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AI: understanding a fragmented policy landscape

The state of play of the global AI policy debate and its impact on commercial strategy

The launch of ChatGPT has transformed the political debate around artificial intelligence (AI). While AI systems had already been deployed widely across many businesses, its sophistication and the fact that the public were able to directly interact with it, has sharply shifted appreciation of AI’s future potential.
Faced with a rush to regulate but without a clear agenda for international cooperation and coordination, companies deploying AI systems face an increasing patchwork of competing compliance obligations globally. With increasing AI competition between the US and China, and the rise of AI nationalism more broadly, such fragmentation could develop into contradictory and competing obligations which companies must navigate globally. 
Our global team has a strong track record helping clients across different sectors to analyse, assess and engage with national, regional and international AI regulatory agendas. 
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Understand and track

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Understand the drivers of emerging technology regulatory initiatives and what policymakers are trying to achieve.

Track the political and policy debates in the US, EU, UK and other major policy centres which shape the form and likely impact of regulatory frameworks.

Understand the interplay between competing national and regional legal frameworks, as well as initiatives at an international level to collaborate and coordinate.

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Assess and prioritise

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Prioritise the key markets for compliance and regulatory development for your business.

Assess opportunities and risks around evolving policy frameworks and develop strategies to respond to them in those key markets.

Assess opportunities for engaging with multilateral or plurilateral policymaking bodies to influence the establishment of global AI standards or principles before they are adopted at national or regional level.

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Contribute and engage

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Engage constructively with policymakers on policy design questions for emerging national, regional and international AI frameworks. 

Contribute and deploy data points and illustrative use cases to inform government policy development with regards to private sector deployment of AI.

Contribute expertise and technical insights to shape the establishment of policies on the deployment of AI within the public sector.

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The global AI policy team are specialists with regulatory and policy expertise across sectors and markets. They translate their experience from government, trade departments, politics, think tanks, international organizations, and business to advise clients at all levels, including C-Suites, boards, and government/public affairs and operational teams.

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