IGF 2023 WS #410 Designing Principles on Government as a Data Provider for AI

Organizer 1: Adams Rachel , Research ICT Africa
Organizer 2: King Stephanie, CEIMIA
Organizer 3: Jackline Akello, Research ICT Africa
Organizer 4: Jean Cyliu, GPAI

Speaker 1: Adams Rachel , Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 2: Jhalak Mrignayani Kakkar, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: King Stephanie, Civil Society, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 4: Claude Migisha, Government, African Group


Jackline Akello, Civil Society, African Group

Online Moderator

Jean Cyliu, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group


Jackline Akello, Civil Society, African Group


Panel - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

What are the ways in which governments can use the data they steward to support the development of AI, including the technical and regulatory facilities required to safely and responsibly share data of this kind?
What regulatory safeguards need to be in place to ensure the sharing of government data to AI developers is safe, inclusive, rights-preserving and sustainable?
What principles need to guide policy-making and regulatory frameworks to support the responsible provision of government data for AI development?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will learn about the role that governments can play in the responsible provision of data for the deployment of AI systems. They will understand how data generated by governments can be harnessed to develop AI systems that serve public interest and the realization of developmental priorities, in contexts around the world. They will also understand the parameters that need to be put in place to ensure that data sharing, including cross-border data sharing, by governments with AI developers is rights-preserving and, more pertinently, participate in designing the approach required to develop principles to guide policy-making in this regard.


This session will facilitate a discussion around designing principles to guide the establishment of regulation to safeguard equitable and just provision of government data for AI development. The provision of government data is critical for the development of AI tools that support public interest matters and realisation of development goals. A global research project is currently underway by Research ICT Africa, as part of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI)’s Data Governance Working Group, to understand the current state of how governments are sharing data with AI developers. The project is exploring different practices and examples from around the world, and includes an examination of the technical and regulatory facilities being deployed to share data responsibly, the challenges arising, as well as the anticipated ways in which the provision of government data can bolster the use of AI for good.

The session will begin with a brief presentation on the findings made by Research ICT Africa and GPAI on global practices and approaches to the provision of government data for AI development. The presentation will be followed by a menti-meter activity to engage the onsite and online audience on their reactions to the key issues and opportunities identified in the research. While the menti-meter is running, one onsite speaker will function as a respondent offering their review of the research. The onsite chair of the session will then introduce the session activity to establish approaches to develop principles to guide governance of the provision of government data for AI development. 20 minute breakout groups will be facilitated with the online attendees, and the onsite attendees will form one group. The session will close with a quick report back from the breakout groups and a short overview of the way forward and how participants can continue engaging in the work.

Expected Outcomes

The discussions of the session will be incorporated into the final report being drafted by Research ICT Africa and CEIMIA for the GPAI Working Group on Data Governance, and will be used as a critical tool to support policy-makers around the world in decision-making about government data sharing for AI. In particular, the discussion will contribute to defining and shaping the final section of the report which sets out an approach for developing principles to guide and underpin the development of just and equitable regulatory frameworks to govern the provision of government data to responsible AI developers. The report will be presented at the GPAI Summit in December 2023, where key national and inter-governmental decision-makers will be present.

Hybrid Format: Onsite and online attendees will be engaged at the beginning of the session through a menti-meter exercise, the results of which will be presented and discussed. A third of the session (20 mins) will be dedicated to break-out rooms with online and onsite participants to facilitate engagement and discussion about the topic of the session. Online participants will be split into groups of 10, and supported by a dedicated online facilitator from our team. A specific member of the team will be online and dedicated to supporting the participation of online participants.