Report: AI Governance in Southeast Asia


The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is growing in Southeast Asia, with governments in the region showing interest in harnessing AI for national development. AI technologies have major implications on human rights, privacy, media, and democracy, and its growing use in the region raises questions on the need to set governance mechanisms and protect people against potential harms and risks. 

In partnership with researcher Dr Jun-E Tan, EngageMedia has produced research that aims to provide an understanding of AI and its governance from the perspective of civil society in Southeast Asia. The report explores the question: How can civil society participate in AI governance or intervene in other ways to safeguard AI safety and security?

The report maps out existing weaknesses and challenges within the region that impact Southeast Asian countries’ ability to reap the benefits of AI on their own terms and manage technology governance in their own contexts. Drawing from interviews with AI experts and academics in the fields of governance, human rights, and technology, the report provides recommendations on how best to approach policymaking and advocacy, and the potential roles that civil society can play for strategic participation in AI governance.

Access the full report below.

This report is also part of EngageMedia’s broader efforts to document how artificial intelligence affects Southeast Asia, from its benefits and uses, to its complications and dangers

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