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Audit finds New York City agencies need AI usage policies

Statescoop – “Agencies in New York City need better policies and guidance for using AI technology, according to a state auditor’s report: “An audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that the New York City Office of Technology and Innovation needs to create better artificial intelligence usage policies for city agencies. In examining the four agencies included in the Feb. 16 report — Administration for Children’s Services, Department of Education, New York City Police Department and Department of Buildings — auditors found “significant shortfalls in oversight” of AI use. According to a news release, that gap leaves the tools and systems “vulnerable to misguided, inaccurate or biased outcomes in several programs that can directly impact New Yorkers’ lives.” When Mayor Eric Adams created OTI in 2022, the office inherited responsibility for the oversight and governance of AI usage across city agencies from the previous administration’s Algorithm Management and Policy Officer role. Former Mayor Bill de Blasio set goals to create guidelines for fair and responsible use of AI, but this task remains unfinished, the news release said…” [h/t Pete Weiss]

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