This page reports a synthesis of the main elements that characterise the national AI strategy with a specific focus on the public sector. It extracts the information related to a single country from a comparative analysis done by the AI Watch team and reported in full in the science for policy report “AI Watch. European Landscape on the Use of Artificial Intelligence by the Public Sector”.
- AI-powered public services are crucial for the Finnish economy and welfare
- AuroraAI is the key action to change public services with AI with a life-events approach together with private sector partners
- Capacity of civil servants to work with AI needs to be strengthened
- Definition of strong ethical considerations for using AI in public services
- Creation of a sandbox to test AI solutions for the public interest
Learning by doing
Stimulating awareness and knowledge sharing
Ethical and legal framework
Improving data access and quality
Funding and procurement
Improving internal capacity
Actions are embedded in the AuroraAI programme. The programme lays the foundations to transform the Finnish society towards an AI-society in a human-centred and ethically sustainable manner.
There are plans to publish an ethical framework, defining ethical design practices, monitoring administrations and involving citizens.
In addition, the strategy declare the creation of ‘sandbox’ where AI could be developed and tested with personal data owned by public administrations.
Lastly, there is a recommendation given to review of procurement processes, and in particular the current Public Procurement Act in order to enable more effective public-private AI development.
Data of release
Oct 2017 (update 2019)
Specific actions to public sector
Key Action 6: Build the world's best public services
Key Action 10: The use of AI in public sector activities was examined from the viewpoints of ethics and societal acceptability