Geospatial AI/ML applications and policies – A global perspective

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Geospatial AI/ML applications and policies – A global perspective

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  • The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC), a global not-for-profit trade association of leading geospatial companies in association with our partner organization, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), welcomes you to the Virtual Report Launch of the WGIC report titled “Geospatial AI/ML (GeoAI) Applications and Policies – A Global Perspective.”

    Participants joining this exclusive launch event will also get full access to this report on Geospatial AI/ML (GeoAI) Applications and Policies.

    The study and outcome report by the WGIC titled “Geospatial AI/ML Applications and Policies – A Global Perspective” aims to inform both governments and industry alike about the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) in the geospatial data, technology, and its applications. The report also identifies key global issues and policy intricacies in AI/ML. It highlights the unique needs for analyzing the geospatial sector and the dearth of specialized AI talent.

    The report identifies Geospatial AI/ML (GeoAI) trends and use-cases for the near-term (next two years – starting 2021) and mid-term (up to five years), and long-term. The report further identifies the areas of rapid growth within the geospatial domain and GeoAI trends that will emerge and evolve with Computer Science & Information Technology’s rapid technological developments.

    The report reviews the laws and legislation related to AI governance in twelve countries¹ and the European Union that provides a global representation, mainly covering the most technologically advanced markets. The report implies a new set of laws for AI governance will be enacted in major jurisdictions in the coming years to tackle the issues around fairness, explainability, intellectual property, and data privacy.

    The report’s recommendations include policy principles for the geospatial industry to follow on ethics and privacy so that citizens and policymakers can build trust in the geospatial industry. The report calls for industry cooperation on tests and audits for AI systems, categorizes use-cases by harm levels so that governments can calibrate regulations, and promotes open data and other mechanisms to increase data access for all players to boost innovation. Further, the report advocates to governments the need for adaptive GeoAI policies that align with the new normal.

    The report is available for download at

    ¹ Twelve countries/regions covered in the study and report – Australia, Brazil, China, European Union, India, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.

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