Reaction Document to the Consultation on Malta’s Ethical AI Framework

MITLA publishes its response to the open consultation launched by the Malta AI Taskforce and the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Malta Information Technology Law Association (MITLA) has published its feedback submitted in response to the open consultation launched by the Malta AI Taskforce and the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister on the guiding Ethical AI Principles and Trustworthy AI Requirements set out in the document circulated for the purpose of the open consultation titled ‘Malta: Towards Trustworthy AI’ in August.

Generally, MITLA commends this initiative and the drive towards building an ethical AI framework for Malta, being that such efforts go hand in hand with the principle of building AI systems which are human-centric and which reflect, echo and promote the interests of the societies in which they are implemented.

MITLA hopes and recommends that the AI Taskforce follows up on the feedback provided and does not engage in any knee-jerk reactions to industry developments which are geared solely towards attracting foreign investment, before having first taken on board and implemented the suggestions made to bolster Malta’s legal framework in line with industry requirements and discussions undertaken at EU level and internationally.

MITLA finally encourages the Taskforce to involve all stakeholders and publish the results of this public consultation in a timely manner so as not to lose the momentum gathered by this public initiative towards the formulation of a Maltese ethical framework for the development of AI.

Reaction Document available here.