China to regulate use of algorithms, punish abuse


The new directive warns that companies will be held responsible for the misuse of algorithms. An algorithm recording system will be put in place.

Chinese state agencies have released new policy guidance outlining plans to increase regulations on the use of algorithms over the next three years.

The guidelines were issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and eight other government agencies, including the SAMR (State Administration for Market Regulation) and the MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology).

All autonomous regions, municipalities, provincial and local governments are urged to strengthen the regulation of algorithms.

The guidelines warn tech and internet companies that they would be held responsible for the misuse of technology.

While algorithms have played an important role in accelerating the dissemination of information, promoting the digital economy, and promoting social development in recent years, “inappropriate application of algorithms” has disrupted dissemination. of information, as well as market and social order, guidance said.

The guide describes measures to facilitate effective monitoring of algorithm security risk, data usage, application scenarios, and algorithm impacts.

The measures include the establishment of early warning systems to detect any unfairness that may be created by algorithm applications, a framework for algorithm security assessments and an algorithm registration system.

The full guide is posted here (Chinese).


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