Announcement Comes Ahead of Expected White House Executive Order on AI

Washington, D.C. – TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today released a comprehensive federal framework on the policies needed to regulate artificial intelligence (AI). The framework addresses AI risks while allowing America to maintain its global AI leadership, and comes ahead of an anticipated Biden administration Executive Order on AI on Monday.

The following statement can be attributed to TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore:

“AI has the potential to help us solve the greatest challenges of our time. It is being used to predict severe weather more accurately, protect critical infrastructure, defend against cyber threats, and accelerate the development of new medical treatments, including life-saving vaccines and ways to detect earlier signs of cancer. However, recognizing the genuine risks associated with AI is crucial for its responsible advancement.

“AI regulations must be developed in collaboration with experts to make sure we have the right policies in place that address these risks while ensuring America continues to lead the way. While China and other competitors are striving to win the race for AI dominance, America must be the global leader in its development and deployment so it can be implemented responsibly across the world.

“Our AI policy recommendations are the result of our member companies’ decades of knowledge and experience. By following our framework, lawmakers can address AI’s concerns head-on, strengthen American innovation and global competitiveness, maximize economic opportunity, and ensure AI benefits all Americans.”

TechNet’s Federal AI Policy Framework, which you can find here, includes recommendations for:

  • Protecting the personal information of consumers
  • Calling for a central coordinator of the federal government’s development, deployment, and use of AI systems and ensuring that AI policy and regulations are consistent across agencies and industries
  • Promoting innovation to maintain America’s competitive edge against global adversaries like China
  • Supporting the disclosure of generative AI content to users
  • Deploying risk-based regulations that fill gaps in existing laws and prevent a patchwork of differing state laws
  • Implementing measures to identify, track, and mitigate unintended bias and discrimination
  • Enhancing cybersecurity within AI systems and federal funding of AI-enhanced cybersecurity services and tools
  • Supporting public-private partnerships to help Americans best utilize and improve productivity with automated tools, funding for AI safety research and infrastructure, and hiring AI experts to bolster our federal workforce

Additional background on TechNet’s recent actions and leadership on AI policy:

  • TechNet launched “AI For America,” a $25 million public affairs initiative to promote AI’s current and future benefits and educate and inform Americans on how AI is already improving their lives, growing our economy, and keeping us safe.
  • John Doerr, TechNet co-founder and Executive Council member and Chairman of Kleiner Perkins, and Steve Case, TechNet Executive Council member and Chairman and CEO of Revolution, recently participated in a Senate AI Insight Forum focused on innovation and global competitiveness.
  • TechNet hosted a marquee event on Capitol Hill that brought together over 250 interested parties and 25 expert speakers to discuss the positive impact AI is having and will have on all Americans from every walk of life. Congressman Jay Obernolte (R-CA), Google DeepMind Senior Research Director Douglas Eck, Getaround Founder and CEO Sam Zaid, Nasdaq Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer Brad Peterson, and other industry leaders participated. You can watch the event here.
  • TechNet submitted comments to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) urging them to enforce their existing authority on “fraudulent misrepresentation” and bar deliberately misleading campaign communications generated with AI.
  • TechNet submitted comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy as they were developing their National AI Strategy.
  • TechNet submitted comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy on automated systems in the workplace.
  • TechNet submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on AI system accountability measures and policies.