UK aims to be at the forefront of global thinking on AI

Will the UK legislate on AI? We’ll find out on 7 November whether an AI Bill is included in the King’s Speech. For now, the government is announcing new initiatives. By Laura Linkomies.

The government’s March 2023 policy paper A pro-innovation approach to AI regulation clarified the government’s approach which is sector-based, relying on existing regulators, and largely following the OECD’s AI privacy principles(1).

The House of Commons Committee on Science, Innovation and Technology has since implied that the government should consider introducing new AI legislation in the forthcoming King’s Speech(2). This new session of Parliament will be the last opportunity before the General Election for the UK to legislate on the governance of AI. Following the election, it is unlikely that new legislation could be enacted until late 2025 — more than two years from now and nearly three years from the publication of the AI White Paper, MPs say.

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