Nepal Takes First Step Towards AI-Powered Government
With an eye on the societal and economic effects of AI, Nepal is crafting a thorough framework to regulate the technology.
Building an all-encompassing AI governance strategy is now Nepal’s top priority. In light of AI’s increasing hegemony in the world of technology, this endeavor represents a pivotal milestone for the nation. At a recent event, influential people came together to debate and influence this changing environment.
Nepal, along with other Asian nations, is in the forefront of digital governance, according to Krishna Bahadur Raut, secretary at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. In especially for Nepal’s remittance-dependent economy, he brought attention to the fact that AI has the ability to impact vital areas like elections and jobs.
The need of creating proactive AI governance mechanisms was highlighted by Raut’s thoughts. This important conversation was made possible during an event hosted by Digital Rights Nepal, the Department of Languages and Mass Communication at Kathmandu University, and UNESCO.
In order to promote AI development and guarantee its connection with national development objectives, the need for legislative frameworks and policies that do just that was brought up throughout the debate. The media, academia, civic society, technology, and government were among the many sectors represented by the stakeholders who offered their viewpoints. They worked together to find methods to make AI work better while minimizing its downsides and making sure it helps make the world a better, more peaceful place.
Institutions of higher learning are also undergoing transformations in response to new policies. The social significance of artificial intelligence has prompted Kathmandu University to launch Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in the field. In keeping with UNESCO’s mission to ensure that technology progress does not infringe upon human rights, these classes will prepare students to become researchers and developers of artificial intelligence.
Governments across the world are contemplating AI legislation in an effort to curb the technology’s rapid development while also safeguarding basic liberties like free speech and the right to life. This worldwide trend toward balancing technology progress with ethical norms and people’ rights is reflected in Nepal’s approach to AI governance.