April 29, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, global tech trade association ITI offered recommendations to help shape and strengthen the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework. In comments submitted to NIST, ITI underscored the need to ensure coherence and coordination with other NIST Frameworks, international standards bodies, and other international approaches to AI governance. ITI also recommended that NIST prioritize the development of the associated Practice Guide as an instrumental resource to help organizations effectively utilize the Framework.

“We appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback to NIST as it continues to hone the AI Risk Management Framework,” ITI wrote in the comments. “We believe this tool has the potential to be incredibly useful, but NIST must further work to align the Framework with existing standards and continue to consider key questions in the context of the Framework. ITI and its members take seriously AI risk management and look forward to continuing our engagement with NIST moving forward.”

ITI offered overarching recommendations to help NIST further develop its AI Framework:

  • Maintain coherence with prior works, clearly establishing a linkage between the AI Risk Management Framework and the Cybersecurity and Privacy Frameworks.

  • Leverage and align the Framework with standards that are published or currently under development in international standards bodies.

  • Maintain and foster consistency of the Framework internationally to the extent possible.

  • Clarify how risks differ for human facing and non-human facing AI systems, as well as introduce appropriate risk evaluation criteria.

  • More clearly account for contingencies in the Framework.

Read the full comments here.

ITI is actively engaged in AI policy around the world. In March 2021, ITI published the Global AI Policy Recommendations aimed to help governments facilitate an environment that supports AI while simultaneously recognizing that there are challenges that need to be addressed as the uptake of AI grows around the world. In September 2021, ITI submitted comments to NIST’s RFI on an AI Risk Management Framework on fostering trust in AI technology, including responding to the RFI on the AI RMF Concept Paper in January 2022.

Public Policy Tags: Artificial Intelligence