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FPF Roundtable on Governance of Generative AI Systems in APAC

On July 21, FPF organized a high-level closed-door roundtable, titled “Navigating Governance Frameworks for Generative AI Systems in the Asia-Pacific.” The roundtable explored the issues raised by applications of existing and emerging AI governance frameworks in APAC to generative AI systems.

Dominic Paulger (Policy Manager, FPF APAC) kicked off the roundtable with a presentation on the existing governance and regulatory frameworks that apply to generative AI systems in the APAC region. The presentation highlighted that to date, most major APAC jurisdictions have opted for “soft law” approaches to AI governance, such as developing ethical frameworks and voluntary governance frameworks, rather than “hard law” approaches, such as enacting binding regulations. However, the presentation also explained that China is an exception to this rule and has been active in enacting regulations targeting specific AI technologies, such as deep synthesis technologies and most recently, generative AI. In addition, even if they do not specifically target Generative AI, the comprehensive data protection laws enacted in most jurisdictions in the region are also applicable to how these types of computer programs are trained and generally process personal data.

The presentation was followed by three hours of discussion, facilitated by Josh Lee Kok Thong (Managing Director, FPF APAC). The discussions were first initiated by firestarters from industry, regulators, and academia:

Denise Wong (Deputy Commissioner, PDPC);
Jeth Lee (Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Singapore);
Angela Xu (Senior Privacy Counsel, APAC Head, Google);
Leandro Angelo Y. Aguirre (Deputy Commissioner, National Privacy Commission, Philippines);
Vincenzo Tiani (Partner, Panetta, VUB);
Arianne Jimenez (Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Engagement, Meta); ; and
Jason Allen Grant (Director, Centre for AI & Data Governance, and Associate Professor of Law at Singapore Management University Yong Pung How School of Law).
Period21 Jul 2023
Event titleSINGAPORE PDP WEEK 2023
Event typeConference
LocationSingapore, Singapore
Degree of RecognitionInternational