The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has released a paper in which it states that the Australian federal government should appoint a chief technologist to increase trust in emerging technologies and provide a link between government and of the public.
In it Technology and Trust Paper 2021, CEDA discusses a global report found confidence in the technology sector to continue to fall, while confidence in government, media, and nongovernment organizations grew.
“In terms of trust in the Australian community, the tech sector sits at the center of the industry pack, which was formerly a highly trusted sector. Whether this represents a shift to a more realistic level of trust in the sector, or a trend towards mistrust – ‘the more tech we use the less we trust’ – the prospect of eroding trust and licensing in society presents challenges for policy makers, developers, and users of the same technology, “the report said.
Appointment of a national chief technologist
CEDA considers that the appointment of a chief technologist in Australia will provide a balanced, expert voice about the benefits of new technologies and how to maintain trust. It will also provide a place to meet community expectations, which will enhance community trust and confidence.
“Such a role will promote clear leadership, align our frameworks, and more directly deliver Australia’s data and technology considerations and decisions to the community,” the report said.
CEDA did not put any names forward, but stated the national chief technologist was:
- Enable a long -term focus on emerging technologies.
- Guide the development and implementation of digital and tech strategies.
- Aims to communicate the opportunities, challenges, and risks of emerging technologies.
- Provide advice and act as a fact check on advice that policy makers may hear from other sources.
- Align efforts across jurisdictions, and promote greater capacity within government to respond to technology issues.
The chief technologist must understand the needs of the public to ride on technology and data, as well as have significant expertise, an understanding of community attitudes, and an ability to enable collaboration, rather than competition, across all scope.
CEDA said having a chief technologist would demonstrate Australia’s commitment to the development and use of tech while maintaining public trust. The overseer will oversee the creation of strong and transparent technology assessments that will provide objective advice on emerging technologies, their potential impacts, and policy implications. CEDA said it will also increase understanding of critical data and tech issues among policy makers and the wider community. “They should also advance Australia’s interest in international forums,” said Melinda Cilento, CEO of CEDA.
CEDA said ensuring trust is taken into account throughout the tech development process which means potential risks can be identified and addressed early. “Critically applying a“ safe, responsible, and sustainable lens ”from tech ideation to adoption and use means some risks can be designed in the process.It’s better than relying on trouble. -remember and often unfair policies and regulations that can be difficult to enforce and enforce when technologies are widespread, ”the report stated.
Building trust amid an Australian “musical chair” minister
With “different initiatives and programs” and a “music chair” minister who has seen seven technology ministers appointed over eight years, the Australian government needs resilience to achieve the goal of making Australia a leading nation. in 2030, CEDA said.
Cilento said in a statement that it is important to make sure the public understands and accepts these ambitions, and their expectations are reflected in them. “Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants Australia to be a‘ leading digital country by 2030 ’,” Cilento said. “What is missing, however, is clarity about what this means, how we can get there, and how Australia can manage the opportunities and risks of emerging technology while maintaining community support.”
CEDA questioned the ongoing ministerial change. “This ministerial churn has weakened our ability to develop expertise and competence in the future, and raises doubts about the government’s commitment to this agenda,” the report said.
Australian ministers for Industry, Science, and Technology over the past eight years:
- Christian Porter is the current minister, appointed in March 2021.
- Karen Andrews will be a minister from August 2018 to March 2021.
- Arthur Sinodinos was minister from January to December 2017.
- Greg Hunt was a minister from July 2016 to January 2017.
- Christopher Pyne was a minister from September 2015 to July 2016.
- Ian Macfarlane was a minister from September 2013 to September 2015.
The road to a leading digital nation
CEDA plans to work with stakeholders from industry and government to build awareness of the importance of the technology strategy and agenda in the public interest, advance its recommendations, and advocate for their adoption.
Through the Public interest Technology agenda, in 2021 CEDA will:
- Demonstrate examples of technology and confidence training, including “tech for good” and government technology (enhanced service delivery using technology).
- Use the power of its aggregation and diverse membership base and stakeholder connections to explore ways in which transparency around the state of the game can be increased regarding the responsible use of technology.
- Understand and share best practices in the management and use of AI in practice, ensuring that the principles of commitment and ethics are true and apparent to the wider community.
- Work with its advisory committee members and broader membership base to discuss strategies to raise awareness and understanding of these issues in the tech range, building on the collaborative and multidisciplinary processes already in place in some institutions such as CSIRO, Australian National University, and the University of Technology Sydney.
- Conduct work on how to develop digital literacy and inclusion.
CEDA will continue to advocate for changes to Australia’s migration system and policies to improve access to skilled migrants Australia needs digital, data, and tech. “If Australia realizes its full potential through the continued use of technology, these necessary skills will continue to grow,” the report said.
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