In Denmark, we are seizing the opportunities that new digital technologies present to create economic growth and welfare for all, including artificial intelligence (AI) and language and speech recognition. However, with the opportunities also come a number of challenges and ethical dilemmas. The Agency for Digital Government focuses on finding common methods to take advantage of the opportunities while solving the challenges that new technologies present.
Human-Centred, Responsible Development
Denmark has a national focus on creating the right conditions for public authorities to be able to use new technologies. This includes the development of AI systems that are human-centred and responsible to address ethical challenges, such as bias and the implications of automatic decision making.
Furthermore, the Danish Government established the Data Ethics Council in 2019 to monitor technological developments and advise authorities and private companies on ethical issues and dilemmas resulting from the use of data. The council responds to public consultations regarding proposals for new legislation and advises authorities on specific IT projects and solutions. In 2022, the Danish Parliament strengthened the role of the Data Ethics Council.
Read more about the Data Ethics Council at dataetiskraad.dk
Innovation and Digital Transition
In 2020, the Danish Government, Local Government Denmark, and Danish Regions established the National Uptake Fund for New Technologies, which supports 40 public-sector AI projects. The purpose of these projects is to showcase the opportunities that AI presents to the public sector and gain experience with the application of new technologies.
Through investments and policy work, the Agency for Digital Government supports the development of AI that solves important societal problems. We work for appropriate regulation of the technology at EU level to remove legal ambiguities and ensure the best possible framework for security, ethical use of the technology, and continued innovation in the field.
Read more about the Danish National Uptake Fund for New Technologies