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Global calls for inclusive AI progress at World Economic Forum

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Davos, Switzerland - A World Economic Forum-led alliance of governments, companies, and experts released a series of reports today highlighting the need for greater access, governance, and accountability in global AI development.

The reports call for international coordination, multi-stakeholder governance, transparency, education, and public-private partnerships to adapt AI models to local contexts, particularly in developing countries.

The reports warn that AI while promising, risks exacerbating the digital divide if steps aren't taken to make AI innovation more inclusive globally. 

In addition, the AI Governance Alliance, a World Economic Forum initiative to shape the growth of AI, released a framework today to promote shared accountability and proactive risk management across the model lifecycle.

The Presidio Framework outlines perspectives on standardizing and scaling AI's responsible integration across organizations. 

It emphasizes using case-based assessments, transparent communication, change management focused on societal value, and multi-stakeholder decision-making.

The framework adds to growing calls for global equitable AI progress, detailed in accompanying Alliance reports on topics ranging from generative AI governance to unlocking its potential responsibly.

Policy recommendations include improving data quality and availability for resource-poor countries, increasing access to computation, and establishing oversight frameworks to support deployment and integration. 

Case studies highlight responsible applications in sectors such as health and education.

Comments from government ministers signal ongoing commitments in the UAE and Rwanda to comprehensive national AI strategies and regional cooperation. 

Technology leaders from IBM and Accenture, who contributed to the reports, reiterated the need for ethical guardrails and priorities such as access to emerging markets.