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Children, a key yet missed demographic in AI regulation

  • Published
    26th Sep, 2023

Context:

India's hosting global AI summits and a nationwide call for AI ethics is necessary to highlight AI's impact on economy and child safety concerns.

Importance of AI Summits in India

  • AI summits: India is hosting global AI summits, highlighting AI's economic significance, projected to add 500 billion dollars by 2025.
  • Urge for a framework: Prime Minister of India has also called for global AI ethics framework.
  • Considering Children: There is a need to focus on protecting children as they access AI-based digital services.

Challenges in Regulating AI for Children

  • Threats associated to AI: It can poses risks like addiction, mental health issues, and cyber threats to young users.
  • Dark patterns: Digital services often exploit children with opaque algorithms and dark patterns.
  • Lack of protection laws: India's data protection law doesn't adequately safeguard children's interests or facilitate safe online experiences.

Recommendations for Child-Centric AI Regulation

  • To safeguard AI environment: International best practices, like UNICEF guidelines, can guide India in creating safer AI environments.
  • Setting a model: Regulation should adapt to different age groups, using California's Age Appropriate Design Code as a model.
  • Consulting stakeholders’: Establish institutions for regular dialogue with children to incorporate their perspectives in AI regulation.
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