FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Key Actions … – The White House

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Today, the Biden-Harris Administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy released a Blueprint for a “Bill of Rights” to help guide the design, development, and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) and other automated systems so that they protect the rights of the American public. President Biden is standing up to special interests and has long said it is time to hold big technology companies accountable for the harms they cause and to ensure the American public is protected in an increasingly automated world. The framework builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s work to hold big technology accountable, protect the civil rights of Americans, and ensure technology is working for the American people.
Automated technologies are increasingly used to make everyday decisions affecting people’s rights, opportunities, and access in everything from hiring and housing, to healthcare, education, and financial services. While these technologies can drive great innovations, like enabling early cancer detection or helping farmers grow food more efficiently, studies have shown how AI can display opportunities unequally or embed bias and discrimination in decision-making processes. As a result, automated systems can replicate or deepen inequalities already present in society against ordinary people, underscoring the need for greater transparency, accountability, and privacy.
The Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights addresses these urgent challenges by laying out five core protections to which everyone in America should be entitled:
Developed through extensive consultation with the American public, stakeholders, and U.S. government agencies, the Blueprint also includes concrete steps which governments, companies, communities, and others can take in order to build these key protections into policy, practice, or technological design to ensure automated systems work for the American people.
“Automated technologies are driving remarkable innovations and shaping important decisions that impact people’s rights, opportunities, and access. The Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights is for everyone who interacts daily with these powerful technologies — and every person whose life has been altered by unaccountable algorithms,” said Office of Science and Technology Policy Deputy Director for Science and Society Dr. Alondra Nelson. “The practices laid out in the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights aren’t just aspirational; they are achievable and urgently necessary to build technologies and a society that works for all of us.”
“The Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and federal actions we are announcing today deliver on the President’s day one promise to support policies that advance equity and economic opportunity for the American people,” said White House Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice. “Taken together, these actions will help tackle algorithmic discrimination and address the harms of automated systems on underserved communities.”
Biases in automated systems span sectors and can threaten the rights of the American public. In recent years, these tools have been used to surveil workers in the workplace, in some cases restricting their ability to organize; monitor and falsely accuse students of cheating; wrongfully deny benefits to older Americans in need of health care; and arrest people for crimes they did not commit. Investigations have repeatedly found that big technology platforms, companies, and developers are deploying discriminatory algorithms and harming the public.
Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is also announcing actions across the Federal government that advance the Blueprint by protecting and supporting the American people—workers and employers, educators and students, patients and health care providers, veterans, renters and home owners, technologists, families, and communities:
Protecting workers:
Protecting consumers:
Protecting students and supporting educators:
Protecting patients and assisting health care providers:
Ensuring fair access to housing:
Leading by example and advancing democratic values:
Guiding and supporting technologists and entrepreneurs:
U.S. law and policy already provides a range of protections that can be applied to these technologies and the harms they enable. Where law or policy does not already provide guidance, the Blueprint should be used to inform policy-making to fill those gaps.
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