The standard government agency procurement process was devised to eliminate graft and cronyism, reduce costs, and enable fair bidding opportunities. But some say those systems don’t cut it when it comes to government use of AI systems. Whether used to automate responses to constituent letters, for taxation purposes, or in predictive policing risk assessments, by the very nature of their automated decision making, AI creates policy. This is why some are pushing for more democratic processes for AI procurement and partnerships.
RedTail’s Kate Kaye recently wrote about efforts from UC Berkeley law professors, AI Now Institute, Sunlight Foundation and others to guide new approaches to government procurement and use of AI.