Ukraine Publishes Road Map for AI RegulationKyiv Sees Regulation As A Pathway to Closer European Integration
The Ukrainian government says it will introduce artificial intelligence regulations, a step it portrays partially as a way to draw closer to the European Union, where rules for AI systems are in the final stages of approval.
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Ukraine's Ministry of Digital Transformation on Saturday said it anticipates starting next year on the development of a regulatory proposal, after trading bloc officials conclude negotiations between the European Council and the European Parliament over the AI Act (see: Europe Closes in on Rules for Artificial Intelligence).
Proactive embrace of rules and regulations will enable Ukrainian access to global markets and closer integration with the EU, the ministry said.
According to a regulatory three-year road map, Ukraine will at first encourage a culture of self-regulation through voluntary codes. It will later adopt a law similar to the AI Act, a bill that mandates increasingly strict limits on AI that correspond to the application's risk to society. One application that could face a total continental ban is real-time identification in public places based on facial images or other biometrics, although the European Council wants an exception for law enforcement.
Kyiv requested fast-tracked admission into the European Union bloc just days after Russia initiated a war of conquest in February 2022. The European Council granted candidate status in June 2022 and could initiate formal ascension talks as soon as December.
Ukraine already uses AI in its fight to expel the Russian military including to spot targets with satellite imagery and cull intelligence such as soldier movements from open sources, the Center for New American Security reported earlier this year.
AI's rapid evolution has governments across the world racing to understand and regulate while cautioning that they want to take advantage of its potential. World leaders vowed to focus on responsible development and deployment of AI at the G20 Summit in September. The United States has developed guidelines and is set to release an executive order to govern the technology.