The International Telecommunication Union organized a roundtable on the
Global Initiative on AI and Data Commons on
30 and 31 January 2020 at ITU headquarters in
The demand for this initiative was
formulated at the third AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, May 2019, and was further discussed by the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group in Geneva, September 2019.
The goal of the initiative is to develop an enabling infrastructure to help problem owners and AI innovators collaborate and accelerate progress towards the
2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This initiative takes aim at defining how to approach problem solving using AI and data and make it available as a common resource to achieve scale.
The initiative will bring together AI specialists and data owners from industry, academia, member states, UN agencies and civil society to develop knowledge, specifications and guidelines to scale AI solutions with the help of shared datasets, testing and simulation environments, collaborative sandboxes, AI models and associated software, data discoverability and storage and computing resources.
The initiative is also expected to offer cross cutting support to many standardization efforts including ITU’s own ongoing studies on
AI and health,
machine learning and IMT-2020 (5G) systems,
environmental efficiency of AI, and
performance of AI systems on our roads.
Participation in this event was free of charge and open to all interested parties from countries that are a member of ITU. Remote participation was provided for the roundtable.