback on the Model Framework.

As an organisation committed to thought leadership in law and technology (with AI regulation a key area of focus), LawTech.Asia produced a response to the public consultation on 24 June 2019.

LawTech.Asia’s response comprised the following two sections:

  1. A framework tailored for the implementation of the Model Framework to the legal technology sectors. Tapping on LawTech.Asia’s familiarity with the legal and legal technology sectors, LawTech.Asia produced a customised framework tailored specifically for the implementation of the Model Framework to the legal technology industry. We hope that this customised framework may shed some light in allowing legal technology firms deploying AI to have greater guidance in aligning their practices with some of the implementation guidelines set out in the Model Framework.
  2. Comments and feedback on each specific section covered by the Model Framework. These sections are, namely: the overall principles set out in the Model Framework, internal governance measures, determination of the AI decision-making model, operations management, and customer relations management. Tying our comments together is the thread that the Model Framework could go further in elaborating on some of the guidelines that it had set out, as well as to set out more specifically the ends that the Model Framework is targeted at achieving.

Our response may be downloaded for reference here:

In closing, we emphasise that the views set out within our response are wholly independent. They do not represent the views of any other organisation save for LawTech.Asia.

LawTech.Asia is also grateful to our partner and friend, Ms Shazade Jameson from the World Data Project, for her guidance and assistance in the preparation of our response.

The LawTech.Asia Team