Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) on Wednesday said that the circular letter on artificial intelligence (AI) that is currently being finalized is intended to provide ethical guidelines to industry players utilizing AI.

"We hope that it will become a reference of values in producing AI products for business and industrial players who apply or utilize AI," Kominfo Deputy Minister Nezar Patria said.

He added that the circular will lay the regulatory foundation for Indonesia to prepare a better AI development ecosystem.

At the international level, AI regulations, such as the European Union's EU AI Act, have begun to be released, Patria noted.

This will prompt other countries to issue similar regulations, considering that AI has developed rapidly in recent times, he said.

"What the European Union has done will certainly encourage the issuance of other regulations around the world. Indonesia, in this case, will start with ethical guidelines initially," he stated.

Patria assured that the circular would not impede innovation but instead minimize the negative impact of the utilization of AI technology in industries.

He said that the circular will be released in the third week of December 2023.

Patria earlier announced that the government has decided to issue a circular rather than a stronger regulation on AI because the country is currently still in the early stages of exploration and innovation of AI adoption.

Therefore, the measures taken regarding AI utilization will be focused more on supervision and governance to reduce potential risks.

In terms of regulations of a more binding nature, Indonesia currently has the Information and Electronic Transactions Law and the Personal Data Protection Law, he said.

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