My amendment to the King’s Speech on the risk of AI

It was the State Opening of Parliament on the 7th November 2023.

This month I tabled an amendment to the King’s Speech on the risk of Artificial Intelligence.

My amendment called on the government to address the risk of AI and to introduce a Digital Bill of Rights to safeguard individual rights. The text of the amendment was as follows:

At end add ‘but respectfully regret that the Gracious Speech fails to include measures that address the risks that artificial intelligence poses to human rights, equalities and public trust in institutions; note that harmful uses of artificial intelligence are already proliferating across the United Kingdom, including live facial recognition surveillance, automated decision-making tools being used to process welfare claims, workers potentially being subject to discriminatory hiring practices, and lawful speech at risk of being removed from online platforms without human oversight; further note that artificial intelligence may have biases which disproportionately discriminate against people of colour, women, disabled people and individuals with other protected characteristics; and call on the Government to introduce a Digital Bill of Rights in order to prohibit the most dangerous uses of artificial intelligence and introduce much needed safeguards for rights’

The amendment was supported by MPs from across the House.