Why the G20 Should Lead Multilateral Reform for Inclusive Responsible AI Governance for the Global South
The Think 20 is the official think tank engagement group of the Group of 20 (G20).
Under the "Towards Reformed Multilateralism: Transforming Global Institutions and Frameworks" Taskforce, our Executive Director Shamira Ahmed contributed to this Policy Brief on "Why the G20 Should Lead Multilateral Reform for Inclusive Responsible AI Governance for the Global South."
Artificial intelligence (AI) creates unique challenges for the Global South. While AI presents opportunities for ‘leapfrogging’, it can also result in considerable adverse externalities if it is developed and deployed irresponsibly.
Despite being more susceptible to the negative impacts of AI, current global AI governance initiatives do not reflect Global South realities. Multilateral reform for global AI governance is urgently needed to facilitate a transversal, mission-oriented approach that incorporates multiple stakeholders and ensures the legitimacy of international cooperation. This will help guarantee that systemic consolidation of power and control is addressed, digital dividends are distributed more equitably, and existential AI risks are mitigated to suit the various socioeconomic realities of both the Global South and Global North.
This policy brief recommends that the G20 lead efforts to reflect our interdependent, culturally diverse, and modern society by amplifying participation of the Global South in the development of global AI governance.
The research for this publication, is based on the DepHUB's flagship project on "African AI Futures: Transnational Governance for Society 5.0".